CIBER Hosts Local High-School Students for Entrepreneurship
For two weeks at the end of June and early July, the Smith CIBER organized a
workshop titled “So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?” for area high school
students. In this pilot program, rising seniors reviewed the basics of business
and entrepreneurship and reinforced what they learned in lectures with site
visits in the Washington, DC area.
The program was led by Guillermo Rivero, co-founder of Root Change - a
mission driven social organization working to drive innovation in social,
economic, and environmental development across the globe. He shared his
extensive business and entrepreneurial experience with the high school
The students traveled to a number of local businesses and organizations
during the program, including to Honest Tea, Ashoka, Occasion Caterers, the
Small Business Development Center, the Technology Advancement Program, the
International Trade Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, and the U.S. Small
Business Administration. Students listened to guest speakers from the Dingman
Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Social Value Creation, and numerous
professors from the Smith School of Business. Through these presentations and
visits, students gained a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and
innovation, and how they might use this newfound knowledge in starting their own
businesses in the future.
The program took place June 27-July 11, and the participants were area high
school students who had been in an introductory high school entrepreneurship
class this past school year.