SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)– A big green bus stocked with iPads was parked on Syracuse University’s campus quad for students to check out between classes. The bus is operated by Shopify and WAYV as they are partnered to educate college students about starting a business. Syracuse Alumni Julia Haber brought the bus to campus as one of the schools on a four school tour.
“This is our second stop,” said WAYV Founder and CEO Julia Haber. “We were just at Cornell and then we’re headed to Babson and Bentley.”
WAYV’s mission is to bring opportunities to college campuses and their partnership with Shopify gives students the chance to make their ideas come to life. The Shopify bus brings an interactive experience as students can take a quiz to discover their potential as a future business owner while looking at examples of businesses started with Shopify.
“So we selected campuses with an entrepreneurial spirit and interest in potentially starting a business,” said Haber. “Entrepreneurship is scary. It’s hard sometimes to think you’re a good fit for it. This is supposed to demystify it and give people actionable steps to move forward.”
After taking the quiz, your results will tell you which type of entrepreneur you are and sets students up with a 60-day free trial. From there, Shopify experts can help students take the first steps in starting their own business.
“As you go through the experience, you learn about yourself,” said Haber. “Bringing experiences like this to markets that don’t have access to things all the time is really my goal and making sure we can create an impact on campus.”