Dominika Lackova and Corey Patrick, senior business majors in the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University, have been selected as the inaugural Monus Entrepreneurship Fellows for the 2016 summer and fall.
The Monus Entrepreneurship Fellows program, in partnership with the Youngstown Business Incubator, provides students interested in entrepreneurship with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with local entrepreneurs. The Monus Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program is funded through the Nathan & Frances Monus Entrepreneurship Fund.
Lackova is working with Vantage Solutions in Youngstown. “Vantage Solutions would like to welcome Dominika,” said Paul Burgoyne, principal at Vantage Solutions. “She is a spirited individual who brings an aggressive attitude and youthful presence to our team. Our hopes are to leverage her current skill set and build out more applied skills as she helps us grow our product, REACH.”
Patrick is working with 3D PrinterWorks, LLC. Ben Kilar, president and co-founder, said that, at first, he didn’t know what to expect. “That changed the first day Corey came to the office; he immediately ‘took over’ marketing for our business,” he said. “Corey is extremely knowledgeable and passionate of what he does. We expect to see sales to rise in the following weeks, because of Corey’s techniques.”
Betty Jo Licata, WCBA dean, said the college is pleased to be able to invest funds that support the entrepreneurship goals of our students.
“We are excited to partner with YBI to create a unique opportunity for our students to work with the Youngstown Business Incubator and its tenants,” she said. “This experience will enable the Monus Entrepreneurship Fellows to learn first-hand what it takes to start and grow a successful business venture.”
Dominika Lackova of Bratislava, Slovakia, is a senior Business Economics major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics, and a member of the Women’s Tennis team at YSU. She hopes to one day be an entrepreneur, and this opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and the YBI will provide her with many skills to do so.
Corey Patrick of Struthers is a senior Finance and Marketing double major, Entrepreneurship minor. Patrick recently completed a Financial Advisor Internship this past summer with Edward Jones Investments. He formerly served as the President of Enactus, a student entrepreneurial organization on campus, as well as a WCBA Representative on the Student Government Association. He is a member of the WCBA Student Leadership Council, captain of the YSU Yacht Club, CEO of Penguin Creations, a student-run 3D Printing non-profit business, and vice president of Programs of Sigma Tau. He recently finished his third semester as a Beeghly Fellow. He aspires to work in real estate development upon graduation.