Scholarship in Action and the Syracuse Miracle
Edited by Bruce Kingma
Chapter 8: Bridging a Traumatic Past to an Envisioned Future: A Case Study of Social Entrepreneurship
J. Michael Haynie and Gary Shaheen INTRODUCTION Entrepreneurship as an academic discipline is still in its infancy. That said, since the early 1990s the growth of entrepreneurship programs based in higher education has been rapid and dramatic. Consider that, in 1975, fewer than 16 business schools in the U.S. offered any courses in entrepreneurship; however, by 1999 more than 400 schools were offering at least one entrepreneurship course, and 50 schools offered more than four courses. The rapid growth of entrepreneurship programs in terms of courses and curricula has accompanied a novel ‘role’ for entrepreneurship students and faculty within the context of higher education; that is, entrepreneurship programs and centers have become the vehicle through which the university engages with stakeholders ‘outside’ the walls of the institution. These outreach efforts are generally considered to be a ‘unique’ dimension of entrepreneurship programming, compared to other academic disciplines housed in schools and colleges of business. The result of this situation represents an opportunity for entrepreneurship faculty and students to experience entrepreneurship, by creating and growing entrepreneurial ventures embedded within their institutions – and, more broadly, a higher education context. This chapter tells of one such venture, created at Syracuse University in 2007. The program, called the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), was founded in response to a market-based opportunity that, if exploited, would serve a social imperative. The story of the venture is an entrepreneurial one, characterized by all of the challenges and activities central to the entrepreneurial process. In what...
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