Archive for the ‘College Entrepreneurs’ Category

Interview with Jeff Sandefer

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Jeff Sandefer is a founder of the Acton School of Business, an innovative MBA program in Austin, Texas focusing on entrepreneurship. Sandefer received his MBA degree from Harvard University before launching five successful companies in several industries, most notably in energy. He translated that business experience into becoming an award-winning professor at the University of Texas, where he was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top entrepreneurship professors in the United States.

Kaizen: In 1996, you were teaching at the University of Texas and honored by BusinessWeek, yet soon you would be leaving to start a new business school with a very different approach. Why was BusinessWeek impressed with your teaching?

Sandefer: The BusinessWeek award was based on a survey of students, which I think is the best measure of a teacher, especially if there is a strong learning contract in place. After all, who other than students knows if a class has delivered on its promises? I believe that this is the same reason Acton wins so many honors from Princeton Review because unlike most business school polls it asks students: “Did you get what you were promised?” Of course, the BusinessWeek and Princeton Review awards really belong to all the Acton teachers, each a successful CEO who is committed to his or her students and the Socratic Method.

Our secret is that we set high expectations and hold students accountable to their promises. It helps that teachers are rewarded based on student satisfaction, after the students have been evaluated based on a forced grading curve. In other words, we have an incentive system that rewards performance, just like in the real world. No grade inflation, with rewards tied to results. It’s a system I wish more people in academia would adopt.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, “the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators,” is being held November 12 through November 18. There are more than 30,000 events planned worldwide including Startup Weekend, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and the Creativity World Forum.

Check out the events scheduled for your part of the world here.

Watch a video about last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week below:

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization National Conference in Chicago

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

From the CEO website:

“The 2012 National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Conference will be held November 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Join over 1,200 students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and other entrepreneurial-minded individuals at this motivational 2 ½ day CEO Conference. Over 70 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders will share their ideas and expertise with students on how they launched their businesses, the lessons they’ve learned, and where they are today. The Annual CEO Conference also offers students the opportunity to network with peers and successful entrepreneurs nationwide.”

Read more about the conference and register here.

Watch the video below from last year’s CEO conference. Featured in the video is Duane Spires, who was on a discussion panel with Dr. Stephen Hicks at the 2011 Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour at Rock Valley College.

September 2012 Issue of Kaizen

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Jeff Sandefer, a founder of the Acton School of Business, an innovative MBA program in Austin, Texas focusing on entrepreneurship.

Also featured in Kaizen are: student essay contest winners Megan Hopwood and Carly Stokstad; and guest speaker Dr. Tara Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of “Money Can Buy Happiness.”

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Mr. Sandefer.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

Denver SBCC Facebook Page

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The Denver, Colorado Small Business Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page is a great resource for entrepreneurs and people thinking about becoming entrepreneurs everywhere. Visitors can find informative and inspirational videos, links to useful websites, podcasts, and workshops.

Check it out here.

Watch an interesting video from the SBCC page below:

The Perils of Student Entrepreneurship

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Many universities, Brian Love explains, have patent assignment policies for their students hidden within their broader student policy agreement. Entrepreneurial students should be aware of the potential of such policies to hinder their future business successes. In some cases innovative students are sued and imprisoned for attempting to claim ownership of their inventions.

Read the article at The Boston Globe.

Video about the Extreme Entrepeneurship Event in Rockford

Monday, April 25th, 2011

McGill Original Films, a local video production company, created a short video about the recent Extreme Entrepreneurship event at Rock Valley College. CEE’s Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Hicks, was on a discussion panel at the event, and makes an appearance in the video below.

Ten reasons to be a college entrepreneur

Friday, March 20th, 2009

MattWilson.tv lists the advantages of being a college entrepreneur.

New networking portal for student entrepreneurs

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Check out StudentBusinesses.com, a site that connects college entrepreneurs to business partners, startup advisors, investors and small business providers.

23 Student Innovations

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The New York Times Education Supplement reports on 23 Student Innovations. Among them, Cooliris, a browser extension that transforms your browser into a 3D wall for viewing images and videos on the web; a walking device for patients in intensive care; and The Next Big Sound, a website where users can vote on upcoming music artists.