Archive for the ‘Business Launchpad’ category

Juniors brainstorm business ideas: Launch Pad classes begin

April 23, 2010

What’s happening with the third graduating class at JP Catholic? Well, we are now officially juniors and that means testing ideas for our first quarter of Launch Pad classes. It’s exciting, but strenuous brain work. So many questions to ask before our professors can actually green light an idea. The big thing of course is, “will it work?” One of the greatest parts of the launch pad is that we can fail. Of course, that’s not the attitude we set out for initially, but of course mistakes made now in college will be the best learning tool for when we are actually working in the real world. We can take an idea all the way through to a finished company and spend hours and hours researching, fine tuning, networking, raising funds, etc, and if it all fails, that is hours and hours of learning what not to do and moving forward as a skilled professional. As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed, I’ve only found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Luckily for us, we are working alongside skilled professors every step of the way, who are offering advice on how to elevate our student-run companies to real, competitive, top-notch companies. There’s no room here for a mediocre company selling toothbrushes in a theoretical setting. More than just students, we are now industry professionals — whether that be working on a commercial webisode or building an online store.  Being at the cutting edge of a fast-paced, technologically advanced business industry requires dedication, teamwork, and foresight. What are some of the ideas of JP Catholic’s up and coming companies? Free-lance screenwriters,  production companies, free-lance editors, an Amazon-type company for fine gifts for men, a podcast company for short stories, and a new media online talk show. What will the future bring to these students? Success, we hope. But even if only one student starts up the next greatest company featured in Fortune magazine, the rest will have learned more than a typical business owner does today and will be confident to start their next grand idea.

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Finding a balance

May 26, 2009

As graduation rears it’s ugly head on the horizon, and we hear it’s threatening call, the business launchpad becomes so much more important on our priority list than in past quarters. Suddenly the various production companies in the Business Launchpad are fighting for the same customers. Work ethics escalate, and things really start getting done. The object on everyone’s mind is money. We need our business to make money…

On the other hand, the senior project is threatening to take a LOT of time. It will be hard to fit business launching in with that. For my senior project, I am making a short film that I hope will be my best film yet. At the same time, we are moving forward with E Media, finding jobs to work on and people who need events filmed.

Where are all the Seniors?

May 20, 2009

An interesting question has been posed by various students around JP Catholic. It sounds a little like this: “Where are all the seniors?” JP Catholic is known as a socially vibrant campus with students interacting all the time. A interesting development has recently occurred, none of the seniors are around hanging out.

Here’s my answer to their question: Provost Dominic Iocco. As the academic provost, he believes that JP Catholic should truly be the Catholic version of Stanford University. He believes this vision and is making sure the students are acting like on it. You see evidence of this in the senior class. JP Catholic seniors have to launch a business while still enrolled full-time in school. We’re working hard studying and pushing our business along through the Launch Pad.  The younger students will find out where we disappeared to once they begin the Launch Pad process.

Meet Prof. Dominic Iocco – Part 1

May 14, 2009

Welcome to our new Ask a Professor video series!  We invite you to watch Prof. Iocco’s kickoff video and ask questions in our blog’s comment box.

To read Prof. Iocco’s biography: click here.

For more about our new Ask a Professor video series: click here.

Introducing Our New “Ask a Professor” Video Series

May 13, 2009

About JP Catholic’s Ask a Professor Series

At JP Catholic, one-on-one mentorship is a vital facet of our educational experience. In our small school setting, our students have constant access to personal consulting and mentorship from professors who have significant industry experience in their area of expertise. Mentorship is a crucial component to successfully launching a business, and it is a critical element of JP Catholic’s on-campus launchpad.

Our new Ask a Professor series attempts to bring this experience to wide audiences through Facebook. Through this series, you’ll be able to meet and interact with some of the highly accomplished faculty at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

How Ask a Professor Works

Please read the guidelines below:

1. Watch our professor’s kickoff video on John Paul the Great Catholic University’s Facebook profile. We will post Prof. Dominic Iocco’s kickoff video on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009.

2. We encourage you to engage the professor in dialogue by asking questions in the comment thread beneath the video. Anyone on Facebook is welcome to participate.

3. For this series, we will post two additional videos in the subsequent weeks, in which our professor will respond to questions and continue the conversation. To follow the conversation in your newsfeed, become a Fan of John Paul the Great Catholic University.

You can help us create an interesting and substantive discussion by following some ground rules:

• Please be respectful in your comments towards our professors and other participants. Any profanity, abusive language, or personal attacks will be immediately removed. Debate and dialogue is encouraged, but we reserve the right to remove any abusive comments or personal attacks.
• Please try to stay on topic. We do, however, encourage general questions about general life and career planning (e.g. “I am interested in pursuing work in your field, do you have any advice?”).

Skin Deep Episode 2: Sunshine Typhoon

May 12, 2009

Here is number 2 of 4 for our Skin Deep series. This one involves the art classroom, which proved very hard to light. I like this episode better, but boy, was it tough to film!

Skin Deep – student film

May 1, 2009

This is the product of last quarter’s production simulation. It is part 1 of 4. Watch and enjoy! Oh, and show it to everybody.