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The Academic Entrepreneur


With summer now officially in full swing, rising seniors are planning their essay topics and awaiting the August 1 release of the Common Application 5, and graduate school applicants are busily reading 2014-2015 essay prompts. As enthusiasm for academic concentrations within business, entrepreneurship, social and environmental responsibility, etc. continues to rise, we are noticing more and more students targeting business/entrepreneurship-related college careers and graduate school pathways. In line with this thinking, we want to offer this take-action info for business students:

Arrow When researching colleges to find just the right fit, some of our business focused students wonder about the support they’ll receive in developing the “next big thing.” George Levines writes in the Boston Globe about various college labs that give students both money and support in launching their ideas. We love Northeastern’s IDEA Accelerator –read their blog for more info.
Arrow Also, check out, which began at the University of Texas-Austin. The site has a neat geographic listing of all of the schools that offer these boot camp-formatted on-campus incubators:
Arrow Their blog detailing how students got started with entrepreneurship is supremely creative and forward-thinking. Here’s some serious proof: “I’ve Got 99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Rap Music”, by Cam Houser.
Arrow Many of their startup pitch sessions are open to the public, so if you’re visiting a school in the coming months and this is of interest, check the schedule. {}
Arrow Here’s some additional information on existing college startups. We’re fans of Give Water (came out of UPenn) –now carried coast-to-coast at Whole Foods!
Arrow Start reading journals related to entrepreneurship. St. Louis University offers a LONG list of academic journals on this exact topic:
Arrow Are you intrigued yet? How about signing up for the University of Maryland Coursera free,online, non-credit course called Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship. Read about the course and watch their intro video: It starts June 30th so register today! Preview the lectures here:


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