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Big Biz on Campus

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

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

Welcome, class, to "Biz U," Entrepreneur'snew monthly column detailing the who, what, when, where, why andhow of college entrepreneurship. For many business owners, collegeconsisted of roommates, lectures, parties, all-nighters, footballgames and finals. For today's students, however, collegeisn't just a time to learn how to do your ownlaundry-it's a time to build a business.

"Over the past five years, there's been an explosion ofinterest [in entrepreneurship]," says Gerry Hills, co-founderand chair of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) andColeman Chair at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at theUniversity of Illinois, Chicago. He credits some of the interest tothe dotcom boom-which, despite its bust, had a noticeableeffect on entrepreneurial awareness. "It's been a positivefactor because it brought to the attention of masses of studentsthat entrepreneurship is a viable career path."

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