Students in Hiram’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship recently had the opportunity to participate in the Student Venture Fair. The Student Venture Fair, which takes place every semester, is an opportunity to give students with small businesses or entrepreneurial ventures more exposure to their peers.  

“This is a great way for students to see how their classmates are doing with their side hustles and to see how others are marketing and selling their products or services. The goal is also for them to generate revenue,” said David Strukel, Ph.D., director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship. 

Students have been supporting student businesses each semester at the Venture Fair for almost three years now, but David Kukurza, MBA, entrepreneurship academic program director, has been having classes participate in a similar program for years using seed money provided by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. 

To participate students learned how to market and prep items for sale at the Fair, how to market themselves on campus and on social media and planned how to staff the event. The Venture Fair provides students with the opportunity to interact with customers and receive real feedback on what is working and what may need improvement for their brand and product. 

This year, 12 students participated in the Venture Fair with seven different business ventures. Of the seven businesses, students were able to generate over 400 dollars in revenue. 

“Dave Kukurza and I hear a lot about students who have side businesses here at Hiram. The Venture Fair is their no strings attached way to let people know what they are doing,” Strukel said. 

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship will host a second Venture Fair for this semester on Tuesday, October 17 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Learn more about the Burton D. Morgan Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship. 

By Taylor Cook