Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

Scholarship in Action and the Syracuse Miracle

Edited by Bruce Kingma

This poignant study presents a collection of research on entrepreneurship and community engagement. The context of this book is Syracuse University’s award winning model of Scholarship in Action with its emphasis on sustainable campus–community entrepreneurial partnerships and its resultant ‘Syracuse Miracle’, the transformation that has occurred in the Central New York community thanks to the university’s partnership with the community to drive social, environmental, and economic development.

Chapter 1: The Five Keys to Success in Academic Entrepreneurship

Bruce Kingma

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, public management, politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies


5 Table 1.1 Syracuse University Entrepreneurship Course Enrollments Undergraduate Before Enitiative 2007–8 2008–9 2009–10 1,767 3,854 4,845 5,222 Graduate 59 427 709 708 The entrepreneurship stimulus funding was given to faculty based on their application for grants of $1,000 to $50,000. Projects supported by Enitiative funding were evaluated by a distinguished National Board of Advisors, who examined the extent of community engagement, commitment to entrepreneurship, number of students involved, sustainability after grant funding was exhausted and matched funding. Grant funding provided support for implementation including curriculum development, travel, supplies, websites, technology and support for student ventures. In three years, 165 grants were given in the broad categories of entrepreneurship in technology; arts and culture; and neighborhoods. Nine major university and community initiatives in Scholarship in Action provided the foundation for these campus–community projects. The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Innovation provide support for projects in green entrepreneurship ( The Near West Side Initiative (, The South Side Innovation Center (whitman. and South Side Initiative ( are programs devoted to economic revitalization in Syracuse. Each provides a foundation for programs in neighborhood entrepreneurship. The Connective Corridor (connective is a geographic and collaborative connection between organizations in Syracuse and provides the foundation for projects in entrepreneurship in the arts and culture. The Syracuse Technology Garden (www. is an incubator established by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce which became the foundation for projects in technology entrepreneurship. The...

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