A pop-up market in downtown Abilene this week will feature businesses run by Abilene Christian University students. The April 24 event is organized by the Founder’s Club, a part of the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy, and sponsored by the Development Corporation of Abilene.
More than 20 student-run organizations will take part in the vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 201 Mesquite. Offerings will include chocolates, tea, clothing, jewelry, hand lettering, journals and character party rentals, among others.
The Founder’s Club is designed to provide networking and resources for students who are starting and running their own businesses. Members have access to collaborative work spaces, workshops, training, networking, funding opportunities and mentoring from experienced professionals.
Mindy Howard, Griggs Center student engagement coordinator, oversees Founder’s Club.
“It has been so inspiring to see the ambition these students possess,” Howard said. “They are juggling so much but still manage to run businesses with excellence and creativity. It is such a blessing to help provide extra resources and support in their entrepreneurial endeavors.”
Karson Tutt, senior management major and owner of Karson’s in downtown Abilene, will be participating Saturday and said Founder’s Club has provided her “a community of other ambitious student entrepreneurs who encourage me to grow and improve my business.”