Thursday February 13, 2014
The Annual Love an Entrepreneur event next Thursday, February 20, at UVM’s Davis Center is the brainchild of University of Vermont Professor Kathleen Liang and a result of her passion and commitment to teaching young people about becoming entrepreneurs.
A long time resident of South Burlington, Laing has been teaching entrepreneurship in the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 1998 and is very proud of what her students – past and present – have achieved through her Dollar Enterprise class.
Her research, teaching, and outreach focus on many perspectives of entrepreneurship and its interactions with people, communities, and organizations. Her learning-in-the-now approach to teaching, and dynamic interactions with students push them from the classroom into learning entrepreneurship as an actual entrepreneur.
Laing designed and created the innovative curriculum for Dollar Enterprise. In this introductory course, students work in teams using minimum seed money ($1 per person) to plan, design, and operate small ventures on the UVM campus. All proceeds are donated to charity organizations. Since 2005, Dollar Enterprise teams have donated over $41,000 to more than 300 charity organizations. It is one of the largest service-learning courses at UVM and an award-winning experiential learning program.
The Dollar Enterprise teams will host one of the largest events on the UVM campus - The Annual Love an Entrepreneur Day - Thursday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Davis Center in Burlington. The event includes Dollar Enterprise team showcase and sampling competitions, service provider exhibitions and workshops, and entrepreneur story telling. It’s a free event where participants will interact with student teams and get to sample items provided by Dollar Enterprise teams as well as evaluate products created by the teams.
Laing’s commitment to teaching entrepreneurship led her to create both a major and minor in Community Entrepreneurship at UVM. The university has educated over 3,200 graduate and undergraduate students in the Community Entrepreneurship program.
Liang hopes for a large turnout to show off the creativity and commitment of the young people who develop these small ventures and to provide support for their efforts in raising funds for local and international non-profits in the process.