Like many high school seniors, Chauntyele Tinsley isn’t entirely sure what career path she intends on pursuing. Luckily for students like Tinsley, the University of Dayton offers programs like Entrepreneurship 101 to assist in figuring it out.
This summer’s two-week program gave rising high school juniors and seniors as well as rising college freshman the opportunity to learn more about the field of entrepreneurship and experience student life on campus, all while earning college credit.
Tinsley took Biz 102, an introduction to business course, during her junior year. When she completed the program, her college liaison ask her to be a part of the Entrepreneurship program after she completed the course. Among Tinsley’s favorite experiences during the two-week program were the site visits to Mikesell’s Snack Food Co. and Logos@Work.
Tinsley said the program allowed her to get a feel for how businesses are run locally and see the entrepreneurial side of her city.
A student at Dayton Early College Academy, Tinsley wasn’t far from home but got a feel for college life while staying with other students in Founders Hall. In addition to site visits, she and her classmates created pitches for a business or idea that they presented during a competition Friday, June 30. Students had the chance to win four-year scholarships to the University of Dayton for placing in the competition.
Tinsley was nervous for the competition but spent time preparing.
“I’ve been asking others for ideas, having them look at my ideas and asking them which is the best one,” Tinsley said.
Tinsley’s idea for the pitch competition was a dissolving pill patch, specialized for people who need to take medication but are unable to swallow pills.