September 21, 2010
The undergraduate Entrepreneurship program at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business ranked No. 2 among the more than 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine in its eight annual “Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs of 2010″ rankings.
“We’ve long been seen as a pioneer in entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Terry S. Maness, dean of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “We started one of the first programs in the nation decades ago and it continues to provide thought leadership across the nation.”
“Innovative initiatives in Baylor’s program include an Entrepreneurship Living and Learning Center on campus and the development of several international programs in China, Africa, the Dominican Republic and Europe,” said Dr. Kendall Artz, director of Baylor’s Entrepreneurship program and chair of the department of management. “In addition, the Baylor Angel Network and the Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative bring Baylor’s program further dimension and engagement.”
Baylor was evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, graduating students who actually create new ventures, excellence in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs.
“Behind the top ranked schools is not only a great formal classroom experience, but a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching entrepreneurship that embraces and encourages a student’s vision to build a successful business,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing.
“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”
Serra Ventures, LLC is a financial and strategic partner of Baylor’s Entrepreneurship program and also a member of the Baylor Angel Network. Tim Hoerr, CEO of Serra Ventures, is a charter Board member of Baylor’s Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative and has served in that capacity since 2008.
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