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

By Nichole L. Torres

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If colleges are at the forefront of entrepreneurial innovation,they are also the places where minority entrepreneurship is gettingsome serious attention. Aimed at tackling the issues faced bytoday's minority entrepreneurial students, these programs arestarting to crop up at universities across the nation."It's really grown out of a need to presententrepreneurship [from] a more diverse perspective," saysStephen Spinelli, vice provost for entrepreneurship at BabsonCollege in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

Babson College, for one, has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. andHistorically Black Colleges and Universities to create a curriculumand seminar series that educates black entrepreneurial students onhow to start businesses. Spinelli noticed black business leaderslacked representation in the case studies taught at Babson, so heand his colleagues began creating a case-study library featuringsuccessful black entrepreneurs.

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