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Creating A Framework For Undergraduate Entrepreneurs To Start And Manage Student Run Businesses

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Creating a Technology Incubator and Creating a Seed Fund

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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12.415.1 - 12.415.13



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John Wierman Johns Hopkins University

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John C. Wierman is the Director of the Center for Leadership Education. He founded the W. P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship and Management in 1996, and assumed the leadership of the Professional Communication Program in 2004.

Dr. Wierman is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the Whiting School of Engineering. From 1988 to 2000, he served as Department Chair. He conducts multidisciplinary research, and publishes professional articles in probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, physics, computer science, molecular biology, and entrepreneurship journals. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Washington.


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Lawrence Aronhime Johns Hopkins University


Marybeth Camerer Johns Hopkins University

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Marybeth Camerer is the Administrative Manager of the Center for Leadership Education. She began working at Johns Hopkins in 1999 and was for several years the sole staff member in the W. P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship & Management. Marybeth works closely with Center Director John Wierman, and is responsible for the administration of the Center.

Marybeth holds a B. A. in English from the University of Delaware

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Benjamin Gibbs Johns Hopkins University

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Benjamin Gibbs is the Financial Analyst for the Center for Leadership Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management from the Center. Ben also serves as the Center's staff liaison for both the Marshal L. Salant Investment Program and Hopkins Student Enterprises.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Center, Ben actively pursues his own entrepreneurial endeavors.

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Creating a Framework for Undergraduate Entrepreneurs to Start and Manage Student-Run Businesses


The W. P. Carey Entrepreneurship and Management program at the Johns Hopkins University is housed in the Center for Leadership Education in the Whiting School of Engineering and is open to all full-time students. The center focuses on student learning, both academic and of an experiential nature. With experiential learning in mind the center launched Hopkins Student Enterprises (HSE) in June 2006. A new hands-on learning opportunity for undergraduate students, HSE is loosely modeled on the student agency programs found at several Ivy League schools. The program creates opportunities for students to develop entrepreneurial ideas from concepts into actual businesses and gain the invaluable experience of managing a business. This paper describes the program’s goals, planning and experimentation, structure, and implementation, including discussion of major issues and controversies regarding its formation.

Center for Leadership Education

Academic Programs Experiential Learning

Entrepreneurship & Management Business Internships Program (Academic Program) Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity Professional Communication Program (Academic Program) Hopkins Student Enterprises

Salant Student Investment Team


The objective in establishing Hopkins Student Enterprises is to enhance the entrepreneurship, leadership, and management education of undergraduate students by providing real-world experiences starting and managing for-profit campus-based businesses. HSE is a supplement to

Wierman, J., & Aronhime, L., & Camerer, M., & Gibbs, B. (2007, June), Creating A Framework For Undergraduate Entrepreneurs To Start And Manage Student Run Businesses Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2401

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