Nashville, Tenn., March 12, 2018- Fisk University will host its 6th annual I-Develop week beginning on March 24-29, 2018. This annual business week forum is a collaborative effort between the Department of Business Administration and the Division of Institutional Advancement. The forum will offer students, faculty, and members of the Middle Tennessee business community a wide range of activities such as speed networking, minority business expo, and the business partnership luncheon featuring best-selling author Louis Upkins.
“Our Business Administration program at Fisk has a reputation for producing alumni who hold top positions in their fields. Many of these alumni participated in events similar to I-Develop week during their time at Fisk and received the skills needed to excel in the field of business and entrepreneurship,” says Jens Frederiksen, Ph.D., vice president of the Division of Institutional Advancement at Fisk University. “We’re fortunate because many of these alumni return to Fisk and share their skills and experiences from the business world with our current students and faculty. The week will provide an in-depth look at the entrepreneurial endeavors, but also will serve as an opportunity for our students to network with alumni and other business leaders.”
Louis Upkins, author and motivational speaker will serve as the keynote speaker at the Fisk Business Partnership Luncheon on Thurs., March 29, 2018. The week will consist of five days of events targeting entrepreneurship. For more information on I- Develop week, please contact Professor Nicholas Umontuen at 615-329-8763.
The schedule for the 6th Annual I-Develop Week Entrepreneurship Forum is as follows:


Saturday, March 24, 2018
HBCUvc Conference
Minority Business Expo
Young Professionals Mixer

Monday, March 26, 2018
Speed Networking

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
LinkedIn Session
Senior Dinner

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Business Partnership Luncheon
Cost: $25
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About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk ranks in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s listing as a Top 10 HBCU. Fisk was also ranked #4 for most awarded research expenditures in the 2017 rankings of National Liberal Arts Institutions by The Washington Monthly. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit