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Big Biz on Campus

Class is now in session for college entrepreneurs. Are you ready to enroll?

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This story appears in the December 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Welcome, class, to "Biz U," Entrepreneur's new monthly column detailing the who, what, when, where, why and how of college entrepreneurship. For many business owners, college consisted of roommates, lectures, parties, all-nighters, football games and finals. For today's students, however, college isn't just a time to learn how to do your own laundry-it's a time to build a business.

"Over the past five years, there's been an explosion of interest [in entrepreneurship]," says Gerry Hills, co-founder and chair of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) and Coleman Chair at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He credits some of the interest to the dotcom boom-which, despite its bust, had a noticeable effect on entrepreneurial awareness. "It's been a positive factor because it brought to the attention of masses of students that entrepreneurship is a viable career path."

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