Augustana Partners with Zeal to Launch Boot Camp for Student Entrepreneurs

Augustana University is one of six universities to partner with Zeal on a boot camp for student entrepreneurs

AU senior Alex Guggenberger, founder of the job search tool Jobiki, will be the first Augustana student to participate in the new program.

Augustana is partnering with the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship to offer a new program designed for student entrepreneurs.

The Zeal to Launch program is a 10-week intensive boot camp being held this summer. It will offer mentorship, business development and business connections to student-founded, early-stage companies.

Augustana is one of six universities throughout the state supporting the program. Each partner university received one slot for a student-founded business to complete the accelerator. Augustana's student participant is senior Alex Guggenberger, the founder of Jobiki, an online search tool designed to match employee preferences with compatible companies. 

“In the end, the students will have the opportunity to pitch to investors or have a pathway to a bank for loan startup funds,” said Dr. Pam Homan, executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Augustana University and a member of the Zeal board of directors.

“These students will go through perfecting their business model while receiving co-working space at Zeal," Homan said.

The 10-week program begins on Monday, June 12. 

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Pam Homan.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Media Relations