Thursday, April 3, 2008

Best Entrepreneurial Programs

All-inclusive’ entrepreneurship programs can get you connected - and your business going.
If 2 minds are better than one, imagine the power entrepreneurial programs can harness with the brilliance of multiple students from various colleges. Not only do students benefit from sharing ideas, but they’re also no longer limited to the resources of their own campuses.

The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative is such a program, spanning 12 colleges in Massachusetts, including Hampshire College, Holyoke Community College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Started in 2003, the program teaches college students about entrepreneurship through experiential and academic opportunities and encourages them to start businesses while still in school. ‘[Faculty] advisors attend regular meetings to share syllabuses and ideas, talk about the different opportunities their entrepreneurship clubs and organizations are offering to students, and make these opportunities available to all the students in the area,’ says Brenda Wishart, director of the HGCF Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Education and mentoring are only part of the program, which also awards about $70,000 in Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards to students annually to help them fund their businesses. Winning the award in 2006 helped brothers Andrew and Alex Cook, 19 and 21, respectively, build, an application service provider for tool and equipment rental companies.

Via-Virtual Entrepreneur

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