The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, jointly with the Central European Institute recently organized the first annual Quinnipiac University Entrepreneurship and Leadership Academy – International Session, Summer ‘17 in Connecticut.

The program aimed to teach the principal, often neglected equation of entrepreneurship: Innovation = Idea x Commercialization.

The seven-day entrepreneurial experience included an intensive five-day course of top-tier business lectures, workshops, and field trips, mentored by experts and business leaders from the New England Region.

His Excellency Consul General of Hungary Ferenc Kumin gave special remarks, and emphasized the importance of European-American joint ventures and similar initiatives to build bridges between the two markets.

The 8 Central European and 14 American participants formed six multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams, and learned how to turn an innovative idea into a commercially viable product or solution. Ideas included biomedical devices, apps and consumer products.

The Academy closed with a Business Plan presentation to a panel of regional business experts: Carlton Highsmith (Vice Chair of QU Board of Trustees), Mary Howard (Program Manager of ELabNYC) and Norman Gray (Director of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship).
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