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Wichita State teams with Big Data company to offer students employment

By David Schwartz
Published: May 13th, 2015

Wichita State University (WSU) has launched a new self-funded organization to connect with outside tech companies for job opportunities for WSU graduates, putting jobs and economic development squarely in the school’s tech transfer bailiwick.

The new entity, called Ennovar, already has a $600,000 contract with internet company Social Networking Technology (SNT), where it will assign 18 students to work in the fall. The company plans to offer each student $800 per semester in scholarship money, with the possibility of hiring students after graduation. In addition, SNT — which has moved from Silicon Valley to Wichita – will award shares of stock to WSU for each student it ultimately hires.

“It allows students to gain real world knowledge so they are employable before they walk across the platform at graduation,” says John Tomblin, vice president for research and tech transfer at WSU.

SNT has developed a search engine capable of collecting vast amounts of data and updating it every few seconds. The company’s first product is a financial information portal, which might start with a question about top stock gainers for the day to catch interest, for example. Viewers can then keep clicking through page after page of information.

“What our company is about is Big Data,” says SNT chairman Stuart Bruck. “We have met with several big, iconic companies in technology over the years — we are only four years old — and they say we are leading the industry in really bringing big media to consumers through Big Data, which is something a lot of people talk about and we are trying to put to practical use.”

On the WSU’s partnership with SNT, Ennovar’s executive director Tonya Witherspoon comments, “Our mission … is to link tightly with professional companies and bring that work to the university, let our students participate in real-world opportunities and real-world work, and also make deep connections to the companies that need to hire them.”

Source: The Wichita Eagle

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