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September 16, 2016

Entrepreneurship Sessions Launch at PA

Upcoming Friday Night Events to Feature Hands-On Experiences, Speakers from the Field
by Jenny Corke

Jointly organized by the Tang Institute and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL), “Entrepreneurship at PA” (E@PA) will kick off with an event series to be held on Friday nights during the fall at 7 p.m. in The Nest, starting on Friday, September 30, 2016. To view the complete line-up, visit Also check out related events in the NestED event series at

This five-session series will provide students with a platform for developing an entrepreneurial mindset, including identifying and dissecting challenges, developing solutions, employing human-centered design skills, and communicating ideas. A range of entrepreneurial professionals, including Michael Maness, Katherine Londergan ’00, John Palfrey, Stuart Paap, and Kanyi Maqubela ’03, will help lead discussions. The series is open to students at all levels of experience with entrepreneurship and to interested students from Phillips Academy and neighboring schools. For more information, please contact Eric Roland at [email protected].

Why Entrepreneurship?

Research has shown the importance of developing in young people an entrepreneurial mindset, in order to help them thrive in an increasingly complex, dynamic, and interconnected world. The core elements of entrepreneurship–identifying and dissecting challenges, developing ideas, building ventures, collaborating, and creating solutions–relate to many sectors and arenas.

As young people progress through their academic and professional lives–regardless of their chosen vocation–they will be called upon to navigate issues and challenges that require creativity, work toward collective buy-in, assessment, management of risk, agility, and courage, among other skills. Encouraging students to understand and embody the entrepreneurial journey while still in school offers the potential to build a foundation on which they may hone their desire and ability to think and act in entrepreneurial ways, both during their time at school and beyond.

E@PA Event Series

The E@PA event series is geared toward students who aspire to build for-profit ventures and explore social entrepreneurship, as well as for those interested in applying an entrepreneurial mindset to a variety of personal and/or professional endeavors. Each session will help students to explore core ideas, with opportunities to engage in entrepreneurship through hands-on, practical exercises. A sampling of core skills to be explored include:

  • Human-centered design
  • Prototyping and iterative solution-building
  • Communication and pitch
  • Finding funding and other material support

Although primarily designed to help bring new ideas to the table, these sessions also intend to be supportive of and complementary to opportunities that students are currently pursuing.

Stay tuned for more news out of E@PA! Join our listserv at For more information about the Tang Institute’s programming, visit For information about the OWHL, including the new makerspace, the Nest, visit

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