Jingle Fest: Holiday Market & Student Business Showcase
To wrap up the semester and kick off the holidays, the IDEA Bank welcomed the community
to a holiday-themed market featuring 14 student-owned businesses. Students were able
to sell their products and promote their businesses to IDEA Bank visitors. It was
a widely successful night with over 150 visitors and 80 purchases!
The IDEA Bank partnered with Auburn University's Government and Economic Development
Institute to offer Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool, which was an interactive workshop focused on making the best use of a city's public
spaces to capitalize on a local community's assets, inspiration and potential. Facilitated
by Nathan Norris, Founding Princpal of CityBuilding Partnership LLC, the event drew
more than 75 local leaders including Troy Mayor Jason Reeves and University Chancellor
Entrepreneurship Week at the IDEA Bank
The IDEA Bank hosted its first annual Entrepreneurship Week in late September of 2021.
Entrepreneurship Week featured ten programs in five days, including educational workshops
and networking opportunities. View photos from a few of the top programs.
In August of 2021, the IDEA Bank partnered with Auburn's Government and Economic Development
Institute to offer an Entrepreneurship Workshop, open to both students and members
of the community.
"Business After Hours" Networking
In July of 2021, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and its Young Professionals group
gathered at the IDEA Bank for an evening of food, music, and networking.
"MINDing Your Business" Yoga
In August of 2021, "yogipreneur" Jessica Phillips led students in a yoga and reflection
that served as a reminder to student entrepreneurs that taking care of our mind is
important to taking care of our businesses.
Troy Football Players Volunteer with SHORT the Squirrel
Members of the Troy Football team assisted student entrepreneur Sierra Champion with
prepping materials for an upcoming SHORT the Squirrel event.
IDEA Bank Ribbon Cutting & Open House
The IDEA Bank officially opened its door for full-time business in April of 2021.
To kick off its inaugural year, University leaders, student entrepreneurs, and members
of the community gathered to cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the student entrepreneurs'
office spaces and showcase the space.