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    Whitman’s Entrepreneurship Programs Ranked in Top 20 by Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship

    November 15, 2016

    Whitman building exteriorThe rankings were based on a survey that included topics such as the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs, scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies; and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

    “We are thrilled to remain among the best schools in the country for entrepreneurship. This week, we join Syracuse University in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, so this award is timely!” says Alexander McKelvie, associate professor and department chair for entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises. “It's continued validation of our faculty and staff’s hard work to offer a rigorous, innovative entrepreneurship program for our students.”

    “These colleges and b-schools have superb entrepreneurship programs,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review's senior vp/publisher. “We highly recommend them to any applicant aspiring to launch a business. Their faculties are truly engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential component, and the financial and networking support their students and programs receive via donors and alumni is extraordinary.”

    The EEE program, which teaches approximately 2,500 students per year at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, heavily emphasizes experiential learning in teaching entrepreneurship and is committed to providing a myriad of opportunities for students, many of whom are veterans, to gain and apply real-world perspective and skills.

    Aimed at developing the entrepreneur within, the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship serves as the cornerstone of Whitman’s top-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program, helping to facilitate entrepreneurial activity on campus, as well as across local and regional communities. The Couri Hatcherybusiness incubator within the center houses more than 130 student businesses. Hatchery occupants have collectively raised more than $3.4 million in external capital. Many Hatchery alumni have gone on to become successful business owners.

    The Falcone Center, which this year received the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award, provides valuable entrepreneurial resources, such as new venture business planning, through a variety of initiatives and program including the WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Business Center, the South Side Innovation Center and veteran’s entrepreneurship training, such as the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program.

    For more information about Whitman’s entrepreneurship programs, visit whitman.syr.edu/eee.