Students in Bangladesh learning entrepreneurship.

The world of business is in the midst of a dramatic and unprecedented change and so is the way we work. That is why Station 2 Innovation is launching the 2016 Summer Season on June 7th, offering student entrepreneurship programming, mentoring and talent fair.

In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average time spent at a given job had dropped to less than four and a half years and that an ever-growing segment of the workforce is no longer tied to a single employer. The trend is continuing downward with as many as 30% of workers in today’s job market either self-employed or part-time and with many large companies reporting that 30% of their procurement dollars are spent on contingent or “fractional” workers.

Learning what it takes to grow a business and developing entrepreneurial skills has never been more relevant than in today’s economy. In today’s freelancer/independent economy, in today’s global marketplace, critical thinking and problem solving are crucial and students in other countries are learning entrepreneurial skills.If you master the skills of small business and entrepreneurialism, you’ll never be out of work! And if you work for someone else and love your job, you can be more secure when you learn to add value to your organization as an intrapreneur.

From the fundamentals of starting a business, customer and business model validation, legal considerations, brand development, IP (Intellectual Property), crowdfunding, working with investors, to writing proposals, sales skills and information on sound financial accounting, students will be exposed to a variety of topics. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with mentors for personal coaching on their ventures.

In July, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Talent Fair matching talented students with opportunities suited to their new ventures/contractable skill sets.

The dynamics in play for business are undergoing constant change and at Station 2 Innovation this summer, we are excited to be a part of arming our students with additional skills to face these challenges and with the know-how to adapt in this new reality.

Summer programming is conducted each Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4pm starting Tuesday, June 7th through Thursday, August 4th. This encompasses a total of 17 fun and informative sessions with a graduation on Friday, August 5th. A certificate of completion will give students the cachet and confidence needed to become a successful business owner, entrepreneur, or intrapreneur.

Summer membership rates for 2 months are: High School Students – $25 per month and College/University/Technical – $50 per month. Student coworking memberships also include shared work space M-F during standard office hours 9am-5pm, Wi-Fi, print and office center, access to meeting space, like-minded people and free coffee. Plus, evening community events are offered at no extra charge.