JMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship selected nine student-created businesses to participate in the program. The fellows from the inaugural round of the program pitched their ventures at a showcase.

Virginia Breeze is offering new bus routes, including one Skyline Literacy held an open house on Sunday celebrating This past summer, JMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship selected nine student-created businesses to participate in the center’s first summer starter program. The businesses received eight weeks of business acumen training, a stipend and a workspace for their business.

The fellows from the inaugural round of the program pitched their ventures Nov. 10 to show the JMU community what they’ve been working on.

The ventures weren’t seeking money from investors during this presentation, but they each pitched their company, similar to businesses on the TV show “Shark Tank.” JMU’s First Lady Mary Ann Alger, the board of visitors, faculty members and students were in attendance. JMU spent $64,000 on the nine businesses in the fellowship, and they collectively earned $545,000 in capital from investors.

Each of the businesses are licensed in Virginia, and they all still operate six months later. Some of the speakers gave advice for JMU students interested in entrepreneurship. Read more from breezejmu.org…

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