Hands-on training prepares students to start and run a business

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Lincoln Krepela is only a sophomore, but he's already thinking ahead.

"I play football and I have already had two concussions. It scares me and my parents because I don't want to have another one. I want to help other kids to not go through what I went through," said Krepela.

This week, he took a step toward reaching the goal of starting his business that'll create better gear for athletes.

Through University of Nebraska at Kearney's Venture Adventure Day, he learned things most kids don't while they're in the classroom.

"Ingredients that go into starting a business and getting loans. All the things you need to do," said Krepela.

Workers with UNK's Entrepreneurship Department said it's never too early for kids to get hands on training. It helps them develop skills they'll need later in life.

"Critical thinking. They have to come up with a business idea right off the bat, either service, retail or manufacturing. They are learning about those industries and they have to collaborate," said Lisa Tschauner, Assistant Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development.

Doing these activities will also help them get ahead.

"If they're going to be competitive both in college and in the business world, they need to have those skills. The ability to think inovatively and to think creatively," said Tschauner.

Students, like Krepela, did both of those things as they collaborated with their peers to start a business in just a day and also practiced taking out a loan and negotiating a lease agreement with a realtor.

Read the original version of this article at nbcneb.com.