RICHMOND, Ky. (May 4, 2012) — Junior Andrew Pennington, of Corbin, has been selected as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance student ambassador for Eastern Kentucky University.
NCIIA Student Ambassadors work to create networks and events that inspire university entrepreneurs, encourage them to become involved in NCIIA programs and activities, and support them to create inventions and innovations that have a social benefit.
Pennington, a public relations major, will attend a weeklong program in August with peers from universities across the country to develop ideas that he can bring back to EKU to encourage entrepreneurship activity among students. Class size for the program is limited.
“I applied for the program because I believe in entrepreneurship,” said Pennington, who won the 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge for his own business idea and recently launched company, Contractor Yard Sale. “I believe in it not only as a very real option for myself during and after college, but as an option that many others should consider as well.” Pennington’s company is located in the Accelerator, EKU’s Business Incubator in the College of Business and Technology, and he is working on another business that will launch shortly.
Pennington expects to gain valuable, formal training in effective ways to promote entrepreneurship on campus while attending the national conference. “I feel with the training, I can bring to EKU a renewed sense of passion for innovation and new progressive business ideas,” he said.