Academic Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement
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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.
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Chapter 1: The Five Keys to Success in Academic Entrepreneurship

Bruce Kingma

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1. he five keys to success in academic T entrepreneurship Bruce Kingma INTRODUCTION In 2007, Syracuse University was one of eighteen institutions designated as a Kauffman Campus. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation awarded campuses funding in 2003 and 2006 to develop cross-campus entrepreneurial programs that provided access to entrepreneurship education to students regardless of their academic discipline (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2010). This funding provided the financial support to encourage university faculty to provide cross-campus entrepreneurship education. Each of the eighteen campuses implemented different programs to support entrepreneurship. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, focusing on teaching entrepreneurship and inspiring students to start new ventures. The University of Rochester established the Rochester Center for Entrepreneurship to support new courses in entrepreneurship; investments from the Kauffman Foundation were based on the concept that entrepreneurs start with a passion for music, nursing, biology, information technology, art, business, or any other discipline. Effective education in entrepreneurship cannot be limited to a set of courses or a major in a school of business but must reach students across campus regardless of their major. The Syracuse Campus–Community Entrepreneurial Initiative (Enitiative) is just such an initiative. Leveraging excellence in entrepreneurial education in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, faculty across campus were encouraged to infuse entrepreneurship into their courses while at the same time connecting these courses to community-based projects to ensure that students benefit from real-world, practice-based experiences. The Syracuse University vision of Scholarship in...

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