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Fast Forward

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.

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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.

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HU Ventures' first business celebrates one-year anniversary

“We have come a long way over the past year, and we are excited to share our work with the community,” said Carson Sprunger, business manager and creative director. “If someone is considering a new website, professional photography, social media services, graphic design work, or any other digital service, we encourage them to come to the open house – meet us, and check out our work.”

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A $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. has created new entrepreneurial opportunities for students at Huntington University.
Huntington University receives $1 million Lilly Endowment grant to expand entrepreneurial programA $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. is creating new entrepreneurial opportunities for students at Huntington University (HU) as well as individuals across Northeast Indiana. The grant, which is part of the Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations, will enable HU to expand and enhance its existing entrepreneurial program and create new opportunities through Fast Forward, HU’s new entrepreneurial program.