Jackson Bologna ’23 — I want to thank the incredible Wabash Career Services Office, Dr. Roy Kaplan, and Associate Dean Roland Morin ’91. My placement at Endeavor was a match I found to be perfect for a Wabash man. For instance, I worked from multiple perspectives from multiple entrepreneurs. From all of the opportunities I’ve received from the Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College that led to this, I cannot express enough how grateful I am to be a part of the Endeavor team.

I spent my summer working with the Endeavor Louisville office in two roles. First, I got on calls with entrepreneurs in the quickly developing business hubs of Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, and Cincinnati, OH to generate reports on Middle America as an area to be led by entrepreneurial efforts. I was nervous at first to interview widely successful entrepreneurs; however, that fear soon gave way to meaningful discussions and learning with wise and influential people. Along with my data entry work, I discovered why networking is a crucial step to entrepreneurial success.

The best part of working at Endeavor was learning about their entrepreneurial networking. I learned how to use resources such as Salesforce to track data and provide assistance to entrepreneurs. I traveled to Louisville, KY, to work in a fast-paced environment. I took a big step forward in generating research into reports by garnering the work of incredible entrepreneurs. The Endeavor team in Lousiville, KY, encouraged me to participate in interviews and work that allowed me to meet entrepreneurs I found inspiring.

To end, I must extend my gratitude to the Endeavor team in Louisville, KY the internship. From the introduction to Jake Budler ’17 in early June, I knew I was a part of something special. My opportunity to work with and represent entrepreneurs is a testament to it.