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Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.257.1 - 6.257.12



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Robert Baum

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Karen Thornton

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David Barbe

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Session 3454

Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities David F. Barbe, J. Robert Baum, Karen S. Thornton University of Maryland, College Park


This paper discusses a new and unique undergraduate entrepreneurship program at the University of Maryland. - The Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) Program. The CEOs Program was initiated in the fall semester of 2000 for students interested in starting entrepreneurial ventures when they graduate. The University and its corporate partners provide many resources, activities, courses, technologies and services to assist the students in learning how to start successful companies. An important feature is that students admitted to the Program live together in an incubator-like residence hall where they can freely exchange ideas with like- minded students. Living and learning together, these students are provided with a unique opportunity to interact with their fellow CEOs. This environment has the potential to impact the way the CEOs think about their careers, their destinies, and their ability to start businesses right out of school.

1. Introduction

Employment options for graduating students have generally centered on large corporations and government; however, in recent years, students across the nation are realizing that a third option - starting their own companies - has significant appeal. This is especially true at the University of Maryland where the new and unique Hinman Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEOs) Program has been initiated. The University is the academic anchor of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, one of the nation’s fastest growing research and development centers and home to a concentration of technology-based industry and support services.

The University of Maryland has a history of internal cooperation in offering programs that foster entrepreneurial activities through the Engineering Research Center in the Clark School of Engineering and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in the R. H. Smith School of Business. These centers provide support to the campus and the community in entrepreneurial endeavors.

While a number of leading universities and colleges have entrepreneurship programs and activities, most are aimed at graduate students.1 Common activities offered within these programs include courses in entrepreneurship, e-clubs and business plan competitions. The CEOs Program is unique in that it is exclusively for undergraduate students, who live together as a community within the University.

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Baum, R., & Thornton, K., & Barbe, D. (2001, June), Campus Entrepreneurship Opportunities Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8977

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