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FALL 2022 Newsletter


In life, we are often thrown curve balls. How we respond to those curve balls is what can change the trajectory of our lives. This is true in both personal and professional settings. Our alumni often mention how Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program taught them to be resilient and use their skills to pivot when necessary. The interdisciplinary and innovative perspectives on which the program is built gives students the mindset that enables them to get out of their comfort zone, continue reaching for their goals and fail forward. Working in teams to turn problems and ideas into viable business opportunities is challenging.

Entrepreneurship is a journey, not a destination.

Navigating obstacles is the true skill of entrepreneurs. It is the key to learning and growing in one’s personal and professional life and the key to finding success. 

Nathalie Duval-Couetil



  • A Contagious Entrepreneurial Spirit
    Trice Rias-Thompson’s energy is contagious, and she has a spirit for entrepreneurship that continues to bring her success. Trice is a 2012 alumna of Purdue’s Selling and Sales Management program, and she holds the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Today, she is a Managing Producer at a company called Studio 71 in Los Angeles and is the co-owner of Trindi Media Group. She even continues the DJ business she started while at Purdue; most recently, she did an event for the Jim Henson Company!
  • An Entrepreneurial Actor in NYC: Eric Emerick
    Life as a professional artist inherently demands entrepreneurial prowess, particularly when it comes to acting. As an actor, you are your product, brand, CEO, and lead sales person. Much like developing an elevator pitch for a new venture, an actor needs to communicate who they are to an audience in a matter of seconds. It can be thrilling or terrifying depending on one’s preparation and confidence. Eric Emerick, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation alumnus, who is making a career in film & television,  recognizes that he has to “control his controllables,” and create his own luck as much as possible.
  • The Power of Mentors
    The ORR Fellowship offers college graduates the opportunity to network with passionate and entrepreneurial individuals while working in a two-year, full-time paid position at an Indianapolis company. Companies provide hands-on work experience that exposes participants to multiple positions within the organization. And, the Orr Fellows form a community of peers who can rely upon each other for advice and support throughout their entrepreneurial experience.