FOND DU LAC – On Nov. 11, the second annual “IGNITE! Entrepreneurship on Tour” event commenced.

Seven area businesses opened their doors to over 100 high school students and educators from seven schools to not only show them their business, but to give an overview of how they became entrepreneurs.

To take the experience to the next level, Moraine Park Technical College hosted all the students and educators on campus for the afternoon. Students learned more about entrepreneurship and validating a product idea from Mike Pelland, founder and CEO of Princeton Audio. They also participated in an idea generation activity to prepare them for the second annual “IGNITE! Youth Idea Challenge” to be held on March 8, 2017.

What was the single most valuable thing students learned from the Entrepreneurship on Tour event? Students shared the following common themes on the feedback survey:  “it’s okay to fail in order to succeed”; “hard work is necessary in order to be a successful entrepreneur”; “you don’t have to be the smartest person in school to become a successful entrepreneur”; “you should never give up on your dreams or what you love”; and “success takes teamwork”.

Engaging high school students is a focus of IGNITE!…