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Invention to Venture educates attendants on entrepreneurship

October 07, 2010, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} Renee Favreau speaks to I2V workshop attendees.

Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community recently had the chance to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Presentations and demonstrations on planning, strategy, promotion, and other topics were presented to attendants at the inaugural Invention to Venture (I2V) workshop held at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center on October 7.

I2V featured many local speakers who shared their knowledge about how to successfully start up a business. The workshop revolved around the central themes of business development, marketing, intellectual property, venture capital, as well as other related issues.

The workshop had many speakers that are affiliated with the College of Business, including Maryon King, Director of the Center for Innovation and Associate Professor of Marketing; Dr. Suzanne Nasco, Director of MBA Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing; and Aimee Wigfall, Certified Business Specialist of Southern Illinois Small Business Development Center. College of Business alumnus Jeff Rose, Certified Financial Planner at Alliance Investment Planning Group, and alumnus Nathan Stooke, CEO of Wisper ISP, Inc., brought entrepreneurial experience and insight to the event.

Sponsors for I2V were the Center for Innovation within the College of Business, Saluki CEO Corps, SIUC Technology Transfer Program, SIUC Small Business Incubator Program, and Southern Illinois Research Park.

I2V was created and run by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The workshop has been held at various universities and cities throughout the United States since 2003.