Students tour companies, meet leaders in Silicon ValleyPosted January 14, 2013
ACU students and faculty members spent this past year's fall break in Silicon Valley, visiting several innovative companies, including Google. The trip, organized by ACU's Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy and co-sponsored by the School of IT and Computing, also gave students the opportunity to interact directly with entrepreneurs from some prominent start-up companies.
Dr. Brad Crisp, director and associate professor of information systems; Dr. Jim Litton, director of the Griggs Center; and Kevin Roberts, ACU's chief planning and information officer, led the tour.
“This was a great opportunity for students to visit with founders and leaders of companies at different points along the start-up life cycle," says Litton. "Some were in early concept development or at the stage of launching a product, securing funding, growing significantly or handling the challenge of maintaining an entrepreneurial culture."
From October 24-28, the group not only studied Google, but also trendsetters like Inigral, an organization that uses social networking to improve enrollment and retention at colleges and universities; Circa, a news app that keeps users up-to-date by adding details to existing stories as they unfold; Corona Labs, a company that allows individuals to create apps without having to wade through the technical language of coding; Lanica, an equally impressive app-creating company; and Silicon Valley Bank.
“We had a diverse group of 14 business and technical students on the trip, and it was great to watch them interact with each other and with representatives from each of the participating companies,” says Crisp.
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