President's Annual Report 2006
Big Ideas

Big Ideas
As a senior in Ball State's nationally renowned entrepreneurship program, Justin Bates learned firsthand about risk and reward. His business plan for an Internet downloading and digital media storage device earned him an honorable mention in The NEXT Big Thing idea competition, cosponsored by Ball State's Entrepreneurship Center and the Center for Media Design. Bates presented the same business plan to a panel of business experts for his senior capstone project—the one-of-a-kind entrepreneurship course that puts a student's graduation at stake to simulate the real-life risks of being an entrepreneur. "This program has done so much to develop my self-confidence," says Bates, who passed the rigorous review. "Now I know I can put myself on the line—and succeed."

Learn more at www.bsu.edu/entrepreneurship.