Here are some of comments I made about the program for a news article:
I would highly recommend this program. It really is a chance of a lifetime that is too good to pass up. It takes some entrepreneurs 5-10 years to learn a lot of what we packed into a few months. Many entrepreneurs have what it takes, but have 3-4 failures before figuring it out. This gives you the skills needed to have a much higher chance at success.
Overall, I enjoyed it immensely. The level of faculty and mentors available as a resource is absolutely unheard of. It takes years to make the quality connections for business and for mentoring that were available through the e-scholars program. Having access to seasoned entrepreneurs and business people is an invaluable resource and UMKC had an incredible lineup. Not only that, we each had multiple mentors that we had access to on a regular basis. You cannot pay to have this kind of resource, especially as a start-up.
Given the excellent faculty, we really had some intense Friday and Saturday sessions loaded with valuable content. Then you could attend specific workshops to really hone in different building blocks of the start-up. This was really valuable as well. You need a good balance between curriculum and application and this program has a wonderful mix that leave you with a ton of practical experience in planning for a start-up.
The networking aspect was also a lot of fun and invaluable to a start-up. Any entrepreneur will tell you that it’s not always about your product, but being able to connect the right people together to make something happen. In a room full of aspiring entrepreneurs and mentors, there is no lack of networking opportunities which is a big advantage in getting a business off the ground.