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Igniting an entrepreneurial spark with Entrepreneurship Club

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VENTURING INTO ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Guest speaker Anthony Glenn, the CEO of CarDana, discusses the importance of connections when it comes to growing a business.

It’s no secret that students can often feel compelled to pursue “traditional” careers as doctors, lawyers or engineers. However, Northwood’s Entrepreneurship Club aims to challenge these conventions by destigmatizing the field of business and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students.

Previously named “Start-Ups Club,” Entrepreneurship Club rebranded this school year under new co-presidents junior Ellen Wang and senior Siddharth Yerapotini. Their goal is to make entrepreneurship less intimidating for students and encourage an authentic approach to business by providing students with the resources to develop their ideas. 

“We provide consistent opportunities for students to learn about the business world through weekly speaker series with seasoned professionals who have been through the grueling failures and rejuvenating successes of the startup process,” Yerapotini said. “Promoting entrepreneurship at Northwood is so important because we aspire to empower our student population to chase their dreams through the avenue of business to build our next generation of innovators.”

We aspire to empower our student population to chase their dreams through the avenue of business to build our next generation of innovators.

— Entrepreneurship Club co-president senior Siddharth Yerapotini

The club has hosted a guest speaker every Monday since the beginning of the school year through connections with the Orange County Entrepreneurship Community, a group of local business executives. 

Notable speakers include former Disney principal architect turned CEO and founder Richard Fleming, Irvine Valley College entrepreneurship professor Jeff Greenberg and Oceanside Glasstile Company president Vincent Moriso. These speakers provided students with realistic action items that could kick start their entrepreneurial journey and discussed their own endeavors and issues in the business world, such as global leadership and the impact of artificial intelligence.

“The goal is to have everyone familiarize themselves with the entrepreneurial mindset of never giving up despite hardship and not being afraid of taking controlled risks,” outreach director junior Zeynep Arat said. “The one main message the guest speakers have shared so far is to get out of your comfort zone.’”

To encourage students to take this risk, the club aims to provide students with the resources necessary to succeed through a series of lunchtime workshops. Topics range from the stages of a start-up to developing a business model. 

“Before, I thought entrepreneurship was just a ‘get rich quick’ gimmick for broke high school and college graduates,” club member junior Michael Tran said. “But, from Entrepreneurship Club, I’m starting to understand that it’s a means of finding and solving problems in daily life or generally in the world.”  

Entrepreneurship club meets every Monday in Room 911. Find more information about their next guest speaker on their Instagram @nhs.entrepreneurship_club.

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Aishwarya Ramasubramanian is a junior and THO editor of The Northwood Howler. With an iced pumpkin spice chai latte in one hand and an Apple pencil in the other, she is likely the top user of Goodnotes at Northwood High School. 
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Keyur Joshi is a junior, photographer, and business team member for The Northwood Howler. Keyur is a fan of 80s and light rap music, and he often listens to music while working or when he has free time. One of Keyur's hobbies is competing in competitive robotics.

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