Building a Generation of Entrepreneurs
Often when I talk to people about what Kennesaw State represents, I hear them describe the "entrepreneurial spirit" of the university. It's a phrase that can mean different things to different people, but it also embodies our culture and the students who come here with an idea and a drive to succeed.
Take for instance alumnus Keith Schroeder, the founder and CEO of High Road Craft Ice Cream, which is the nation's largest and fastest growing craft ice cream manufacturer. High Road was born in 2010, stemming from an Executive MBA business plan project at Kennesaw State. Today, his company has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 for three consecutive years, and Keith has emerged as a passionate mentor to early stage entrepreneurs.
But it isn't just business students who find entrepreneurial success. The Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center in the Coles College of Business connects students from all disciplines with the resources they need to launch and grow new ventures.
One of those students, Chris Dancy, who graduated with a degree in philosophy, is the CEO of Click-A-Shift. Chris developed the idea for his business more than two years ago when he was a student. Working with the Entrepreneurship Center, Chris collaborated with mentors and fellow students and was given the tools to create a temporary job-matching app that connects businesses with college student employees.
There are many other students who have either come to KSU with an idea or have been inspired while they are here. With guidance from Kennesaw State faculty and mentors, they have taken those opportunities to become successful entrepreneurs themselves. We are proud of their achievements. We applaud their efforts to create something new while forging their own pathways to success and encouraging the next generation of pioneers.