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Entrepreneurship programs at universities nationwide have capital-hungry business owners heading back to school.

This story appears in the December 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you're a small-business owner with most of your growth ahead of you, one place you may want to go to finance your expansion is back to school. At least that's the advice of Mark Rice, professor of entrepreneurship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Lally School of Management and Technology in Troy, New York.

Rice, whose staid title belies his contribution to making Rensselaer one of the powerhouse entrepreneurship schools in the country, has seen the same scenario happen over and over again. Young growth companies tap into the activity surrounding a university and find themselves awash in the kinds of resources--capital included--that help turn great ideas into great companies.

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