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 8: Bridging a Traumatic Past to an Envisioned Future: A Case Study of Social Entrepreneurship

J. Michael Haynie and Gary Shaheen

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


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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