College Entrepreneurship Programs

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Dear students,

students-2Most of you know by now that this was my last semester at Metro. As the CFI department has been absorbed by the Management department, the Management department faculty will assume the duties of teaching the Entrepreneurship courses, getting your minors completed, and building up the new Entrepreneurship major (which sounds like will be one year in the making). I had a chance to talk to the Management department chair and she seems very excited about continuing to inspire young entrepreneurs at Metro. It sounds like she has some pretty experienced staff and that you will be in good hands.

After nearly 4 years at Metro, I have met almost every student on campus interested in entrepreneurship. For most of you, I have come to know you on a very personal basis. I hope you understand how special that relationship was (and is) to me. It has been a real honor to know I have been someone that others have been willing to share their dreams with. I value those relationships very much. I understand that mentorship is a privilege and not just a right bestowed upon me because I am called “professor.”

Over the last four years, I have tried to impart on you as much as I could about what I have learned during my own 20-year journey as an entrepreneur. A lot of what I said, and the way I said it, was not what you will find in traditional business textbooks. That is because business textbooks that hold you accountable and demand that you think for yourself will not sell very well. So when it was time for the truth, and time for you to face some uncomfortable realities in your business, I was happy to be the guy to show you where you were fucking up. But trust me when I say I did this to protect you and not because I loved hearing myself talk. I know at times I was not always the most easy-going professor on campus. I know from other professors and people in the department that I had developed a well-known reputation for being a hard ass that expected a lot out of his students. This is a reputation I proudly accept.

For all the things I tried to teach you, there was always one secret I kept to myself: I was never the smartest person in the room. You were. That is because the true talent of any professor is not about what they are able to teach you – it is about what they are able to get you to learn about yourself. And in that spirit I was never going to be the person who was going to be able to make you a success or a failure: only you were. I was never going to be the person who was going to be able to tell you exactly what you needed to do and how to do it: only you were. The best thing I was EVER able to do for any of my students was to get you to dig deep into your own heart, to look at what you pulled out, and to believe it was good enough to create something amazing.

Every single one of you is amazing. And because of that, as you move forward in school and in life, please remember one thing I have always said: “Entrepreneurship is an exceptional journey that deserves exceptional rewards.” Do not pursue a business to “break even” or to “just to get by.” Pursue your dreams because you know you are the best possible person to solve one of the world’s problems, and because you truly believe you deserve an exceptional life. I always knew you did.

Take care,

Travis Luther

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More and more institutions of higher learning are implementing college entrepreneurship programs to help their students become successful. St. Clair College is one of the latest, as they recently announced the opening of a center designed to help students start their own small businesses before they graduate.

The Genesis Entrepreneurship Center is slated to open sometime in 2015, and will be housed inside the main building of the school’s South Windsor campus. This center will provide students wishing to start their own business with mentorship, networking and other assistance to ensure they have the best possible chance at success.

The program is open to any St. Clair student who expresses a desire to start his or her own business, regardless of major. Faculty members are also encouraged to help identify students who could potentially benefit from this program. At the present, there are no plans to award a certificate or diploma to students for participating; however, college president John Strasser acknowledges that fact could change in the future.

The college felt an incubator program was needed if they were to provide their students with the programs they needed to enhance their careers. According to Strasser, there is a great deal of “entrepreneurial spirit” in the Windsor area, and tapping into that spirit is essential for the area’s economic growth. He lamented that failing to tap into it could be disastrous for the region in the years to come.

Local businessman Chris Ryan will head the Genesis Entrepreneurship Center. Ryan was chosen for his extensive business background, in addition to his extensive list of contacts that could be used for networking purposes. The college also plans to tap into the networking resources of its more than 85,000 alumni to help students become successful.

After its launch, the next phase of the project will be evaluating how successful its student-entrepreneurs become. If all goes as planned, the center will provide a much-needed boost for the local economy in addition to providing job opportunities for St. Clair graduates.

To find out more about college entrepreneurship programs in general, contact us.

Recognition for its excellent entrepreneurship program is not new for the University of Utah. Just this year, the Princeton Review ranked the school’s David Eccles School of Business No. 23 on its list of Top 25 Entrepreneurship Programs in the nation. The Business School’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is now breaking ground on a new endeavor that is unmatched by any other school.

“Lassonde Studios”

The Lassonde Studios, a $45 million expansion to the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, is casually labeled “the garage.” It will be a 20,000-square-foot, 400 bed facility open to all students that come to the institute to attend events, build prototypes or launch a business. Undergraduate and graduate students can take advantage of the unique combination of a living environment combined with a studio. They will have access to light manufacturing resources, fabrication facilities and other entrepreneurship resources. Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, explained, “Students can go to class and if they are inspired at two or three o’clock in the morning, they can get up and work on their idea.” It’s the perfect atmosphere of resources and creative minds from varying backgrounds. The new facility is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

What Else Sets Them Apart?

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute has other unique opportunities for students. For example, this past fall the institute launched a new entrepreneurship certificate for undergraduates. It’s an annual program that brings together thousands of students for business plan competitions, innovation tournaments and many other hands-on learning activities.

It’s no wonder the Princeton Review ranked the University of Utah at No. 23 out of 2,000 schools nationwide. The annual survey analyzes faculty, course work and special activities outside the classroom. The University of Utah excels across the board.

Northern Kentucky University’s college entrepreneurship program may be one of the youngest in the nation; however, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been prosperous. In only two years, the program has been successful at helping student entrepreneurs raise more than $1 million in capital between more than a dozen companies.

female entrepreneurship college programs

Though the number of men and women in the United States is pretty even (actually, from the last U.S. Census, women hold a 7 million person advantage), men start many more new businesses than women every year. In fact men own 70% of all businesses in the United States. But even though there are more male entrepreneurs than female, three universities are working hard to close that undeniable gender gap.