CS Student Recognized for Entrepreneurial Skills - Daniel Marifjeren

CS Student Recognized for Entrepreneurial Skills - Daniel Marifjeren

On the first day of Dr. Scott Dust’s class in EKU’s School of Business, students are given $5 of seed money and one simple instruction: go make money. Many students do, in fact, make a modest return, but some truly grasp the big take-away from the exercise: that it’s not simply about the $5 but, rather, leveraging their knowledge, skills and abilities to generate a return.

One student, Daniel Marifjeren of Richmond, recently took that lesson to heart, combining his computer science knowledge with his newfound entrepreneurial savvy to develop a video game for Richmond Underground, a local laser tag arena. Not only did Marifjeren raise the most money in the class; a few weeks later, the firm hired him as its new web developer.

Marifjeren, who’s set to graduate in December, then set out on another entrepreneurial adventure, one focused on corporate branding of information technology products. His first product was an EKU-branded USB bracelet for EKU’s computer science program.

“The computer science department taught me how to create things like websites and videogames,” Marifjeren said, “but the entrepreneurship classes taught me how to actually make a profit from my ideas. I still can’t believe how only one course led me to make money, and get a new job.”

Read the full article here: http://www.eku.edu/news/students-learning-value-entrepreneurship-skills

Published on May 21, 2014