UW–Platteville students Joshua Inglett and Ryan Paul have used the Pioneer Launch Lab to start their own business, JP Travel LLC.
“Being involved with the Pioneer Launch Lab has been just as educational as going to class,” said Inglett, a sophomore from Portage majoring in engineering physics. Paul is also a sophomore from Portage and is majoring in industrial engineering with a minor in business administration.
Inglett and Paul are part of the Pioneer Launch Lab, an entrepreneurial center for students and alumni to grow their business ideas in a low-risk setting.
JP Travel is a group travel agency providing an affordable way for students to go on a trip during spring break. The first trip offered by the business will be to Panama City Beach, Fla., March 23–30.
Students from six schools are eligible to participate in the trip because they share the same spring break. Inglett and Paul have planned the trip, transportation and accommodations and are in the marketing stage of their venture. They created Facebook and Twitter pages along with their own website, jptraveldeals.com.
JP Travel offers organizations on campuses with the opportunity to sell the travel package and earn a commission as a fundraiser.
“Putting together our business has given me a lot of confidence,” said Paul, noting there is still much work to do before they travel to Panama City Beach.
“I would say to other students who are thinking about starting their own business that it is possible and others are doing it,” said Inglett.