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Entrepreneurship – It’s Much More than Starting a Business

ESCALATE 2015 2016 Cohort

Engineering Student Community Actively Learning Advanced Technical Entrepreneurship (ESCALATE)

Join a community of entrepreneurial minded students that live together in a common residence hall during their freshman year, take a series of three courses, and participate in co-curricular activities related to entrepreneurship.

The Rose-Hulman ESCALATE program prepares our students with an entrepreneurial mindset, whether they are working in an existing company or starting a new venture. Students learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that is focused on identifying market opportunities, developing innovative solutions, and capturing value to build companies and industries. 

The program has several unique components, including:

  • An entrepreneurial living-learning community for approximately 50 freshmen that live together in a common residence hall;
  • Automatic enrollment in the on-campus peer mentoring program, where students are paired up with an ESCALATE upperclassmen for one-on-one mentoring;
  • Access to external peer mentors, which are typically Rose-Hulman alumni that have founded a company;
  • A three course series focused on design, communication, and entrepreneurship;
  • Apply ESCALATE coursework towards completing a Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Automatic enrollment in the RISE student entrepreneurship club, which includes the opportunity to pitch your business ideas, attend workshops, and compete in startup business competitions;
  • Access to the Launch Terra Haute co-working space so you have a business address to register your company and an off-campus meeting place to interact with local entrepreneurs;
  • Internship opportunities at startup companies in Indiana or at Rose-Hulman Ventures; and
  • Personal attention from faculty/staff to inspire you to purse your entrepreneurial interests and to guide you through the steps to start your own venture or join an entrepreneurial firm.

If you are an entering freshman and this is a good fit, apply to join the 2016-17 student cohort of the ESCALATE program.