On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Dr. John Miko and Ms. Angela Balog accompanied a group of SFU students from the Shields School of Business and the School of Health Sciences to the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Altoona.
There the group spoke to 19 junior and senior high school students participating in the year-long Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a nationwide initiative that teaches young people how to start their own businesses.
The SFU professors and students discussed our University, the unique opportunities that it provides to students to get involved in service and leadership development, and taught the YEA! participants about the importance of SWOT analysis in new business creation. Tara Doliveira-Shafer, a Healthcare Studies major in Ms. Balog's Social Entrepreneurship class who also participated in our School's recent Invest in Success Pitch Competition sponsored by our Saint Francis University Enactus Team, pitched her product NeoBuddy, an IV system (built into a teddy bear) that could be used within pediatric hospitals around the country to help with IV complications. The SFU students then assisted the YEA! participants in a group activity to complete a SWOT analysis on Tara's new product idea as well as identify effective characteristics of her pitch presentation. Other Shields School of Business students that participated include: Leah Kauffman, Ashley Muffie, Nicholas Mauro, and Carlton Taylor.
Shields School of Business