John Cabot University's Institute for Entrepreneurship
The JCU Institute for Entrepreneurship was established to promote best practices in entrepreneurship and to assist would-be entrepreneurs in bringing down the barriers to the achievement of their goals. The primary aims of the Institute are to provide education and training in the fundamentals of best entrepreneurial practices, and to build a strong international network of entrepreneurially-minded friends of the JCU community.
At JCU you will be able to:
Develop your business idea and launch a company before you graduate: our unique Minor in Entrepreneurship allows students to select the courses they need to satisfy their entrepreneurial ambitions; students are followed individually by the Director of the Institute as well as their Advisor and their professors. The program is tailored to the individual interests of each student.
20+ real entrepreneurs in the classroom per semester: our close relationship with the leading players in the Roman startup scene allows us to bring young entrepreneurs to share their experience with our classroom in real time; typically, they are obtaining proof of concept, launching the new venture, raising new funds or scaling up at the time they visit.
Hands-on experience: internships offered by a growing network of startups are a unique opportunity for students to have a first-hand taste of what it means to be an entrepreneur – the pace, the obstacles, the skills needed, and the adrenaline involved.
Learn-Do-Share: JCU has a long tradition of integrating experiental learning with other academic activities. Learn-Do-Share is the initiative that brings real companies and real problems into the classroom, allowing students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations.
Mentors for Growth: a network of JCU Alumni who run their own companies or are high level executives take JCU students under their wings, providing advice and direction as students bring their ideas to fruition.
Participation to the Elevator Pitch Competition: now a signature event, the Elevator Pitch Competition allows students to perfect their skills in persuasive argument in the toughest of formats – the one-minute, no visual aids presentation to a panel of demanding jurors. The Pitch is supported by workshops provided by the Institute, by professors who make it a mandatory part of their courses and by practice sessions organized by SpeakUp, the public speaking arm of the JCU Business Club.
Italy Pitches: a national, English-language pitching competition for Italian high-school students. Participating students will select a non profit organization, study it and create a pitch to convince the audience to donate to its cause.
Site visits: the Institute organizes at least 1 site visit per semester to some of Rome's leading examples of entrepreneurial excellence.
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