ASU, UA make list of 50 best U.S. colleges for entrepreneurs








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Aug 5, 2014, 2:45pm MST Hayley Ringle Reporter-Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University and University of Arizona have made the list of the 50 best U.S. colleges for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The list was put together by College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website.

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president of the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, praised the school’s inclusion on the list.

“We are pleased to see that our efforts in enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation at ASU have been recognized through this national ranking,” Panchanathan said in an email. “It’s a testimony to the vibrancy of entrepreneurial activities of faculty and students at ASU, but also the entrepreneurial culture that permeates ASU and the community.”

ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group recently announced expansions in the fall, new dean Mitzi Montoya and a new focus to extend its entrepreneurial education to all students, faculty and the community.

Montoya, vice president and university dean for entrepreneurship and innovation, said gaining recognition as one of the 50 best colleges for aspiring entrepreneurs is evidence of the school’s commitment to create a higher education experience where education and entrepreneurship can co-exist.

“Entrepreneurial thinking is a mind-set and skill set that can be applied across all majors and future careers, and we continue to be deeply invested in the development of our students’ entrepreneurial skills, both in and out of the classroom,” Montoya said in an email. “We continue to add new programs and services for student entrepreneurs.”

This fall, a group of student entrepreneurs will move into Startup Village, a new residential community at ASU where like-minded thinkers and doers can share their ideas and rely on one another’s expertise and energy in order to move their business ideas forward, Montoya said.

The information for this list is based from Crunchbase, a San Francisco-based comprehensive dataset of startup activity; Angel List, a San Francisco-based platform for startups, and other public business data sources and factors, such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Robert Hand, lead editor for the piece, said the pull toward entrepreneurship has never been stronger in the U.S.

“A good business program is one of the best investments an entrepreneur can make in their professional future,” Hand said in a statement. “We hope this ranking will help guide prospective business students towards an educational environment that rewards initiative, creativity, and hard work both on-campus and off.”

Stanford University lead the list, followed by the University of California, Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The rest of the universities were not ranked.







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