Innovation & Entrepreneurship, one of Clarkson University’s flagship programs in the David D. Reh School of Business, has been ranked among the best programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The company released its 2023 rankings of the best colleges this week and Clarkson University ranked in the top 130 institutions in the nation, with the entrepreneurship program ranking in the Top 40 across the U.S.
Ranked 36 (tied with Syracuse University and Bentley University) Clarkson’s innovation & entrepreneurship program gives students the opportunity to take their current passion or idea and make it a reality. The program is one of the few in the country that provides a platform for students in their first college semester to craft plans for the launch of a business venture, pitch their idea to venture fund managers, and request the startup capital to begin the business as soon as in the second semester. Many graduates have gone on to start their own companies or continue pursuing the one they started while in college.
“It is exciting to be recognized for our student-centered entrepreneurship education program. The outcomes of our approach are rewarding; so many of our Reh School of Business alumni are leading innovative firms around the world that are making a significant impact,” said Professor Marc Compeau, Co-Director of the Reh Center of Entrepreneurship.
“Entrepreneurial leadership is one of the core competencies of the Reh School of Business. The U.S. News ranking is a tribute to the relevancy of our curriculum and our focus on experiential learning, the quality of our faculty experts, and our commitment to develop entrepreneurial leaders who combine business acumen, analytical thinking, technical expertise, and a global perspective to benefit business and society,” said Dr. Diego Nocetti, Dean of the Reh School of Business.
The global perspective that Dean Nocetti mentions was also emphasized by Professor Christian Felzensztein, who holds the Reh Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership and is Co-Director of the Reh Center of Entrepreneurship: “Last year we started the Reh Entrepreneurship Speakers Series, featuring experts from top-ranked universities across the world. They helped our students get a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and technological issues affecting new global business trends today –and eventually manage their own tech start-ups in a highly globalized economy. Additionally, we also conduct impactful research globally in the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability for helping communities and new entrepreneurs succeed in these new challenging times of the global economy," Felzensztein said.