Entrepreneurs can use lab to refine concepts, build prototypes

College of Technology students and faculty will have access to the campus Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL) to build prototypes of their products.

The 4,000-square-foot AFL opened in 2009 and has been used by College of Engineering students for hands-on coursework projects. It is considered one of the country's premier university-based, supervised prototyping facilities.

In the News: Anderson location assists with Entrepreneurship Academy

Mini moguls in grades six through 12 will converge on Indiana's Madison County this year for Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a crash course in product development, strategy and marketing that culminates in an actual, student-run business.

This year is its first in Madison County. It is a partnership between the Madison County Chamber, Purdue University College of Technology-Anderson and local business leaders, who will work one-on-one with the students to develop their business plans, pitch to a team of investors and present the finished product in a trade show.

In the news: student inventions receive prototyping funds

New business ideas from students have received a boost from Student Entrepreneurship Prototyping Grants administered by Purdue's Innovation and Commercialization Center (now Purdue Foundry).

The student mini-grant program makes awards up to $3,600 to accelerate entrepreneurship at Purdue by helping students with entrepreneurial ideas construct a first prototype.

Chicagoan of the Year, student entrepreneurs headline Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week activities at Purdue University Nov. 12-13 will feature a panel discussion of successful and aspiring entrepreneurs in an event sponsored by the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

Student Entrepreneurs and Beyond, a panel discussion of current and former Purdue students, will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 13) in Stewart Center, Room 206, in conjunction with entrepreneurship capstone classes. A networking reception will follow.

Alternative energy fuels high school students' enthusiasm

Indiana high school students recently tackled the business plans necessary to move alternative energy companies from idea to successful realities.

As part of the Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University’s College of Technology at South Bend, three teams of high school students worked for a week on ideas to commercialize projects based on wind power, alternative aviation fuel, and fuel made from algae.