Could the next Elon Musk be found in the high schools of Pitt County? If so, East Carolina University and the College of Business’ (COB) Miller School of Entrepreneurship want to introduce these students to the resources available at ECU so they can be the next innovator, entrepreneur and business owner.

That’s one of the goals of the Miller School’s inaugural Summer Innovation Academy, a free and weeklong program where 22 area students spent five days in June learning about entrepreneurship and all that’s involved in helping make an idea into reality.

“(The academy helped) these young entrepreneurs learn how to separate ideas from opportunities, and the value of customer discovery and business creation,” said Dr. Mike Harris, director of the Miller School. “It was inspiring to learn about the young talent in the region.”

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Originally published July 10, 2018 by Michael Rudd. Photo by Emily Ruth Porter.