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ImagineU accelerates business dreams for undergrads across Memphis-area colleges and universities

The Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis and partner its Epicenter are launching the fifth ImagineU cohort for Memphis-area undergraduate students. 

ImagineU is a 12-week, intensive business and social innovation accelerator program.

It focuses on instilling entrepreneurial mindsets and skills in undergraduate students interested in building a high-growth business.

Selected students will receive weekly training, mentoring, and business and technical assistance to launch a startup or other entrepreneurial venture. They'll also receive a $3,000 stipend, a dedicated desk at the Crews Center, exposure to Memphis business communities, and unique career experiences.

For some students, there may also be opportunities for post-program business supports.

ImagineU is a collaboration between seven partner institutions: University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Memphis College of Art, Lemoyne-Owen College, Visible Music College, Rhodes College, and Christian Brothers University. 

The application deadline is March 16, and the program begins May 18.

Applications can be found here

The Crew Center bills ImagineU as "a first of its kind collegiate and community partnership." In addition to its educational institutions, ImagineU's collaboration also includes three community entrepreneurship support organizations. 

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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017.