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How today's campuses are paving the way for minority entrepreneurship

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This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If colleges are at the forefront of entrepreneurial innovation, they are also the places where minority entrepreneurship is getting some serious attention. Aimed at tackling the issues faced by today's minority entrepreneurial students, these programs are starting to crop up at universities across the nation. "It's really grown out of a need to present entrepreneurship [from] a more diverse perspective," says Stephen Spinelli, vice provost for entrepreneurship at Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

Babson College, for one, has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to create a curriculum and seminar series that educates black entrepreneurial students on how to start businesses. Spinelli noticed black business leaders lacked representation in the case studies taught at Babson, so he and his colleagues began creating a case-study library featuring successful black entrepreneurs.

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