BU Strives for An Entrepreneurial Environment

By Lindsay Nielsen

May 11, 2012 Updated May 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is asking our local community to help in its quest to create a more entrepreneurial environment.

Students have spent their spring semester working on research.

Binghamton University's Catalysts for Intellectual Capital was originally started with hopes of gaining 20 percent of BU graduates to remain in our area by 2020.

This year they've dedicated themselves to reaching that goal by creating an entrepreneurial culture on campus.

Students presented their projects today in front of local leaders and businesses.

Some goals include offering free weekly events and programs to help small businesses, growing their new Entrepreneur club, and fostering relationships between businesses and students.

"It's about using the businesses to help them grow their company and it's about using the mentors and the experts and all the resources in the area so that they can progress from concept which most people stay at to actually successful venture," says BU student Alex Hantman.

"We'd like to provide them with resources that they'll need to start successful ventures such as a mentor network, access to venture capital, information, news, and education about how to be innovative," says BU student Lucy Volland.

Students also met with other Entrepreneur clubs at Syracuse and Cornell University to improve their own club.

Through their research students created Binghamton's Innovation Galaxy.

BIG as they call it, strives to contribute to the growth of our region by empowering young talent with innovation.

Click here for the full research report……

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