September 28 – London, Silicon Valley & Hong Kong – ‘Virtual Silicon Valley’ platform creator Grow VC has launched a national university program in the US to ignite student entrepreneurs with the entrepreneurial spark. The online venture community and micro funding network has grown to over 10,000 entrepreneurs, investors and experts from 200 different countries.
“We see the student demographic as a cornerstone in building the future of entrepreneurship and venture capital”, says Grow VC Chairman Jouko Ahvenainen. “It’s the students that are going to lead value creation in the new era, it’s them that have to point us in the right direction and lead the change. It all starts at the grassroots,” Ahvenainen continues.
The Community Partner program covers 70 campuses from California to New York, from Washington State to Florida. The program activates undergraduates, graduate students and other academic professionals from schools such as Berkeley, University of Southern California, University of Colorado Boulder, Georgetown, the University of Texas and dozens more. The network has a reach of over potentially 10 000 entrepreneurs, which represents the programs short term goal.
“Students have a pragmatic attitude, applying trial and error to business can serve as a valuable business instinct for building ventures for the future,” points out Grow VC CEO Valto Loikkanen. “Grow VC has always been about democratizing startup funding for when the ‘Facebook generation’ grows up, which makes students and student demographic a clear focus for building the future of investing and startups. It’s with the students that we want to build the future step by step,” Loikkanen emphasizes.
The Community Partners will be incentivized to grow their own personal network, within campuses but also with partners in the startup ecosystem. “The program aims to weave together a net of entrepreneurial campuses, to further boost getting the right initiatives and startups off the ground in the US for more job growth”, elaborates Mr. Ahvenainen. For student entrepreneurs the program offers tools to advance their own ventures and activities, but also engage in building a support infrastructure for student entrepreneurs.
“We are looking forward to seeing the drive and talent of this entrepreneurial group,” states Mr. Loikkanen. “For those that exceed, they can earn a good position within a growing entrepreneurial organization in the future,” he hints.
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