Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship Campus Initiatives
In December of 2006, a second set of universities were selected to receive grants and make entrepreneurship a pan-campus experience. The second round of the Kauffman Campuses initiative features a total of $25.5 million in grants to nine U.S. universities that pledged to make entrepreneurship education a campus-wide opportunity. With matching grants totaling more than $200 million, the effort promises to continue to transform the way entrepreneurship education is taught in the nation’s colleges and universities. The universities selected were: Arizona State University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, New York University, Purdue University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
A Culture of Entrepreneurship
The goals of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good program are to engage Berea College students in entrepreneurship and leadership activities in order to enable them to:
- explore theoretical and practical approaches to entrepreneurship for the public good in the context of economic development in Appalachia and beyond;
- identify and seize new entrepreneurial opportunities;
- develop and build leadership skills;
- prepare for professional careers with a purpose; and
- add value to small businesses and nonprofits in the region.
The EPG program helps students become agents of change in the Appalachian region and beyond. The program bridges several curricular and co-curricular areas and makes connections among and across programs. It helps students recognize the value of enterprises that create public benefits, whether they are operating within business or nonprofit frameworks. Indeed, EPG acknowledges that a broad spectrum of entrepreneurial enterprises, both commercial and philanthropic, is critical to the future of Appalachia. During the Summer Institute, which meets daily from 9am-3pm, M-F for eight weeks, students learn about entrepreneurship, leadership and community development through classroom sessions, discussions, field trips in the region, experiential learning opportunities that culminate into a business plan or feasibility study and a community partner project. In the second summer in the program, students apply what they learned during the Summer Institute by serving in an Entrepreneurial Internship with a nonprofit or for-profit organization for 10 weeks.