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Associate Professor Monty Roper comments on how Pioneer Weekend helps students connect to alumni

Grinnell College in Iowa holds Pioneer Weekend, which according to its website, is an opportunity [for students] to "showcase and validate their ideas, experiences, and innovation through a three-day competition." There are cash prizes and a focus on educating, networking and fun.

"Alumni serve as mentors, provide mini workshops and serve as judges. We also connect teams from the competition who are interested in continuing to work on their business ideas with alumni who can provide mentorship," says Monty Roper, director of the Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership at Grinnell College.

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