NEW YORK, NY-January 28, 2015 – The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College is hosting a 10-day (January 19 – 30) program for students from Chile for the New York Entrepreneur Project where they will learn about starting their own businesses.
The 15 undergraduate students are traveling alongside Arlette Aravena, an accounting professor from the Universidad Technologica de Chile in Santiago.
“Our goal is to give the students the tools they need to become professionals. We want them to discover their potential and ‘learn while doing’ as our motto states,” says Aravena.
“The New York Entrepreneur Project is designed to be instructional and interactive, and to provide the student and faculty participants an active learning experience that they can continue upon return to their respective universities,” says Monica Dean, director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship.
Before coming to New York, the students were divided into three groups and asked to come up with a product or service that can challenge inequality in Chile. During the next two weeks, the students will be taking an entrepreneurship course where they are to develop their business plan.
“The students are from different campuses of the Universidad Technologica de Chile and INACAP, which has 27 accredited learning centers in Chile.”
Chilean Students Visit NYC
Camilo Luttecke, 23, Business major
“I want to learn about the best business practices and new technology being used in the USA. For example, we saw a 3D Printer and Chile doesn’t have those yet. I would encourage other students to join this program because the workshops and lectures are very useful. I want to start my own business of helping firefighters in Chile. Many of them have low resources and don’t have the proper equipment.”
Victoria Costa, 24, Business major
“I hope to implement a project I started by taking the lessons I’ve learned during this trip. I want to open a clothing store for people with disabilities. New York City is very inspiring. I’m surprised to see how diverse the culture here is.”
David Colamar, 20, Engineering major
“I signed up for the trip because I want to grow professionally. I’m the first in my family to attend college; I’m also the first one to travel so far away. It’s an opportunity everyone should take advantage of. I want to start my own nightlife business when I graduate.”
Carol Piro, 23, International Gastronomy and Marketing major
“One of things I love most about this trip is seeing all the different cultures in the school and in the city. I’ve been practicing my English and learning new technology. I was also surprised to see how friendly New Yorkers are. I didn’t think people would be so friendly, but they are. Coming here helped me realize that I don’t need to be afraid to speak or follow my dreams.”
Lessons will be incorporated from the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise, an entrepreneurial education program that provides students with the necessary tools to learn how to become entrepreneurs from idea creation to launch. Students develop and manage global entrepreneurial virtual enterprises (VEs) in an online business environment, where they can trade their goods and services in a closed global economy with participating firms and students from all over the world. The site, www.ivefinancial.com, uses a special online tool, MarketMaker, which is comprised of a virtual bank, credit card, e-commerce system and a stock market.
The program will also include trips where students can meet with local entrepreneurs and visit Google, Inc. and the Stock Exchange.
The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship is a model of entrepreneurship education built around the collaboration of an institution of higher education, government, and the private sector. Faculty and students from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, Baruch’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business advisors, alumni and volunteers are brought together to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of start-ups and established businesses and the college’s constituents. Since its inception in 1993, the Center’s role as an engine for economic impact has been substantial: 16,277 businesses have been served, $110,551,952 invested in the area’s economy and 5,676 jobs have been saved or created.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.