Entrepreneur In Residence, a position held by "Movers and Shakers" in every dominant entrepreneurial university throughout the US. It's a position for those experienced leaders who are willing and able to mold young students into thriving, motivated business owners. Today college graduates leave their respective universities and enter a world of 16.7% unemployment, roughly 8% higher than the national average. Self-starters are needed more today than ever before. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Valley State University views the postion of Entrepreneur in Residence as a pivotal educational tool for their students. A part of GVSUs Seidman College of Business, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on supporting entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs in Residence will aid the center as it reviews business plans and coaches entrepreneurs, as well as help build its programming. With the help of residents the CEI can turn the the center into the primary location where entrepreneurs can find answers and receive direction and guidance at the university level.
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Were pleased to have had Roger Jansen, CEO of Thinkwise, Inc. dedicate his time to CEI clients as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence in the fall of 2010.
Roger Jansen was the first to hold the honor and was a key mentor to several young entrepreneurs. Amongst other dedicated staff, Jansen had a unique opportunity to create a sense of direction for student entrepreneurs and ultimately the state of Michigan.