In addition to the cash stake, the students can solicit donations. They've been supported financially by a Burlington health food supermarket and the campus food service provider.
Any profit is given to charity. In eight years, the projects have donated more than $40,000 to more than 300 charitable organizations.
Some of the groups have had wild success over the years.
One group bought and resold clothes, books and other small gadgets and made $800 in profit in three weeks, Liang said.
Other groups haven't been as lucky, with two losing all their money by trying to sell T-shirts.
"Most of the people do not purchase multiple T-shirts in a short period of time," Liang said.
This year's class already ranks among the best by making a combined profit of more than $1,000 the first week, a record.
"A lot of times people will think, 'Well, you have to own your business to be an entrepreneur,' but I am a firm believer that everybody can be," Liang said. All it takes, she said, is "a chance to learn and to see what it's like, the challenges and rewards."