NCAIED to Sponsor ASU’s First Innovations Initiative to Promote Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

This summer, two student interns for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) will get hands-on experience in developing and implementing a business model, as well as working knowledge of the concepts of sustainability and innovation within an American Indian context.

The NCAIED is hosting the interns through the Arizona State University (ASU) First Innovations Initiative Summer 2012 Internship Program.

“The NCAIED takes great pride in supporting Arizona State University’s First Innovations Initiative and facilitating this opportunity for students to learn and grow as entrepreneurs at our headquarters,” said Gary Davis, NCAIED president and CEO. “We look forward to all the innovative ideas that these brilliant young business minds will develop – helping us to continue serving Indian Country at the highest level.”

A collaboration between the ASU American Indian Policy Institute, the ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, and the ASU American Indian Studies program, the First Innovations Initiative is an award-winning program of innovation and entrepreneurship, focused on American Indian sustainability. Read about the program in Indian Country Today Media Network.

“This internship/field practicum provides an opportunity for students to put into practice innovative thinking skills and we are pleased that NCAIED is taking a leading role in providing a home to foster such skills”, said Dr. Fonda Walters, co-instructor for the First Innovations Initiative and senior research analyst for the American Indian Policy Institute.

The First Innovations curriculum is comprised of the summer field practicum followed by sequential courses offered in the fall and spring semesters. The Initiative was recently awarded the ASU 2011 Presidential Award for Innovation for its groundbreaking curriculum and the enthusiasm of the rapidly growing number of students from an expanding range of degree programs.

During their internship, students will work on developing a business model for the NCAIED to create a series of small business/entrepreneurial education workshops that will provide unique and insightful information for a wide range of participants, from start-up to active enterprises. The purpose of the education workshops is to provide opportunities and training to American Indian businesses.

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