NORMAN, Okla. — We all have those moments when an idea of the perfect company comes to mind but very rarely do we carry them out because of the risks.
However, Oklahoma University professors said in a down economy, it’s not as risky as you might think.
In just one year Michael Benko has gone from student to his own boss.
The OU senior created a company called Student Success Academy.
“I’m in it to win it,” Benko said. “I’m going all in, not pursuing any jobs. I see a big vision with this.”
Benko is a head hunter of sorts, helping schools in Norman all the way into Texas pair at-risk students with tutors to help them get into college.
He has 80 employees.
“When I get up and work, that doesn’t feel like work to me,” he said. “So what drew me to it? Living an exciting life style and taking those blessings and opportunity and living those out to the fullest.”
Professor Lowell Busenitz said the number of student entrepreneurs at OU has grown from zero to more than 200 majors in 10 years.
In the past, turning an idea into a business was a liability.
He said now these people are avoiding the risk of the job market in a struggling economy.
He said it’s not just the economy driving more people to avoid traditional employment.
”They don’t just want to go and be in a cubical and be in an office,” he said. “They want to have an impact. They want to do something that really matters.”