I always advise students to take every opportunity while they are in school. There are very few professionals out there who will turn down a student when asked for a little help or counsel. But once that student status passes, it can be very difficult to get an audience with those same professionals.
Another huge perk of being a student is the wealth (literally) of opportunities that are available. Entrepreneur.com recent published a list of the graduate programs that offer the largest awards for business plan competitions. You can argue the value of business plans all you want in today’s lean startup economy, but either way you have to admit that these are some impressive amounts.
Personally, I’m very glad to see the University of Utah made this list. I watched some of these programs getting started while I was a student there as an engineering undergrad and later attending law school. And, as expected, the entire professional community has rallied around these programs because, as I said before, everybody wants to help out a student.
[This post was originally published September 23, 2014, on LinkedIn by Jeff Holman.]
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