25 SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship
4. What structure do these units use to organize/coordinate entrepreneurship activities across the
institution? N=58
Coordination is by separate entrepreneurship centers in different faculties/schools 17 29%
Various stakeholders loosely coordinate activities 12 21%
Coordination is by a centralized office of entrepreneurship 8 14%
Coordination extends out from the business school 5 9%
Coordination is by an advisory board/committee 2 3%
Other structure 14 24%
Please briefly describe the other structure. N=14
Coordinated by advisory board, core courses in College of Business, electives offered in departments
across the institution and approved by advisory board.
Coordination appears to be by separate centers and entities within schools and within
university administration.
Coordination is by separate entrepreneurship centers in different faculties/schools AND by an advisory
board/committee. Both are used for coordination of different programs in the varying schools but are
tied together by EIR Council and JM School Executive Director.
Coordination is by separate entrepreneurship centers in different faculties/school, with the additional
collaboration that has emerged recently where the business school and engineering school have formed
a partnership around the engineering school’s entrepreneurship center (von Liebig Center). There is
also a nascent entrepreneurship certificate collaboration between the Global Policy & Strategy School
and the Technology Transfer Office.
Hopkins takes an approach that is a combination of the above: Coordination is by a centralized
office of entrepreneurship: Technology Ventures was created to centralize efforts somewhat and
manages the IP and technology commercialization, but the university is still decentralized with
separate initiatives being done in East Baltimore to support entrepreneurship. Coordination is by
separate entrepreneurship centers in different faculties/schools: We are unaware of separate centers
beyond Technology Ventures, but recognize that additional offices at some of the campuses support
entrepreneurship activities there. We are unclear of their relationship with Technology Ventures.
Coordination is by an advisory board/committee: We think “No” but are not sure what is done at
other campuses. Coordination extends out from the business school: Partially. Carey Business School
collaborated with Technology Ventures on shared licensing arrangements for particular resources (e.g.,
Cortellis, ReCap) and the provision of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at the university. The Center
for Leadership Education, based in the GWC Whiting School of Engineering, sponsors the university’s
business plan competition. The business programs plan their own course-related activities and partner
with organizations or inventors. Various stakeholders loosely coordinate activities: Yes, for some of
these activities.
Our intercollege minor in entrepreneurship and innovation has a faculty member who serves as the
director of the minor. However, given the extent of entrepreneurship initiatives at our university, there
are many individuals involved in coordinating specific services and events.
Penn has recently implemented a campus-wide Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group that seeks
to coordinate efforts that have historically been done by separate entrepreneurship centers in
different schools.
Research foundation/tech transfer department
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