CEPE Entrepreneurship Fellows:
The goal of the CEPE Entrepreneurship Program is to encourage entrepreneurial innovation among Hampden-Sydney students. The program identifies students with implementable venture ideas, provides them a successful entrepreneurial mentor and supplements course work with seminars and activities designed to familiarize students with the practical aspects of running a business. Students completing the program gain valuable portfolio experience in project implementation and the chance to pitch their venture ideas to investors.
CEPE Entrepreneurship Fellows are required to take ECON 185: Workshop on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change. The course, offered by the Economics Department, explores innovations in business and markets as tools for creating value in traditional markets and solving social problems. The goal of this class is to provide students with an in-depth, hands-on introduction to the entrepreneurial process of venture creation. Students are introduced to the accounting, financial strategy, business plan writing and presentation skills essential to the young entrepreneur. The CEPE supplements the course by sponsoring guest lecturers and fieldwork.
CEPE Entrepreneurship Fellows are paired with members of the Hampden-Sydney College Entrepreneurs and Investors Network to provide them with guidance and insight. These mentors come from fields as diverse as medical sales, national defense, advertising, etc. Mentors agree to be available for some time each week to answer questions and provide strategic feedback to their assigned fellows.