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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

You bet it can--and in our 1st Annual Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities, we reveal which U.S. schools do it best.

By Mark Henricks

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In 1970, a national survey of business schools found just 16courses offered in entrepreneurship. Since then, entrepreneurialeducation has taken off like the Internet craze. Karl Vesper,University ofWashington management professor and entrepreneurship expert,did the groundbreaking 1970 study that, when repeated in 1997,uncovered more than 400 schools offering at least one course inentrepreneurship, and more than 50 schools with four or morecourses.

"Money, mostly" is the reason so many schools haveadded entrepreneurship to their offerings, says Vesper, whoexplains that colleges want to tap into donations from wealthyalumni. But the visibility of entrepreneurs in business in the pastthree decades has also played a role. As headlines blared about theinnovation and personal wealth that went hand-in-hand withentrepreneurs and start-up ventures, especially in the technologysector, the public became increasingly fascinated with start-upbusinesses and the risk-taking mind-set that defines theentrepreneur.

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