Xavier University's business school faculty members will guide aspiring entrepreneurs in new X-LAB competition
Business Courier of Cincinnati
June 2, 2010
Xavier University’s Williams College of Business is launching a competition to identify the most determined, creative entrepreneurs with the most promising business ideas and will provide advice and other support to the winners.
The program, which will be unveiled June 2, is called the X-LAB Competition. That stands for “Xavier-Launch a Business.”
X-LAB will draw on the expertise of the college’s 65 faculty members to guide the entrepreneurs, as well as the college’s 1,000 MBA students, according to a news release about the program.
The college has more MBA students than all other Greater Cincinnati business schools combined, according to the release, and those students will provide advice to the entrepreneurs and work like consultants with faculty supervision.
The program also will draw on the help of the college’s 500 executive mentors, who are volunteer business owners and executives, and its 14 executive advisory boards. Those boards are made up of volunteers from business, government and nonprofits.
Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business, said X-LAB continues the work he started seven years ago when he arrived at Xavier.