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Punit Arora promotes student entrepreneurship in multidisciplinary effort

Punit Arora
Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Punit Arora of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership receives a $23,500 faculty grant from VentureWell to promote student entrepreneurship relating to Renewable Energy Systems Design and Control. 
“It’s a multidisciplinary effort that brings together Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Business to prepare students to develop, test, and commercialize innovative ideas related to renewable energy, including plug-in electric vehicle-based microgrid power systems,” he says. “Specifically, the focus is on four major components: technical aspects of these devices; exploration of the commercialization opportunities for these devices; the introduction and cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset to the students, empowering them to start ventures of their own; and a research component that assesses the relative amount of innovation in an entrepreneurial environment as opposed to a purely educational one.” 
VentureWell's Faculty Grants support the creation of new courses and programs in which students learn how to be technology entrepreneurs, developing ideas and gaining the skills to bring them to market. The goal of these courses and programs is twofold: to lead to the formation of E-Teams, and to help students learn by doing -- gaining the entrepreneurial skills they need by actually forming teams and trying to make both the technologies and business models work.
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