Alums search for student-entrepreneur

Bob Allen ’89 has been busy since he graduated from Gettysburg.

He helped to grow a three-guys-in-a-garage operation to a publicly traded, 1,500-people-strong company with offices around the world.

Then in 2009, in the midst of an economic downturn, he started an offshore technology company that develops mobile apps and websites for Fortune 500 companies called Tango Modem.

Bob AllenHe even, in his own words, found time to become a “half–hearted fishing guide.”

But he isn’t done yet.

Allen is looking for the next big idea that he can be a part of, and he is aligning resources to make sure that idea is born out of Gettysburg College.

Allen is part of a dedicated group of Gettysburg alumni who have started the Gettysburg College Summer Entrepreneurial Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to create a platform to connect alums with the current student body and promote an environment that nurtures and celebrates entrepreneurism.  

To put it simply, the Fellowship is a mechanism to fund good ideas.

“We want to give students the courage and support to take a risk and start a business,” Allen said. “This is about as close to a no-risk proposition as any entrepreneur is ever going to get.”

Ready to have your innovative idea launched into a true stake? Follow these guidelines and submit your application by March 5.

Who can participate?
First-year, sophomore, and junior students – under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

How do I get involved?
Identify a faculty advisor and fill out an online application (PDF). As part of the application, you will be asked to create a business plan. You can apply as an individual or as a team.

Ok, I submitted my application, now what?
Finalists will be selected and will present their business plans to a panel of alumni judges on Saturday, April 12.

What’s in it for the winner?
The winning student or team of students will be matched with an alum related to their entrepreneurial field and provided with seed money to take their business plan to the next level.

Questions? Visit www.gettysburg.edu/gbcsef or contact the Center for Career Development at career@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6616

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014

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