Henry Andrew Kauffman ’14 and Sarah Miltenberger ’15 haven’t even graduated from Union yet, but they are both already business owners. The students have taken that experience to start the Union College Entrepreneur Organization.
The group, which first met earlier this month, is working to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship on campus through lectures, seminars and projects for students who are interested in business and innovation.
Kauffman, an organizing theme major based in entrepreneurship, said the group will help foster students’ ideas for new business and help them get their ventures off the ground. The students will have the help of Hal Fried, the David L. and Beverly B. Yunich Professor of Business Ethics.
“It’s a place to learn the concepts of business and entrepreneurship, and take it to the next level,” he said. Kauffman has started several businesses based in the entertainment industry, a disc jockey company and a hospitality service.
Miltenberger, an environmental policy major, said she wants to learn more about life in the corporate world, and recently started her first business venture, a web-based sports information business.
The group is looking to start an alumni speaker series in the fall, tapping into some of Union’s brightest business minds to bring their expertise to the table. They’re also looking to link up with a national collegiate entrepreneurship organization to attend conferences and network with other schools.