The primary purpose of Entrepreneur Connection is to educate, network and develop students, the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders, through mentoring and the sharing of desires and experiences from an accomplished local entrepreneur or business leader. Through this program, students will be able to gain insight into the necessary elements required to become a successful entrepreneur from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community.
The mentors selected are successful Wichita community entrepreneurs and business leaders who are willing to provide experience, insight, wisdom and guidance to the next generation of emerging entrepreneurs. They are leaders with entrepreneurial business experience that are or have been business owners or top level executives. Mentors help educate students by sharing lessons learned from successes and failures while allowing students to ask questions.
The mentor's role is to share lessons from past experiences that will help students learn from their experiences and help guide students to make better decisions when critical issues face them or their mentors possible start-ups. Mentors embody successful role models for students by offering guidance in careers, all while focusing on the developmental and attitudinal needs for a successful career.
Students will be able to establish a connection with professionals as well as expand their professional network. Students will learn tips that will help them develop into stronger leaders with stronger business insights in addition to building a strong network of contacts with local CEOs and business leaders.
Mentors benefit because not only do they learn new ideas from students as students learn from them, but they are also able to potentially influence and groom the next generation of community and business leaders. The Center for Entrepreneurship invites entrepreneurs and business leaders to participate and contribute their time and experience to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs learn and grow.