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E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs

Are you innovative? Do you want to someday be your own boss? Do you like to solve problems? Join E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs—a free, six-week workshop series for entrepreneurial-curious, current high school and college students (age 16+).

Learn about entrepreneurship from local start-up founders and innovators in an informal setting. No grades. No exams. Just like-minded go-getters exploring what it takes to start and run a business. Research shows that when you are starting your own business, you don't want to do it alone. E2 gives you the opportunity to get the scoop from actual business founders and to bounce your thoughts, ideas and questions off a group of peers... before you launch!

2023 BIG IDEA Pitch Contest

Wednesday, May 10, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

BIG IDEA Pitch Contest Information

Topics Include

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Innovation DuPage, Downtown Glen Ellyn

Define entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and innovation and how each has changed the world. Explore why entrepreneurship is more important than ever and how each generation can uniquely contribute to advancing the field.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Virtual Classroom

What skills and mindset are required to be an entrepreneur? Review well-known, successful, serial entrepreneurs to identify patterns, habits and practices that led to their success.

Market/Opportunity Analysis

Virtual Classroom

Review the basics of market analysis, the difference between innovation and improvement, and how to put data behind your ideas.

Legal Issues, Patents and Intellectual Property Protection

Virtual Classroom

Explore corporation types, legal issues shared by all small businesses and how to protect and/or patent your product or service.

Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing


Examine sales concepts and modern marketing strategies, channels and campaigns.

Financial Management for Small Business

College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Campus

How do founders finance their business start-ups? Explore financial concepts and terminology behind any successful business.