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E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs

Are you innovative?... Do you want to someday be your own boss?... Do you like to solve problems? Join E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs—a free, six-week workshop series for entrepreneurial-curious, current high school and college students (age 16+).

Learn about entrepreneurship from local start-up founders and innovators in an informal setting. No grades. No exams. Just like-minded go-getters exploring what it takes to start and run a business. Research shows that when you are starting your own business, you don't want to go it alone. E2 gives you the opportunity to get the scoop from actual business founders and to bounce your thoughts, ideas and questions off a group of peers... before you launch!

Note: Enrollment for the fall 2021 E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs workshop series is now closed.

We have experienced a very high level of interest in our fall 2021 E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs pilot workshop series. Students who have already filled out the interest form for the fall 2021 series will be contacted soon regarding next steps for enrollment.

Interested in Joining Future E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs Offerings?

Complete the form below and we will contact you when we roll out our next E2 workshop series.

Fall 2021 E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs

E2 meets in-person for the first and last sessions and via Zoom for the four middle sessions. You will need a computer with a camera, a microphone and stable internet connection.

Wednesdays, Oct. 13 to Nov. 17
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Hybrid, Free

Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Week 1 - Oct. 13

Travis Linderman, Managing Director, Innovation DuPage
Joe Barron, CEO and Founder, Grey Matters Games
Define entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation and how each has changed the world. Explore why entrepreneurship is more important than ever and how each generation can uniquely contribute to advancing the field.
In-person. Innovation DuPage, 535 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

The Entrepreneurial Mindset - Week 2 - Oct. 20

Peter James, Associate Professor of Business, College of DuPage
What skills and mindset are required to be an entrepreneur? Review well-known, successful, serial entrepreneurs to identify patterns, habits and practices that led to their success.
Virtual, via Zoom

Market/Opportunity Analysis - Week 3 - Oct. 27

Hilary Burkinshaw, Director, Owner-2-CEO Business Accelerator; Jason Krantz, CEO, Strategy Titan
Review the basics of market analysis, the difference between innovation and improvement and how to put data behind your ideas.
Virtual, via Zoom

Legal Issues, Patents and Intellectual Property Protection - Week 4 - Nov. 3

Randy Micheletti, President & Founder, Incubate IP
Explore corporation types, legal issues shared by all small businesses and how to protect and/or patent your product or service.
Virtual, via Zoom

Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing - Week 5 - Nov. 10

Barry Saltzman, CEO, Saltzman Enterprise Group and COO, Aqueity
Examine sales concepts and modern marketing strategies, channels and campaigns.
Virtual, via Zoom

Financial Management for Small Business - Week 6 - Nov. 17

Ute Westphal, Program Manager, College of DuPage Business Development Center
How do founders finance their new businesses? Explore various funding sources, financial concepts and terminology behind any successful business.

In-person. College of DuPage Main Campus, Homeland Security Education Center (HEC), Room TBA

Note: E2 session topics, content and presenters are subject to change.

Please contact ce@cod.edu if you have questions or need more information.