May 2017

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Two Sigma Nu Tau Programs Especially for   Entrepreneurship Students! 
 
Dear ,
     
  Sigma Nu Tau currently has two programs designed for entrepreneurial students at colleges & universities with a Sigma Nu Tau chapter.  The first is the 2nd Annual Video Pitch Competition, which is described in the article below on the right.  Please email me for an entry form. The prize money has been increased for the 2nd year, and we hope that every chapter will submit an entry!

    The second program is the Sigma Nu Tau Scholarship Program, which is a brand new program offering four $1250 scholarships. Applications are due by October 6, 2017; scholarship winners will be announced by November 17, 2017, and scholarships will be awarded by December 2017.  The purpose of the program is to foster and recognize academic excellence in entrepreneurship.  Only one application per campus may be submitted.  Applicants must be a member of Sigma Nu Tau with at least one semester of studies remaining after the fall 2017 semester, and they must maintain the Sigma Nu Tau membership GPA requirement of 3.2 for undergrads and 3.5 for graduate students. Selection criteria include:  (1)  demonstration of excellence and initiative involving principled entrepreneurship; involvement and promotion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem; participation in internship(s) - 50 pts.; (2) demonstration of community involvement - 25 pts.; and (3) demonstration of involvement in chapter activities & building awareness of their school's Sigma Nu Tau chapter - 25 pts.   Please contact me for the application form.

Western New England University became the 23rd Sigma Nu Tau Chapter on May 5th, 2017! Are you Interested in Starting a Sigma Nu Tau Chapter on your campus?

    We have had a busy spring with the University of Scranton receiving its Sigma Nu Tau charter on February 16th, Harding University receiving its chapter on April 6th, and Western New England University celebrating its charter ceremony on May 5th!
 
     If you would like to establish a chapter at your university so that you can recognize outstanding students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, and honorary members, please visit our website (SigmaNuTau.org) and check out our Facebook page to learn more about the process. Or give me a call to discuss it!
 
Wishing you a fulfilling summer,
 
Nancy J. Church, Ph.D.
President and Executive Director
Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society
(518)-564-4169     SigmaNuTauEntHonorSociety@gmail.com
 
P.S.  Does your school have any news that you would like us to include in the next issue of our e-newsletter?  If so, please send it to me at nancy.church@plattsburgh.edu or SigmaNuTauEntHonorSociety@ gmail.com or post your news on the Sigma Nu Tau Facebook page!


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22nd Chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Chartered at Harding University!

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Harding University, a private, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas, received its Sigma Nu Tau charter on its beautiful campus. Two faculty members, three entrepreneur members, and six student members were inducted as  charter members. Among those who attended were Faculty Advisor, David Kee;  Faculty Secretary, Kenneth Olree; and the Keynote Speaker, Co-Founder of  Leland's Lures,  Jeff Smith.

Harding University, which was founded in 1924, has excellent business programs  offered at the Paul R. Carter College Of Business Administration, with a new center for entrepreneurship named the Waldron Center For Entrepreneurship and Family Business. This Center was created to focus on entrepreneurial academics and competitions for students as well as business development . The business school's mission is "to prepare Christian business professionals for lives of service."
Upcoming Business Competitions Around the Country

Business competitions are an excellent way of gaining experience, feedback, publicity, and funds for new entrepreneurs. Here is a list of five upcoming business competitions:
  1. Arch Grants Global Startup Competition
    A global entrepreneurial competition for innovative and scalable startups.   Due date to apply: May 15, 2017  - http://archgrants.org/competition/                    
  2. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
    For those of you who are passionate about sustainability, this is one of the world's largest competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship!  Grand prize is 500,000 Euros.  Due date for submission: June 1, 2017 - http://www.greenchallenge.info
  3. Hello Tomorrow Challenge                                                       This is a global competition for startups and projects solving real world problems with deep technological innovations.  Due date for submission: June 1, 2017.   https://hello-tomorrow.org/challenge
  4. Startup Fest $200K Investment Prize - Event date: July 12-15, 2017     A great chance for startups to gain capital from investors, meet other entrepreneurs, and build a network!   Canadian.         
    http://www.startupfestival.com/news/200k-investment-prize-process-faqs/  
  5. 2017 U.Pitch Competition & Showcase
    https://futurefounders.com/startup/upitch/    This competition brings together the best students from cross-sections of universities for the ultimate elevator pitch competition.     Due date to apply: End of summer 2017
Good Luck!
What's  APPin'ing 
      

Automate tasks with the IFTTT App!   

       While not limited to business-related tasks, the  free IFTTT app (If This, Then That) is capable of automating menial tasks that one just can't be bothered to do.  For example, IFTTT can log how many hours a day you spend working in Google Calendar.  Another cool example is being able to automatically log payments made via Sqaure to a Google Spreadsheet doc.  There are many possibilities with this app, and it doesn't require any interaction aside from setting up the tasks themselves.

This app is available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store


Mission of Sigma Nu Tau:
  
"To promote, recognize, honor, and reward academic excellence in entrepreneurship and to encourage and recognize the practice of principled entrepreneurship"
  
4 Types of Membership: 
Student
Faculty
Entrepreneur
Honorary
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Sigma Nu Tau Chapters
 
2009  
 #1 - SUNY Plattsburgh
Founding Chapter
 
 2011  
#2 - Kent State University  
#3 -Belmont University  
#4 - California State University-San Bernardino  
#5 - Clarkson University
 
2012  
#6 -High Point University  
#7 - Claflin University   
#8 -Suffolk University  
#9 - Middle Tennessee State University  
#10 - Baruch College  
#11 - John F. Kennedy University  
#12 - Rowan University  
#13 - Illinois Institute of Technology
 
2013  
#14 - University of Baltimore  
#15 - New York Institute of Technology
 
2014  
#16 - The George Washington University  
#17 - Husson University
 
2015  
#18 - York College of Pennsylvania  
#19 - University of Iowa

2016
#20 - North Central College 

2017
#21 - The University of Scranton 
#22 - Harding University
#23 - Western New England University

#24 - Your school could be the next new chapter!
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Issue 29

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2nd Annual 
Video Pitch 
Competition

Deadline for entries is  May 24, 2017!

A national program to recognize and reward the value and impact of entrepreneurship education on student success in academic business plan competitions.

Eligibility:

- All Sigma Nu Tau Chapters may submit ONE video entry. 
- Participants must have previously won a business plan/entrepreneurial competition.
- Open to all students at schools with a Sigma Nu Tau Chapter.

Purposes:

(1) To highlight the learning process that takes place when students participate in business competitions
(2) To promote the chapters' supportive atmosphere for developing great entrepreneurs
(3) To recognize students' entrepreneurial talents which are featured in successful business plan & other entrepreneurial competitions.

Judging Criteria:

(1) How well the video high-lighted the learning process that takes place when students participate in business plan competitions?  How well did the video show how their  business plan competition experience added to their entrepreneurial skills & knowledge? (40 pts.)
(2) How well the video featured the students' entrepreneurial talents & pursuits? (35 pts.)
(3) Good Communication ability          (10 pts.)
(4) Professionalism (10 pts.)
(5)  Was the video between 2-3 minutes? (5 pts.)

Prizes!
$1,000 first place
$600 second place
and $300 third place. 
The winning videos will also be featured on the Sigma Nu Tau website.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017. 11:59 pm

To Request Entry Forms &
  to Submit Entries,  contact us at: SigmaNuTauEntHonor
 Society@gmail.com


Good luck!
"My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had- everyday I'm learning something new."
Book Review: 
"The $100 Startup" 
By New York Times
Bestselling Author,
Chris Guillebeau

In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living. Here are  3 take-aways from this book:

1. When you make business about helping others, you'll have plenty of work.
 
2. Effective marketing is based on invitation, not persuasion.
 
3. Guillebeau provides several comprehensive checklists and planning tools to help build your business.   Examples include Six Steps to Getting Started Right Now, the One-Page Partnership Agreement, and the Thirty-Nine Step Product Launch Checklist.
 
This book primarily focuses on moving past the barriers that we place in front of our goals. These barriers (not enough money, knowledge, experience, demand, etc.) make it easy for us to not go into business, preventing us  from failing. However, this  self-protective instinct automatically causes us to not succeed either. The book encourages a quick, no-holds-barred start-up, because the leap is what is often the most difficult. Overall, a solid, motivating read for those looking to start up a business .

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Our website offers easy-to-find honor society forms and introductory information pages. The website now has step-by-step instructions for petitioning to establish a collegiate chapter of Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society at your college or university.

Visit sigmanutau.org today  

and see it for yourself! 

 

To obtain materials to petition to start a chapter at your university & for more information about Sigma Nu Tau's mission, constitution, bylaws, or general information on the benefits of starting a chapter,
 

May 2017
  Issue 29
  Editor: 
   Nancy J. Church,  Ph.D.

Associate Editor:
Anis Zainal

Contributor: 
Daniel Wehrle

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