In most schemas of entrepreneurship, the prototypical representation of a college entrepreneur commonly entails an individual that has a business degree or an engineering degree. Of course, one must consider that prototypes, average representations of the “typical”, do not account for all cases. In mind and literal self, I am undoubtedly a Dornsife student, without formal academic involvement in the disciplines of business or engineering. Nonetheless, I am an entrepreneur (or at least an entrepreneur in the making). I write today to inform all who come across this blog post that you do not have to be a Marshall or Viterbi student in order to be involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Although it certainly helps to have a financial or technical skillset, there is much more to a start-up. In my own 3D printing start-up, CubeForme (check it out at www.cubeforme.com), I have been responsible for the development of the business model and idea, forming and consolidating connections, handling all of the writing that goes into the website blogs and pitch competitions, among other things. I take a firsthand role in planning the timeline and framework of the business and facilitate communication internally with the team and externally with resources and consultants. Many of the numerous tasks in the forming of a start-up are distinct and broad enough to not require a specific academic path, such that a business student, engineering student and social science student are all on the same level. Naturally, more tech-based start-ups will require and thus place more importance on people in engineering and computer science, but one should keep in mind that there are other roles to fill and not all start-ups are tech-based. Above all, entrepreneurship requires people that get things done. And anyone, no matter what major they are, has the capacity to get things done.
With all of that being said, I encourage any and all with some potential interest in entrepreneurship to check out some of the many entrepreneurial programs or events at USC. I can tell you for a fact that these programs and events are very welcoming toward students of all majors. Before this semester, I felt disadvantaged and disinclined to get involved in entrepreneurship. Now, I cannot emphasize enough how wrong I was. Allow me to reiterate that being a Dornsife student and being an entrepreneur are NOT mutually exclusive. Becoming involved in the start-up culture at USC has been one of my best decisions thus far. So to all you Dornsife students interested in the intricacy and depth of conceptualization and creation (a.k.a. start-ups), go forth!