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Projecting Success

Creating a business as your class project can earn you success inside and outside school walls.

By Nichole L. Torres

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Want to start a business and get college credit too? Do it as aclass project. In a college setting, you get feedback and canrevise your plan. Some students even take it a step further,turning their projects into real-life businesses.

Luke Skurman, 25, conceived of College Prowler, a publisher ofover 200 guides to different colleges (including information on thelocal atmosphere, campus dining and so on), as an undergraduateclass project while he was majoring in business administration withan emphasis in entrepreneurship. A junior-year course atPittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University required him to developa business plan, so Skurman hashed out the idea with his professor."We thought we would collect information [for the guides] andhave an ad-based revenue model," says Skurman. Instead, hisprofessor advised him to offer a product he could sell morereadily, like the book itself.

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