The Fast Forward program enables the university to build on its existing small business program by adding a certificate in entrepreneurship and a seed accelerator space for students with business ideas.
“Lilly Endowment’s $1 million grant opens the door for Huntington University to lead our region in demonstrating excellence in developing career pathways that work,” President Sherilyn Emberton said.
Through the program, a variety of key topics will be available in brief courses which will fit for students in almost any major field. Also, a versatile on-campus space will be developed for students to share as they work on bringing their ideas to life. Students also will gain competencies through applied learning experiences and internships in their chosen area of focus.
Through a partnership with the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), students will be challenged to build concept teams, develop commercially viable ideas, present plans to potential investors and network with fellow entrepreneurs. In addition, the Lilly Endowment grant will help fund the development of winning business plans.
In recognizing the need to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, Fast Forward will work with Huntington North High School’s Viking New Tech program to provide a select number of high school students with the opportunity to participate in the program.
Fast Forward will result in job creation, business formation and the commercial application of entrepreneurial ideas that will impact our local community and our broader economic region.