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Drexels LeBow College of Business Ranked Among Top 10 in US for Entrepreneurship Programs

October 10, 2007

Drexel’s LeBow College of Business Ranked Among Top 10 in U.S. for Entrepreneurship Programs
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business has been named one of the nation’s top 10 schools for entrepreneurs in the latest Entrepreneur-Princeton Review rankings, released today, of graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.

In a survey of 900 schools, LeBow College of Business placed third for undergraduate programs and seventh for graduate programs, making it the top choice for programs in the Greater Philadelphia region. The survey will be featured in Entrepreneur’s November issue, which hits newsstands Oct. 23.

“This recognition underscores our commitment to shape students with a distinct ‘entrepreneurial mindset,’” said George P. Tsetsekos, dean of LeBow College of Business. “Our programs foster innovation and creativity in business to enable students to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, whether that is in a startup or developing new businesses within established companies.”

LeBow College achieved the ranking based on key criteria, including the entrepreneurial emphasis of the curriculum, mentoring, experiential learning, faculty credentials and the success of graduating students and alumni. Results of the survey suggest that LeBow, through its Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology, demonstrates a commitment to practical, hands-on experiential learning to provide the skills that translate into real-world businesses.

“The Baiada Center provides an innovative and unique approach to entrepreneurial development, offering interdisciplinary education and coaching, world-class resources and a physical environment for accelerated business creation,” said Mark Loschiavo, executive director of the Baiada Center. “Our programs, workshops, courses and training provide a continuum of care for innovators and entrepreneurs, driving new business creation, sustainability and growth.”

LeBow College of Business offers an undergraduate concentration in entrepreneurship and a concentration at the graduate level as well as a minor in entrepreneurship accessible to students from other colleges and schools in Drexel University.

“LeBow College manifests Drexel University’s entrepreneurial vision in its curriculum and approach to student learning,” said Donna De Carolis, academic director of the Baiada Center and associate professor of management. “The College’s entrepreneurial course offerings are designed so students have the opportunity to work with new regional ventures.”

One such practical application is New Venture Projects Online, a new program that illustrates the commitment of LeBow College and the Baiada Center to connecting students with new ventures, providing entrepreneurs and students with the benefits of working together.

All courses take place in the Baiada Center and dovetail with the Center’s other offerings, including StartUp!, a summer camp for high-ability high school students; business plan and entrepreneurial skills workshops; a regional entrepreneurial breakfast series; and an annual entrepreneurship conference that includes a business plan competition. The Baiada Center serves as an incubator for 11 thriving startup companies that are past winners of business plan competitions and provides the companies, along with companies throughout the region, professional development through its Growth Acceleration Program.

About Drexel University’s LeBow College Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology Drexel University's Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology was created to bridge education and entrepreneurship by linking research, coursework and entrepreneurial thinking with practical guidance for budding entrepreneurs. The Baiada Center also brings a wide range of successful entrepreneurs to campus to share their valuable insights. For more information, visit: www.lebow.drexel.edu/baiada.

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News media contacts: Brian Rossiter, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or brian.rossiter@drexel.edu Jennifer Corey, LeBow College of Business director of communications 215-895-2126, 215-806-1750 (cell) or jennifer.m.corey@drexel.edu

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