Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs were ranked #13 and #17 respectively by Princeton Review/Entrepreneurship Magazine in the annual rankings, which 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, especially as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week on campus,” said Alexander McKelvie, associate professor and department chair for entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at Whitman. “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 components, 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, is unique through the creation of its four teaching tracks to prepare students for future careers in new venture creation, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and family business. This allows students to be well-suited for the unique challenges in any entrepreneurial setting, whether it is in new or old companies, small or large organizations, not-for-profits or family businesses.
The EEE undergraduate curriculum combines classroom time with experiential learning opportunities and real-world business practice. Culminating in a senior year capstone experience where all students start a high-growth new venture and present it to a panel of external judges, EEE students gain invaluable hands-on experiences through intensive and interactive group-oriented projects. The one-year M.S. in entrepreneurship (MSE) program is designed for students who want a “mini-MBA” with a key focus on entrepreneurship. The program offers a rigorous entrepreneurial immersion with a large number of hands-on experiential learning courses.
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 Hatchery business 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.
Whitman’s EEE program is highly ranked among other media outlets, as well, including:
- USA Today/College Factual 2017 Entrepreneurship Program for Vets – #1
- USA Today/College Factual 2017 Entrepreneurship Program – #2
- U.S. News & World Report Entrepreneurship Program 2016 – #12
- Best Colleges.com Best Colleges for StartUps 2016 – #18
- U.S. News & World Report Graduate 2016 – #17
For more information about Whitman’s entrepreneurship programs, visit whitman.syr.edu/eee.
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