The 5th Annual Innovation Challenge
Last event featured a number of collaborations. The most obvious one is among the students themselves, working in teams or helping one another with their projects. In addition, our mentors did a great job this year—students reported having many helpful and inspiring conversations. And as ever, behind several projects we can find our Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jean Simonnet providing constructive advice.
The top-notch staff in Alumni Affairs lent unflinching support to the Challenge. The answer was always “Yes!” and “Let’s do it!” Without help from Deb Klinger and Pat Fligge ‘10 in particular, this event would have faltered early and hard. Their efforts ensured energizing engagement with Muhlenberg alums and community partners, and our hospitality and staff support during tonight’s event.
The work of the Entrepreneurial Studies program has always been funded generously and promoted vigorously by William Miers ’49. Without his early and frequently renewed commitments, and his willingness to go along with new experiments, projects like the Innovation Challenge would not be sustainable.
Finally, as first-year student, Jordan Labbe ’16 jumped into early promotion of the Challenge and related events. Her enthusiasm and creative ideas helped the program in ways we only hope will continue.