Tap your entrepreneurial spirit and see a creative plan through from development to implementation. The U-Innovate competition encourages Ursinus students to develop an entrepreneurial idea that satisfies a particular social, environmental, artistic, and/or market need. The year-long program,which is open to all students in all majors, connects a liberal arts education to the business world.
The winner/winners will gain financial support to implement their plan during summer 2014, and will be paired with outside mentors. Several successful entrepreneurs will visit campus, with a keynote address planned for early 2014.
On Sept. 25, students will hear from 2006 graduate Eduardo Ramos at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. The talk is called, “Risk, Hustle and Happiness: Essentials of Creative-based Careers.”
His career as an actor, global marketing manager, model and author has taken him to over 100 cities in 25 different countries across five continents. Represented in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, and Milan, Eduardo can be seen in magazines, on runways, and on TV. As an actor he recently earned “Best New Actor in a Spanish Language Play” for his work in Bodas de Sangre, and this past June he shot a Latin-American commercial starring Sofia Vergara. As Global Marketing Manager of The Naming Group, Eduardo was involved in the naming of the Chevrolet Sonic and other General Motors products. After Hurricane Sandy, in which he lost his apartment, he was actively involved with other Manhattan artists in the recovery effort, raising money through hip-hop street performances. As a blogger and columnist for Cosmopolitan of Latinas Magazine, Eduardo offers commentary on travel and style. At Ursinus, Eduardo majored in Business and Economics and Spanish and was captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team.
Led by faculty Rebecca Jaroff in English, Carol Cirka in Business and Economics and April Kontostathis in Math and Computer Science, U-Innovate is funded by an alumni donor. The winner/winners of a logo-slogan competition with a cash prizes will be anounced Sept. 25.