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Entrepreneurship floors in universities let students live their businesses 24/7.

By Nichole L. Torres

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There may have been a drama floor or a cinema floor at yourdorm--but was there an entrepreneurial floor where students withtheir sights set on starting businesses could live with otherlike-minded people? Today, you'll find these pioneeringprograms at universities all over the country. At BabsonCollege's E-Tower in Babson Park, Massachusetts, for example,undergraduates learn entrepreneurship by day and live with otherentrepreneurial students by night.

The benefits of living and working entrepreneurship are many,says Robert M. Kearns, 22, a Babson student graduating this month.He has spent four years living at the E-Tower, a floor with 21residents who are all starting businesses or developing businessplans. Says Kearns, "At any point, at 2 in the morning, if Ihave a problem there's someone there who's had thatexperience and is going to know the answer."

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