In spirit of Sierra Nevada College’s ‘entrepreneurial thinking’ core theme, the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Innovative Idea competition encourages all students to pursue their potential business ideas.
The third annual Jale Warren Innovative Idea Pitch competition will take place at 5 p.m Oct. 9th, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences room 139-141. Potential cash prizes consist of: first place $500; second place $250; and third place $150. This competition is the second stage of Innovative Idea events, which potentially lead to national level events.
At the beginning of school year, the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Innovative Idea Competition encourages students who have business ideas that fix problems, and its a way for them to get feedback on their idea. Lots of students participate in this competition through their classes; such as ENTP 200, ENTP 400, and Creative Entrepreneurial Thinking, according to Kendra Wong, associate professor and chair of the Business department.
The department asked students to submit their initial entry through a three minute video displaying their pitch by Oct. 3. This video needed to showcase their business model canvas and how they believe their business would be structured. This would include their preliminary research on customers, revenue and business model. These videos were then run through a judging process to decide who would move on to the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Innovative Idea competition. Once accepted to move forward with the competition, students will get feedback from mentors, judges, and business faculty members in developing a full business plan and go into the business competition season.
I’d like to address my concerns regarding the building of a presidential residence on campus. I, along with many other students whom I’ve spoken to on this subject, have grave concerns regarding the impact of this project. These include the environmental impact on the proposed building site, the image of our college that such an endeavor will alter, the economic concerns regarding the use of donor funds, and the hypocritical nature of such a project as it goes against the core values of this school.
The project’s “focus on marketing and branding” [sic] has the potential to be a detriment to the students. This focus detracts from providing a better environment for the students, faculty, and staff to live, work, learn, and play. Rather than presenting an image of affluence and prestige, the energies spent on “marketing and branding” should involve creating actual affluence and prestige. There are several ways in which this generous donation can be used that do not involve a fancier place for faculty and Lakeshore Blvd. residents to party – “a president’s house on campus would be a place to easily host potential and current students, faculty, donors and visitors.”
A couple examples for better use of donor funds may include:
– Increasing budgets across all departments would help to provide for a better education for the students that are already here. This could take the form of better equipment and infrastructure, and/or more campus events (i.e. film festivals, Writers in the Woods candidates, etc).
– Increasing faculty salaries and creating more full time/tenured faculty positions. This would increase the level of educational expertise this school can provide, which in turn would improve this school’s image in the academic community.
Three teams competed in the annual business plan competition now called the Jâlé and Warren Trepp Business Plan competition.
This summer Sierra Nevada College is hosting for the first time, Middlebury MiddCORE, an intense month long program for students interested in building leadership and communication skills and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Sierra Nevada College is currently hosting eight exchange students from South Africa for a total of six weeks through the Young Entrepreneurs Program.
There are 20,000 applicants that apply for the program. The ones chosen take an online class from South Africa taught by Chair of the Business Department, Rick Normington. After passing the course, they come to the U.S. and are set up with internships based on their entrepreneurial field of interest.
Imagine having an out-of-body experience, watching yourself from a third person perspective while being filmed by a mini remote-controlled helicopter flying around you. Copter Kids, a two-man operation freelance aerial cinematography company hit the video production scene two years ago when Trent Palmer, Truckee native, saw an online video of someone with a camera attached to a remote control helicopter.
Palmer created a homemade remote control helicopter to accommodate a Canon 7D or 5D DSLR camera to shoot aerial video footage. The custom-built chopper can fly up to 80 mph and soar up to 400 feet high, according to the Copter Kids website. It runs off of 50v lithium batteries and can fly for about eight minutes per battery pack.