Entrepreneurship program ranks in top 50 nationwide: University of Dayton, Ohio

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The University of Dayton was once again named one of the top schools in the country for students aspiring to start their own businesses.

Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine has ranked the University among the top 50 undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies for 17 consecutive years.

“Our program provides enriching experiences for undergraduates to learn about entrepreneurship,” said Vincent Lewis, associate vice president of entrepreneurial initiatives at the University of Dayton. “One of our strengths has always been the way faculty connects the classroom to entrepreneurship in our region. These connections have been accelerated by the launch of The Hub Powered by PNC Bank and the Greater West Dayton Incubator. , which both enhance the entrepreneurial experience of our students and support the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Princeton Review has assessed hundreds of schools based on the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and scope of mentorship programs; funding of scholarships and grants for studies and entrepreneurial projects; the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions; and dozens of other areas. His top 50 list is featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur.

The University supports new ventures through its Flyer Pitch competition, one of the largest competitions of its kind at the college level with over $ 100,000 in cash prizes and $ 50,000 in in-kind support.

Undergraduates can also gain experience through Flyer Enterprises, the fourth largest student-run company in the country with annual sales of $ 1.3 million and nearly 200 employees. Flyer Angels allows students to manage a million dollar angel investment fund and Flyer Consulting gives them the opportunity to work with microcredit as well as non-profit organizations on operational, marketing, development, etc.

All entrepreneurship students start micro-enterprises during their second experience. The L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership provides $ 50,000 in venture capital for companies for a period of one year. Profits are donated to charities, of which approximately $ 10,000 was donated last year alone. The center also regularly connects students with successful entrepreneurs through study programs and experiential opportunities.

The University, in partnership with Dayton’s Entrepreneurs’ Center, is an anchor in the redevelopment of the downtown Dayton Arcade, which provides space to bring together students and local entrepreneurs with a focus on the creation of new start-up opportunities in the Region. Located in the Arcade, The Hub Powered by PNC Bank is the country’s largest university innovation center.

For more information on the University of Dayton Entrepreneurship Program, visit the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership website. More information on The Hub Powered by PNC Bank can be found in this video and on The Hub website Powered by PNC Bank.


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