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Introduction to Community Entrepreneurship, University of Vermont
University of Vermont professor Kathleen Liang provides each of her students with the capital to start their own businesses. Sounds generous, right? Well, she only shells out $1 per student and she asks for double that back by the end of the semester. “Students have to be creative and gather the resources around them,” she says. Since 2005, her students have raised over $14,000 (profits are donated to charity) selling things like tie-dyed t-shirts, coffee, flower seeds and knitted hats. One group of students went to a local apple orchard and bought bushels of still-good fruit off the ground for a fraction of the price. Back on campus, they sold apple pies, crisp, caramel apples, and cider. The lesson: It’s not how much you have, but what you make of it.