Dushan Nikolovski

last updated 12/17/2017

Dushan Nikolovski

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship Success at Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
HQ Phone:
(765) 494-4600

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Founder - The Big

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The manufacturing lab and any spin-off companies would provide employment opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates from Indiana University Northwest, Calumet College of St. Joseph and other local colleges, said Dushan Nikolovski, director of Purdue Calumet University's Center for Entrepreneurship Success.
"I was just talking to someone from the state, in reference to an individual moving out to San Francisco, that we have brain drain here in the region," he said.

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"We're trying to capture more ideas and innovations than in the past," said Dushan Nikolovski, director of the Purdue Calumet's Center for Entrepreneurship Success.
Entrepreneurs have come from as far away as Yale and Texas Christian universities, but a goal is to get more Northwest Indiana residents to participate, Nikolovski said. Participants get two minutes to pitch ideas to judges and audience members, who vote with clickers. The idea is to democratize the judging and make it more like the marketplace where the products would either flourish or flounder, he said. Nikolovski came up with the clickers idea after attending other entrepreneurial competitions and puzzling over some of the judge's decisions. Letting potential consumers vote prevents head-scratching dismissals of worthy offerings, "The audience does not make mistakes," he said. Entrepreneurs who do not win do not necessarily walk away empty-handed because they gain exposure and experience promoting their products, Nikolovski said. A participant for the first Big Sell has gone onto sell her wares on the home shopping network QVC. Social Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Dushan Nikolovski, Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Elevate Ventures, Northwest Indiana, Purdue University Calumet, Created Technology, Center For Entrepreneurship Success, Director, Yale, Qvc, Judge, Hammond Innovation Center, Julie Bombacino, Home Shopping Network, Local News, Merrillville, Hammond

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Dushan Nikolovski, director of University of Purdue Calumet's Center for Entrepreneurship Success, center, talks Thursday night with Angela Buckman, left, and Lurlene Haworth, both of Crown Poin, in the Alumni room at the Library Center on PUC campus.
Nikolovski was leading a business plan seminar for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their own business and learn how to develop a plan for success.

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