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Sara L. Cochran

The University of Missouri developed the Allen Angel Capital Education (AACE) program to teach students the fundamentals of angel investing through a hands-on approach. AACE is an interdisciplinary, multi-level, hands-on class that performs research and invests donated assets in startup companies. The students in the program cultivate deal flow, perform pre-screening duties, complete due diligence and structure investment contracts. This course gives students a competitive edge through both developing their strategic thinking skills and facilitating high-caliber network connections outside of their own school.

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Sara L. Cochran

Many entrepreneurs begin their training on college campuses where the challenges for these students are similar to those of women entrepreneurs, causing them to show up as superwomen in extraordinary ways. As universities strive to prepare more women entrepreneurs, it is important to understand the experiences of these women. The purpose of this case study is to understand the gendered experiences of women entrepreneurship students while participating in a university entrepreneurship program with the specific research question, What role does gender play in the academic experience of women participating in an entrepreneurship program? The case study was conducted on a four-year university campus through the lens of Joan Acker’s theory of gendered organizations. This chapter focuses on the theme Superwomen.