The Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program attracts the next generation of innovative thinkers and seeks to increase the number of successful start-up companies initiated by or involving Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students.
Benjamin Alderoty, a junior business administration student at the Tepper School of Business, is one of the five students chosen for the inaugural year of the Undergraduate Innovation Scholars Program. Alderoty is also pursuing an additional major in human-computer interaction.
“It is an honor to be one of five students to be selected for the newly formed Undergraduate Innovation Scholars program,” said Alderoty. “Having attended dozens of entrepreneurship events and pursuing business ideas on my own over the past two years, it is encouraging to be surrounded by like-minded individuals willing to join me on my entrepreneurial endeavors.”
This program, created by the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, gives scholars the opportunity to complete a two year program that integrates academic coursework, work experience in a start-up company, professional networking and mentorship.
Benefits of being a scholar include a twelve-week paid summer internship at a startup and a $1,000 grant to attend a Silicon Valley Trek during winter break. To qualify for the annual program, supported applicants need to have taken at least one course in entrepreneurship and demonstrate their entrepreneurial passions.
Alderoty joins three students majoring in electrical and computer engineering and one student majoring in creative writing.