University Of New Hampshire
Named One Of Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial Campuses In The Country
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 22, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire has been named
one of the Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges by The Princeton
Review and Forbes.com, ranking 10th in the nation. The two organizations
released their Top 25 picks this morning.
According to The Princeton Review, while there are more than 2,000
colleges in the United States, few concentrate on raising the next
generation of successful entrepreneurs. Schools named to the Top
25 show a commitment to creating programs to encourage young entrepreneurs
on campus, as well as looking at how their alumni have fared in
the real world.
UNH’s ranking was based on the efforts of the Whittemore School
of Business and Economics. UNH was the only public university in
the Northeast to make the top 10.
“As these young entrepreneurs head out into the world, we
fully expect our Forbes 400 list to morph,” said Michael Noer,
executive editor of news, at Forbes.com.
“The hallmark of the Whittemore School is its ability to offer
both undergraduate and graduate students theoretical coursework
combined with extraordinary experiential learning opportunities
in high-visibility companies throughout the region,” UNH President
Ann Weaver Hart said. “UNH sits in the heart of the Northeast’s
high-tech corridor and we are thrilled that our efforts to integrate
this entrepreneurial spirit into our university environment is being
recognized at the national level.”
To identify the schools, The Princeton Review surveyed the colleges
ranked in The Best 357 Colleges based on the type of on-campus entrepreneurial
activities available, including: mentoring, experiential learning,
and campus clubs – as well as the number of successful alumni
entrepreneurs and industry/school partnerships.
“There are so many terrific colleges and universities that
fall short when it comes to preparing their undergraduates for success
in the real world, that we were motivated to look at the characteristics
of schools that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit,” said
Robert Franek, editorial director, The Princeton Review. “The
schools on this list all provide access to the critical training
and experiences they’ll need to become tomorrow’s business
leaders. It makes great sense for us to partner with Forbes.com
on this project as they are the gatekeepers of the ultimate entrepreneurial
At UNH, undergraduates can participate in several mentoring opportunities.
The High Tech Entrepreneurship Internship combines supervised work
experience at an area company with seminar-style classroom discussion.
Students enjoy the benefits of learning from both faculty and corporate
mentors. The Executives-in-Residence program links students to retired
executives through teaching, mentoring, and seminars.
“We are excited that the school, which is already well-known
regionally, has been recognized for its excellence at the national
level. It validates the school's efforts, the faculty's expertise,
and our students' commitment to their future,” said Steve
Bolander, dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
“Beginning with their first day of classes and continuing
throughout their tenure at the Whittemore School, students are exposed
to a wide range of industry people -- from founders of start-up
companies such as New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson of Cabletron
Systems to executives from corporations such as BAE SYSTEMS.”
The Whittemore School offers courses on entrepreneurial management,
private equity and venture capital, new product development, market
and opportunity analysis, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Students
interested in starting a high-growth venture can take the Entrepreneurial
Venture Creation option. The program fosters an entrepreneurial
sensibility by adding a strong applied learning component to traditional
lectures and seminars.
The Holloway Seminar Series sponsored by New Hampshire entrepreneur
Paul Holloway brings entrepreneurs and business leaders to campus
four times a year. The series culminates with the Holloway Business
Plan Competition, which awards prizes to undergraduate and graduate
students, either as teams or individuals, who develop the most realistic
plans for starting, acquiring, or expanding a business venture in
each of two tracks: high-growth ventures and lifestyle ventures.
The Waste Management Education and Research Consortium Program partners
business and engineering students to develop all business and engineering
aspects of inventing new technologies. Twice in three years, the
UNH team has won the coveted Intel Environmental Innovation Award.
For the full list and more, visit: www.forbes.com/entrepreneur.