NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One university has taken the initiative to encourage college students to pursue their business aspirations.
Belmont University has plans to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs who may have the next big idea that catches on.
Microsoft, Facebook and Google have been part of people's our everyday lives and each one was started by college students.
In between studying and going out with friends, three Belmont University sophomores have also started a business.
"We are ‘What's Hubbin.' We recently just launched this website," Channing Moreland explained to an interested student.
Her business "What's Hubbin" aims to showcase the music scene in Nashville.
"We not only want to show events but we want to show the local artist and the venues as well," said Moreland. "And create a whole culture for people to go to the site and see what's happening."
For a few hours on Wednesday, the area by the bell tower on campus was dubbed "Entrepreneurship Village." For the second year, it allowed students and alumni to showcase their businesses to the community. It was an experience that could not be duplicated in the classroom.
"I can help people with podcasting, content creation. I can help people with building their websites," alumni Clark Buckner said about his business Buck Branding.
Last year's "Entrepreneurship Village" was the first time Buckner presented his business publicly. One year later, as a recent graduate, some of the other entrepreneurs have become partners or even his clients.
"My confidence has grown a lot," said Buckner. "I just feel like I'm ready to take on the world."
"(I) hope they learn to believe in themselves," said Lisa Davis, Coordinator of the Center for Entrepreneurship Program. "I hope they learn to take that next step in their business that scares them just a little."
While the businesses vary, each one started with an idea.
"We were wondering why there wasn't something like this," Moreland said about how "What's Hubbin" was created. "My thought was, ‘why can't we do it?'"
Perhaps one day, that seemingly simple idea could become the next big thing that all of us can't live without.
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