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March 22, 2010 - Aquinas College students will be among hundreds of their peers from other West Michigan colleges looking for some advice and inspiration from successful young entrepreneurs who are part of a tour stopping in Grand Rapids. It's the first and only tour of its kind nationwide. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour will take place on Tuesday, March 30 at Devos Place from 3 to 7 p.m.

The tour features successful young entrepreneurs who have created or sold companies they started while in their 20’s. They have become successful at a young age and look to share the secrets of their success. Among those involved are Will Pearson, president and co-founder of the magazine Mental Floss, and Blake Ross, the creator of Firefox. Traveling the country by bus, the group visits colleges, universities and other organizations. The event features keynote speakers telling their stories and giving advice for those with an entrepreneurial mind. Small workshops and networking sessions follow, where students are given a chance to meet successful entrepreneurs and connect with other college students.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour’s goal is to reach out to as many people as possible, not just business majors. The tour hopes that every college student in America graduates with an entrepreneurial mindset. Representatives of both for-profit businesses as well as non-profit organizations are part of the tour.

For the first time ever, a group of schools, including Aquinas, have come together for one large tour stop. Representatives from area schools have worked together to get the word out about the tour. The event, which is being organized by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Network (CEN), expects more than 600 students from around West Michigan to attend. Students of all area colleges and universities are invited to attend. The event is free to all Aquinas students who register.