Sophomores heading into their junior year with a business idea and entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged to apply for the Entrepreneur-In-Training Program, a two-year program by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies that provides support and mentorship to students who are serious about starting a business.
The Kabara Institute introduces students to successful entrepreneurs, particularly in the Winona area, from a wide variety of fields. These interactions, and discussions with the institute’s board members, guide the students toward refining their business ideas and provide them with the knowledge to make their ideas a reality.
“We get to pick their brains, listen to their successes and failures, and see the path that they took,” said junior Peter Liavas. “We’ve gotten some great advice from meeting with these professionals.”
Each student in the program is assigned a mentor based on his or her business idea. By the end of their senior year, students in the program have a fully developed business plan to present to investors and, ideally, start their business.
“The Kabara Institute has built Peter and me a strong network of entrepreneurs and business professionals,” said junior Peter Hegland. “Especially in Winona, they’ve connected us with incredible people who have helped us with business ideas, creating a business plan, and turning that into something you actually want to do.”
Sophomores interested in applying can fill out the online application and reference form by Monday, April 18. The application process includes an interview with a Kabara Institute board member. Two to four students will be accepted.
“Apply,” urged Liavas. “Anyone who is looking to open their own business or Entrepreneurship majors should apply. It’s a great opportunity and I’ve learned a lot. It would be a shame to see kids wasting an opportunity like this; it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime things.”