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The OSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy is a student organization focused on expanding business education opportunities for Pharm.D students. The organization addresses the needs of students to better engage in and understand the concepts of business as they relate to pharmacy. Student involvement in this organization offers a unique opportunity for OSU Pharm.D students to build leadership skills and gain business and management perspectives that will enhance their value as pharmacy leaders.
OSU College of Pharmacy's Entrepreneurial Academy strives to provided business minded students with opportunities to develop skills in the areas of project management, business plan development, financial management, committee design, and leadership. The academy brings in business related presenters, designs and executes a complex external event, plans and manages the colleges annual professional day, serves as the home for the colleges annual business case competition and provides a place for all students to nurture their business acumen. Graduates of the EA credit the academy with the development of communication skills, management skills and their ability to understand how pharmacy and business interacts.
Whether a student strives for independent pharmacy ownership, a career in corporate pharmacy, a health system or in the pharmaceutical industry, the academy strives to help students build on their entrepreneurial skills to help them achieve their career goals.
Supporters of the OSU/OSHU College of Pharmacy Entrepreneurial Academy (EA) gathered at the annual FAN CAVE EA fundraiser to attend the 2018 winning business case presentations presented by P3s Brian Destine ('20), Adam Gattis ('20), Allie Schultz ('20), and Chitra Kanchagar ('20) and P2s Brielle Meeds ('21), Kaitlyn Molina ('21), Crystal Sharp ('21), and Kim Ann Tran ('21). These business cases, which presented an add-on service to an existing pharmacy platform, were presented to a panel of judges at Professional Day 2018 on April 14, 2018. After the presentation, students and guests enjoyed dinner while watching the OSU Beavers take on California Golden Bears from the private End Zone Suite in Reser Stadium. Thank you to our business case mentors Kevin Russell ('93) with Samaritan Health and Joe Ennesser with Rite Aid who assisted teams in fully developing out their business proposals. Special thanks to GSL Solutions and Consonus Healthcare for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 Fan Cave EA Fundraiser. Thank you to our many valued alumni and friends who purchased tickets and showed support for our EA program and pharmacy students.
Through careful planning, management and execution of a complex event students learn marketing, event planning, contracting, sponsorship, advertising, financial management and committee organizational design. A culmination of more than six months of intensive planning, the Entrepreneurial Academy will host its annual fundraiser and health outreach event. This project is the capstone for EA members and provides an opportunity for students to engage in a large-scale event planning project. This year, the event featured a trivia competition and health fair where participants, including President Ed Ray, enjoyed informational booths, entered a raffle for exciting prizes, received preventative care screenings and tested their knowledge of OSU history, pop culture, sports and much more. Thank you to our local sponsors who generously donated to support this group!