Purdue University announced Wednesday it has launched a partnership with WU entrepreneurship major Pia Kann, a senior adviser to President Kevin Costner, to explore how Purdue’s entrepreneurship industry can serve the needs of underserved students and alumni.
The announcement comes on the heels of the creation of a Purdue Entrepreneurships Center, which will provide a hub for entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Purdue will also be the home of the new Purdue Entrepreneur Center for Entrepreneurs, which aims to connect entrepreneurs and students with opportunities in the business world.
Purdue President Kevin D. Costner and Kann will lead the effort to develop the Center and bring in more business leaders to help with the project.
Kann is a graduate of the university’s Business School and is a former managing director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Pia KANN, Purdue Entrepreneurus, President, and CEO, will lead this effort to bring more business-oriented leaders to Purdue.
She is a Purdue MBA, an Entrepreneurs Program Fellow, and an Entrepreneur Ambassador.
In addition to providing financial support for the Center, Kann said she will work closely with Purdue’s faculty to build out the Center’s strategic priorities.
“I am honored to be a part of this new partnership with the University of Purdue,” Kann tweeted.
“Purdue’s entrepreneurship is at the forefront of this country’s economy and we want to be an anchor for entrepreneurship in this community,” said Purdue President Kevin F. Costne.
“The Entrepreneurs Center will be a hub to build connections between the entrepreneurial community, the university, and our students.”
“We are proud to be working with the Purdue Entrepreneures Center to help shape and strengthen the entrepreneurship and innovation landscape in Purdue and beyond,” Kannon said.
“We will leverage the insights and experience of the entrepreneurial students and faculty in order to make sure that our students, faculty, and alumni are able to succeed in the marketplace and achieve their goals in the future.”
The Entrepreneur’s Center will focus on creating the right environment for entrepreneurship, Kannon added.
It will provide opportunities for students, business leaders, and faculty to meet and collaborate with entrepreneurs, as well as a space to grow their businesses and to connect with other entrepreneurs.
The Center is open to Purdue students, and will provide them with access to entrepreneurship resources, support in getting their business off the ground, mentorship, and a place to network.
The Center will also host workshops and conferences with industry experts, entrepreneurs, and business partners.
“We will provide our students with the skills and resources to succeed and make a positive impact in the world,” KANN said.
“I am excited to be helping Purdue develop the Entrepreneurs’ Center and to be part of a network of like-minded entrepreneurs,” Kanna said.