Venture College at Boise State University

A couple of years ago, my friend Mary Andrews (Director of the Office of University and Industry Ventures at Boise State University) approached me about an idea of hers to create curriculum at BSU aimed at preparing students to launch startups either while at school or upon graduating. The more she described it, the more awesome it sounded.

I’m really excited to share that this week, BSU announced Venture College, a program that will debut this fall aimed at providing students with the knowledge, skills and networks to launch a business. It’s fantastic to see this type of forward thinking coming out Boise State. I’ve known Mary since I moved to Boise and our community is lucky to have her. Her background as a venture capitalist gives her a unique perspective in a university setting and anyone who has spent time with her knows that her unwavering optimism is contagious.

As one can sense from yesterday’s article from Entrepreneur Magazine, Boise’s startup scene is on the rise and Venture College at BSU will only add to it. I’m really looking forward to watching this unique and innovative program launch this fall. Go Broncos!

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  • Kevin Learned
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    Thanks Mark for this support of Mary and of the Venture College at BSU. Kevin

    • Mark Solon
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      Thanks for all you’re doing Kevin. Not many do more for Boise than you do!

  • Phil Reed
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    Excellent boost, Mark!

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  • nick steele
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    Hey Mark,

    I am stoked to see a program of this nature get off the ground in Boise. As a Boise native who flew the coop post-high school, I have eagerly watched my hometown gain national recognition for a number of things over the last 8-10 years; livability, affordability, and more recently, as a great place to start a business. As a Liberal Arts Undergrad and soon-to-be minted MBA, I know all too well that “traditional” academia doesn’t always translate well into the modern business world. This program sounds like it will be tremendous resource to Boise/BSU. I look forward to following its success and Boise’s continued acknowledgment as a wonderful place to live, work and play.

    Thanks for being a champion of Boise.

    Cheers.

    -Nick

    P.S. Don’t tell too many people how great Idaho is…

    • Mark Solon
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      Congrats on the pending graduation. Now use those skills and go start something!!

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