ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS RANKED TOP 25 IN 2013

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City announced that both the graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs have once again been ranked among the top 20 in the nation by Princeton Review (graduate program is at No. 20, undergraduate at No. 11).

The school has had entrepreneurship programs ranked in the top 25 in 2009, 2011, and 2012. The ranking places UMKC among only 11 universities in the country have both graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 25.

Based on surveys of business school administrators at nearly 2,000 schools about their institution’s entrepreneurship offerings, the annual lists salute 50 programs in all – 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate – for their excellence in entrepreneurship education. The full lists of ranked schools can be viewed here.

The Princeton Review evaluated the programs based on a wide range of data it annually collects in its institutional surveys for this project. Among the criteria, schools are asked about the levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of their faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and their funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects.

“Our annual ranking provides current and potential entrepreneurs with an overview of the best programs out there that will help cultivate their passions,” said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. “The opportunity to expand a skillset or network with business influentials can launch a career forward or infuse new perspectives into a company’s growth strategy. The competitive edge these institutions provide is reason enough to see their value, no matter how untraditional the entrepreneurial pursuit may be.”

The programs are housed in the Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has enjoyed much success over the past few years, including having the MBA in entrepreneurship named the nation’s model program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). In addition, UMKC is ranked No. 1 in the world for innovation management research according to a Journal of Product Innovation Management study, due to the prolific research of several of the Bloch School’s entrepreneurship faculty (Michael Song, Mark Parry and Lisa Zhao) who hold the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 50 positions among the top innovation management scholars in the world, respectively.

In addition, this fall, the Regnier Institute moved to its new home on the third floor of the brand new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a state-of-the-art addition to the Bloch School. The facility came from a $32 million gift from Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch, and is designed to facilitate experiential learning (“learning by doing”) throughout its spaces.

“The Bloch School has become a leader and model in entrepreneurship and innovation teaching, research and venture creation,” Michael Song, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said. “We teach students through experiential learning that drives them to test their ideas, put them in to practice, and launch ventures.”

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management develops purposeful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders to meet changing global demands, and advances knowledge and practice through excellent teaching, scholarship, outreach and service.

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the UMKC Bloch School inspires and nurtures future generations of entrepreneurs, and delivers transformational entrepreneurship education and experiences university-wide. Housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Bloch School of Management, the Institute’s vision is to be one of the world’s leading research and education institutes for entrepreneurship and innovation. The Institute distinguishes itself across five key elements: research, faculty, education, programs, and results.

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