he newly named People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will give Quinnipiac students the guidance and tools needed to turn great ideas into viable business solutions. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty and local businesses to help develop the ideas and the jobs that will lead the marketplace for decades.
“Entrepreneurial centers force people to think differently, to think without preconceptions and to turn things on their head,” Quinnipiac President Judy Olian told about 100 people who attended a reception at the center last week in the School of Business. “The word is that 50 percent of jobs in 2030 do not exist today. So the coin of the realm, the name of the game in education, is adaptability, innovativeness and curiosity.”
It’s this shared mindset that fostered the partnership between Quinnipiac and People’s United Bank, according to People’s United President Jeff Tengel. The bank has $47 billion in assets, branches in six states and subsidiaries across the country.