Digital media guru BostInno chooses 50 of Boston’s most influential tech luminaries each year, and the 2017 list of “50 on Fire” finalists includes Management & Entrepreneurship Professor Jenni Dinger of the Sawyer Business School.
In addition to teaching the Creating Value course in the Entrepreneurship core, Dinger and Professor Chaim Letwin co-teach the groundbreaking Crowdfunding the Venture course, which gives students the chance to launch entrepreneurial projects on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. It’s one of the only programs of its kind in the nation, and students from past classes have achieved considerable success with their ideas.
“It’s thrilling that the work I and the entire Entrepreneurship faculty have been doing over the last few years is being recognized by BostInno,” Dinger says. “We have more than 400 entrepreneurship majors and minors with an impressive number of those students already pursuing their ventures. But classes like the crowdfunding class and the capstone consulting course are aimed at aiding other students while they’re in the Suffolk ecosystem.”
That ecosystem includes not only Business School resources, but also collaboration with Suffolk’s Art & Design students, who help their crowdfunding peers design logos, video storyboards, and promotional materials. Students also work closely with Suffolk Law School’s Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic on trademark and other legal issues.
That Suffolk and the Sawyer Business School are in the mix with some of Boston’s start-up stars is a testament to the focus the Business School has put on entrepreneurship.
“Our goal has been to give students more and more hands-on, experiential opportunities to try out ideas, work with start-ups, and take the kinds of risks that entrepreneurs do every day,” says Dean William J. O’Neill, Jr. “With those kinds of experiences, students will be able to launch businesses or help more traditional corporations anticipate the next business trends.”
Dinger and her students recently traveled to Artists for Humanity in South Boston to film a promotional video for BostInno, which will be used if Dinger is chosen as one of the 50. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony to be held on November 9, 2017.