While 2015 was a time for renewal and rejuvenation of the club, 2016 will focus on strengthening and defining how the club can continuously provide value to the widest range of students possible.
In 2015, we rebranded the Entrepreneurship Immersion Program, restructured Demo Day, streamlined Husky Startup Challenge companies into IDEA’s “Set Stage”, made improvements to the Weekly Speaker Series experience and created Entrepreneur Dinners, the Entrepreneurship Kickoff at NU, Ideation Sessions and TechTreks! And while this may seem like a lot of change for one semester, we still aren’t done. The team has been hard at work listening to your feedback and brainstorming ways to continue positive growth of the club, while making sure everything we do provides value to you!
In 2016, we’re sticking to a similar path. We have two main initiatives.
1) Club Structure
Over the past few years the club has focused on building new and exciting programs, like Social-E, Marketing Marines and INNOweekend. However, we’ve found that this creates a dichotomy within the club and causes confusion among our members when marketing and talking about how it all works. It also segments our board, internally, and creates a disjointed, ineffective team.
SO, we’re making a change. With the exception of the Husky Startup Challenge, our Flagship program, the Entrepreneurs Club is now “program-free”. Yes, we are still hosting our Weekly Speaker Series, Entrepreneurship Dinners, Ideation Sessions, TechTreks, Pitch Day etc., but they will all be held directly under one umbrella, known as The Entrepreneurs Club, not as separate programs.
Executive Board Structure
To follow along with the club’s structural changes, the team is moving away from segments and silos to a more community-driven model. We believe, this will benefit both our Board and each of our members and make for a more enjoyable experience with the club.
2) More of what you want: Growing your professional network, mentorship & getting off campus and into the community
As we move away from content-based programming, we move toward people-focused events. Whether it’s Entrepreneur Dinners or TechTreks or even the Weekly Speaker Series, we want you to meet as many people as possible. There’s a famous saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, and we think that holds true for entrepreneurship. We’re creating access for you to meet like-minded students and local professionals. And with that, we’re bringing a more diverse group of speakers, more times. Lined up so far we have twelve Weekly Speaker Series, ten Entrepreneur Dinners and four TechTreks.
While all of these changes are good, we want to assure you that we have not forgotten our mission. And that, is providing continued value to each and every member. So for those of you who want to start your own company, we’ll continue to bring you the Husky Startup Challenge and Ideation sessions. For those of you who want to work for a startup, you have that opportunity through our IDEA/Eclub collaboration, Pitch Day. If you want to join the greater Boston innovation community, through mentorship and building your network, we bring you TechTreks and Entrepreneur Dinners. And for those of you who aren’t quite sure, or just want to meet some cool speakers, we’re bringing you the Weekly Speaker Series. We have crafted and iterated on events and programs for students interested in Entrepreneurship at any level.
For a full list of events, speakers and programs, you can take a look at our public calendar and even add it to your own! You should probably also sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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