Taking the leap to entrepreneurship is an exciting and scary journey filled with pitfalls, sacrifices and rewards. Stetson University students and the community can learn about the ups and downs of running a business during virtual Entrepreneurship Thursdays.

The speaker series, popular with Stetson students, is hosted by the Joseph C. Prince Entrepreneurship Program at the School of Business Administration.

This year, the events will be held virtually 6-7 Thursday evenings during the fall semester. The next event, on Oct. 1, will feature Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, who will be discussing his company and entrepreneurial venture.

For the past three years, Entrepreneurship Thursdays has featured former Shark Tank contestants and startup founders who have made a mark in the business world. Entrepreneurs share their life-changing stories and projects, and how they went from zero revenue to earning their first dollar.

“The purpose of Entrepreneurship Thursdays is to inspire students to become entrepreneurs and/or innovators within established businesses,” said Lou Paris, MBA, director of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program. “The students and general public have a chance to listen to business success stories, which come with a fair share of obstacles that can be tackled and overcome with perseverance.”

Paris, an assistant professor of practice and management, is in his own right an extremely successful entrepreneur who has worked in six countries in varying fields of business. He received his MBA and BBA degrees from Stetson in 2007 and 2001, respectively.

The event also provides entrepreneurship students with an opportunity to network with business leaders, pitch their ideas, obtain an internship or job, and find a mentor.

Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the oldest private university in Central Florida. Stetson ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of Best Regional Universities (South), and has been recognized as one of The Princeton Review’s 386 Best Colleges, 2021 edition.