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GSU selected for program

Six HBCUs to participate in entrepreneurial initiative

The Delta Regional Authority recently selected Grambling State University as one of six Historically Black Universities to be a part of their HBCU Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative.

Otto Meyers, interim vice president of advancement, said interested HBCUs submitted an application to the Delta Regional Authority for competitive review.

The application process required each university to address previous work in developing and supporting entrepreneurs, a vision for expanding these efforts and the identification of community partners.

Otto Meyers, assembled a team to develop the application.

The writing team consisted of advancement staff, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and business faculty.

Members of the writing team included Meyers, Talmon Butler, Erick Valentine, John Nwoha, Donald White, Ben Nwokolo and Danny Hubbard.

Connie Walton, interim director of sponsored programs led the writing efforts.

Meyers said the ultimate goal of this initiative is to improve the job opportunities available in the Delta Region. This region of the United States has approximately 10 million residents and consists of parishes and counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. 

The GSU vision for expanding its entrepreneurial focus includes providing training that targets all students.

Additionally, specific training will be provided for those aspiring entrepreneurs that have technology-related business ideas.

These ideas may include the development of Apps.

“We are excited that Grambling State University was selected to be a part of this initiative,” said Leon Sanders, interim chief of operations and vice president for finance.

GSU has partnered with agencies to equip students with skills that will impact communities in a positive manner since 1901.

This program supports the expansion of the University’s entrepreneurial footprint and expansion of the training provided to students.”

GSU will receive funds to host a two-day technical assistance, rapid acceleration workshop during year one.

This workshop will focus on areas that are vital to establishing and maintaining a successful business, Sanders said.

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