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04-05-2000

Clarkson University Receives $48,000 Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Grant

Clarkson University has been selected as a recipient of a 2000 Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Program grant provided by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The $48,000 grant will assist Clarkson in establishing paid internships with emerging companies.  Students selected to participate in the program will be known as Kauffman Interns and will be eligible to receive academic credit, as well as real-world experience in the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

"This generous grant from the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will assist Clarkson in building on our strengths in experiential, project-based learning," said Clarkson University President Denny Brown.  "Clarkson grew from entrepreneurial roots and many of our alumni are successful entrepreneurs, so it's appropriate that our students should also grow academically through this tremendous co-curricular opportunity.

“It will also enhance the mission of the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship and provide opportunities for studies in global supply chain management, which is the focus of Clarkson's Center for Global Competitiveness."

Placements will be made in companies with fewer than 200 employees and/or $50 million or less in annual revenue.  The Kauffman grant, along with additional financial contributions from Clarkson and the host businesses expects to fund 15 interns during the inaugural summer of the University's program, summer 2000. 

Additionally, Clarkson plans to host a lunch-hour speakers' series to bring outstanding entrepreneurs to campus to meet with students and share their experiences in launching a business.

With headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is the largest organization solely focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels-- from elementary school students to high-growth entrepreneurs.

Companies interested in participating in or learning more about entrepreneurship studies at Clarkson University are encouraged to call Michael Ensby, director of the Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management program and the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at 315-268-6571/6429 or mhensby@clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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