About

The UNI Entrepreneurs club has one goal: SPREAD ENTREPRENEURSHIP! We are here to act as a resource for any student looking to develop skills and a large array of knowledge. Even if starting a business isn't something that sounds appealing to you, this club still has a lot to offer. We will help guide you on your journey to becoming a leader, and a creative free thinker. As a member of the club, you will be exposed to several opportunities. Networking, community building, and many conference opportunities are just some the experiences you will to take part in by joining this organization. We are confident that this club will help shape you into the person you want to become.  It is unlike any other club on campus, and we pride ourselves on helping you reach your goals. We are here for you. The question is, are you ready to join?

It's All About the Experience!

We say this a lot in the club, but it couldn't be more true. We try to make sure that you always get the most out of trips, speakers, and the projects we do. Our goal is to make sure by being in the club you feel you've received the complete experience. We know if you walk away happy and empowered, then we know we're doing a great job!

Entrepreneurship: It's a mindset

Many students think being an entrepreneur is about wanting to own a small business, or possibly create a tech startup. We try to break this stereotype in the club. What we want members to understand is, it's not all about starting going off on a solo venture, it's about having an innovative and creative mindset. We've found this is much more beneficial for members, because it not only relates to students who may not want to own a business, but it also is applicable to multiple aspects of life!

Trips

Okay, here is the fun part. The UNI Entrepreneurs club take a lot of awesome trips. We make it a point to go out into the community to experience and learn about what really goes on with startups and small businesses. Every semester we take a trip to either Chicago or Des Moines. These are some of the most fun weekends students have. We get a chance to explore the city, tour some serious startups, and the opportunity to get a taste of the night life. Overall it's a great bonding opportunity, and a ton of fun!

 

 

 

Sam's Club Challenge

The Sam's Club Challenge gives students a very unique opportunity to get hands on with established businesses. The club is awarded $1,500 to go into a specific business, talk with the owner, and then identify specific problems that the business has. That money is then used to help the business resolve the identified problems. This is a nation competition that is all based on the final impact report. Traditionally UNI has done very well in this event. The students make great connections and learn a lot, while the business owners get help with solving some of there most challenging problems!

EntreCon

EntreCON is an entrepreneurial conference that is currently being organized by a select group of individuals in the club. The purpose of the conference is to show students and community members that entrepreneurship can be applied to all walks of life. The event will host several key note speakers, and be a great opportunity for students to network with successful entrepreneurs. Prior to the event we will have a UNI alumni dinner, which will give the students the chance to talk with graduates and learn more about what opportunities exist outside of college.  The conference will be held November 15th, 2014.  

LaunchPAD

LaunchPAD is a group designed for students who are serious about starting a business. In this group, members will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback on business ideas, as well as share experiences and insight. Students will learn and master the steps involved in starting a business. In past experiences, members learned a lot about branding, manufacturing, distributing, and all the legal processes that go into starting a business. For those of you interested in starting a specific business, this is a great place to start. It has become one of the most fun and rewarding things we do in the club! 

 

Executive Team

 

Michael Caraway

President

Wow - looking back on the last three years I have no idea how I wound up where I am today. Three years ago I was packing up for college - not having a clue about what I wanted to do. I just happened to be introduced to this club and my eyes instantly opened. A drive just hit me to not only immerse myself in entrepreneurship - but to show others how amazing the journey is. After being re-elected this year, I am extremely excited about what UNI-E has going on!

Keevin O’Rourke

Vice President

Never did I think I would become an entrepreneur. That was until I just happened to join the UNI-E Club and instantly fell in love with it. Now, I am obsessed with not only the entrepreneurial mindset - but also helping out others along the way. That's what truly makes UNI-E unique to a lot of other clubs - the execs are not in "power" for selfish reasons. We are truly here to help spread the amazingly addictive and exciting life of entrepreneurship.

Cassie Evers

Secretary

When I signed up for the UNI-E club, I didn’t realize what an incredible impact this club would have in my life. Not only do I genuinely look forward to the meetings every week, but I’ve gotten to know some of the most inspiring, passionate, and innovative people I’ve ever met. It’s through these people that my view of what entrepreneurship really means has changed. Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting a business, it’s a mindset.

Thomas Benjamin

Media Chair

The UNI-E club is one of the best organizations I have ever been apart of. As cheesy as it may be, the drive and passion from every member about entrepreneurship really makes us feel like a family. I love getting to help others pursue their dreams and give them the best experience possible. A lot has changed in just one year of involvement and cannot wait for the great stuff we have in store in the future.

Jessica Du Bois

Recruitment Chair

Instead of picking 10 clubs to join, pick one and give it everything you have. That is what I chose to do with UNI-E Club and I have had no regrets. It has surrounded me with people who have the same drive to succeed as I do. Entrepreneur Club offers the tools needed to achieve future career goals and a support system that is filled with friendships. The members have taught me that where ever you are in life, you can always take it up a notch.

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