Our emphasis at the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to provide experiential learning opportunities, role models, social and professional networks, a toolbox of entrepreneurial skills, and a roadmap of the process. Our goal is to produce confident young entrepreneurs who at graduation know how to start a business, because they have already done it!

 

We do it through the L-E-A-D model.

 

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LEARNING

The Regnier Institute delivers exceptional entrepreneurship educational opportunities and progressive student programs. The Regnier Institute's undergraduate program offers a Bachelor's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. For students seeking to further their education in entrepreneurship, the Institute offers a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, a M.S. in Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an EMBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation track, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Additional educational opportunities and experiences are available for all UMKC undergraduates through campus-wide entrepreneurship immersion, certificate, and minor programs.

 

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EMPOWERING THROUGH RESEARCH

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty members at the UMKC Bloch School are among the top researchers in their respective areas. A key advantage for the Institute and its students is that the faculty's research is brought into the classroom to better prepare and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Regnier Institute's faculty has one of the highest research productivity rates, publishing 15 refereed journal articles in 2011, an average of 2.14 articles per core research faculty member. The Regnier Institute currently houses nine top faculty members in entrepreneurship and innovation, three of whom are among the top in the world as cited by the Journal of Product Innovation Management in 2012 (Michael Song ranked #1, Mark Parry #4, and Lisa Zhao #50).

 

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ACCELERATING EXPERIENCE

The Regnier Institute also incorporates numerous programs – campus-wide and across all program levels – to provide students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience. The Regnier Venture Creation Challenge encourages student venture creation through a forum in which students present new venture concepts to local investors, entrepreneurs, and venture professionals. The Student Ventures Program is an integrative experiential learning program for the development, incubation, and launch of new student ventures. The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program allows students to develop their ideas into a venture that is the best of its kind in the world.

By uniquely and purposely integrating its entrepreneurship educational and experiential learning programs, the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation makes students' educational discoveries directly relevant to their entrepreneurial dreams from the day they arrive at the University of Missouri – Kansas City through to the day they launch their own venture.

 

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DELIVERING RESULTS

The successful combination of these elements is results driven and clearly demonstrated though the Regnier Institute's goal of creation of 100 well-trained entrepreneurs and 10 high-growth ventures annually.

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