Waco, TX (KWKT) — Bloomberg BusinessWeek has ranked the innovative entrepreneurship program at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business third in the country. Baylor was the highest ranked school in Texas.
The program is dedicated to the study, teaching and practice of new venture creation and development. It combines challenging instruction with active involvement in new and emerging ventures. Students acquire a practical, well-rounded knowledge that prepares them for the diverse demands of today's competitive marketplace.
The Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking is based on student responses to questions asking them to rank their program’s entrepreneurship program. Points are awarded for each response and then averaged for each school.
“This ranking recognizes the high value our students place on their Baylor education and the dedication of our faculty, staff and alumni,” said Dr. Terry S. Maness, D.B.A., dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business. “Our students are gaining valuable experience in the classroom and in business leadership roles as they create and manage start-ups.”
The Baylor entrepreneurship program is one of the oldest and most respected in the nation and continues to break new ground. Recently, Baylor entered into innovative agreements with the Greater Waco Chamber and the Town of Addison that benefit students in the Accelerated Ventures Program.
Addison is providing free office space and ancillary support services for one year to graduates who complete the program. During that period, Addison also is providing business network support to aid the development of the new businesses.
Baylor has also partnered with the Greater Waco Chamber to launch ThInc Space, a business incubator for creative start-ups that also will be the headquarters for the Accelerated Ventures Program. While enrolled in the two-semester program, students receive free office space from the Greater Waco Chamber. Upon completion of the program, they can continue to use the free space for one year while they expand their businesses. Students also have access to networking, mentoring and the support and professional expertise of the local business community.
“The Accelerated Ventures Program is a excellent example of one of the many innovative ways that we teach our students the fundamental principles needed to become successful entrepreneurs,” said Kendall Artz, Ph.D., director of Baylor's entrepreneurship program and chair of the department of management. “We are honored to be recognized by the Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking.”
This Bloomberg BusinessWeek student survey ranking follows the most recent Princeton Review ranking done for Entrepreneurship magazine in which the program is ranked No. 2.