The center is housed in a 1,700-square-foot, contemporarily designed space and features chairs, desks and tables where students can meet to discuss business ideas with fellow entrepreneurs and mentors.
Students participating in the center’s Startup Accelerator program have access to their own desk, left, for one year. The center also has a meeting room for students to meet with clients and other entrepreneurs.
Entrance to the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship located on the second floor of Raley Hall.
Gabriel Arrandt, a student entrepreneur, sells furniture made from used skateboards in BootstrAPPs, Appalachian’s student-run store. “BootstrAPPs has definitely been a learning experience and has taught me a lot about patience. It has given me a first-hand experience of what it means to be an entrepreneur and I know it will help me grow as a businessman,” he said.
Paul Martin, a junior international business major, participates in the Dale Tweedy Mentorship Program. His mentor, Andrew Loos, runs a marketing firm in California. “What I have with Andrew is an apprenticeship. He isn’t just telling me how to run a business, he is teaching me. This program has definitely taken me to where I need to be in regards to being a successful entrepreneur,” Martin said.
Clothing, purses and furniture are a few of the items sold by student entrepreneurs at BootstrAPPs.
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