“My strengths are building programs and engaging students,” says Director of the Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Andrew King. Just a year into his tenure, King is capitalizing on his strengths by expanding the Center’s offerings and actively mentoring students as they launch new ventures.
This fall, King launched the Tiger’s Den New Venture Incubator—INDS 285.3—which is the newest iteration of the entrepreneurship competition formerly known as Tiger’s Den. While the previous Tiger’s Den was exclusively a pitch contest, the Tiger’s Den Incubator is a Compass course running through the 10-week instructional block this fall. Students are introduced to the foundational entrepreneurial principles for developing a new venture and use industry best practices to plan and validate their business ideas.
The fall 2020 semester will then culminate in the Tiger’s Den Pitch Contest in which students—whether enrolled in the Incubator course or not—will have the chance to present their new business ideas or established ventures to a panel of expert alumni entrepreneurs who will then distribute $15,000 in seed funding. “My broader vision for the Center is to compel students to take action on their creative ideas,” says King.