July 15, 2019 – Student Entrepreneurship

Micah Toll – Student Entrepreneur:  Based on what you see in the 5:36 video on Micah, how does his background and training as an undergraduate engineering student influence his entrepreneurial activities (i.e. how is an engineering student like Micah a good fit for an independent business-related activity)?

With Micah being an undergraduate engineering student, he learns to find a problem in the world and to provide a solution to it.  In this situation, Micah saw that there was a problem with building materials for those who had just experienced a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina.  He was able to apply what he learned in class to the real world.  Micah’s ability to notice a problem and then find a solution to it is what makes him a good fit for an independent business-related activity.

Pitt Business Students as Entrepreneurs:  Now – thinking about how this video/topic could apply to you – how will your background and training as an undergraduate business student influence your entrepreneurial activities (i.e. how is a business student a good fit for an independent business-related activity?)  

As an undergraduate business student, finding solutions to problems is key to successful business, especially as an entrepreneur.  Being an entrepreneur, you will be faced with problems and finding solutions determines your success.  Problem solving is one of the most sought-after skills in the working world.  If you are able to find solutions to problems, you will be valuable to a company, which means you are more likely to land the job you want.

Other Examples Like This?:  So – if you have the opportunity to work with student entrepreneurs like Micah (either as a peer or as their boss/manager one day) – what support would you give them to get them to fully develop their talents/skills?

It is very important to hear out ideas and to brainstorm.  Some ideas that may seem ridiculous at first may need to be explored further to realize the potential they have.  It is very important to realize the talents that people have and to nurture those talents.  Find what skills people have and put them in a position that suits them.  At the same time, they should be given challenges that build on what they are already good at, whether that be making them better at it or adding more skills to their repertoire.