Campus: San Diego State University -- July 3, 2002
Entrepreneurial Management Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary
SDSU Now Ranked Among Nation's Tops for Entrepreneurship
As it celebrates its 15th anniversary, San Diego State University's
privately funded Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC) continues to
establish itself regionally and nationally as a hotbed for producing
The EMC connects SDSU's College of Business with local leaders by developing
strategic initiatives that promote better knowledge of the entrepreneurial
process through experiential learning, while providing the regional
community with the tools and skills necessary for venture growth and
SUCCESS Magazine ranked SDSU's MBA program 10th nationally among Business
Schools for Entrepreneurs in February 2001. The program was listed 20th
in the nation by US News & World Report in May 2002.
"This program is filling a definite need," said Ron Fowler,
founding chairman of the EMC. "The most important aspect is providing
students with exposure to the community. It combines their academic
learning experience with the realities of the business world."
The EMC program is designed for students who want to start and manage
their own firms, work in growth-oriented organizations, be service providers
to entrepreneurial clients, work with investors in evaluating proposed
ventures, or pursue a doctoral degree in entrepreneurship.
Graduate students specializing in entrepreneurship choose from a variety
of classes designed for new business creation and development. The curriculum
includes entrepreneurship, managing the growing firm, strategic management
of technology and innovation, business plan development, financing the
emerging enterprise, and product innovation management.
"The key to success is attracting bright students and educating
them exceptionally well," said Sanford Ehrlich, executive director
of the EMC. "We are proud that the quality of our program is reflected
in the success of our students' business plans and start-ups,"
he added, noting that a group of students recently launched a company
called Novaphage that caught the attention of the Carrot Capital Business
Plan Competition in New York City. The business plan was selected from
more than 450 registered teams. Novaphage uses a gene therapy process
to prevent heart disease.
EMC programs include:
- Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT)
- Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition
- QUALCOMM EMC Internship Program (companies & non-profits)
- L. Robert Payne Entrepreneur Lectureship Series
- Entrepreneurs-in-the-Classroom program
- Entrepreneurship curriculum development and research programs
- Entrepreneur Society (student-oriented) & Entrepreneurial Network
(alumni-oriented) affiliated organizations
Established in 1986, the EMC hosted its first national business plan
competition (now known as Venture Challenge) in 1990. The EMC began
operating out of its own facility in the Gateway Building in 1994. Two
years later, the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. became a major underwriter
of the student business plan competition.
The L. Robert Payne Distinguished Lectureship (endowment) was established
later in 1996 to bring outstanding entrepreneurs to campus to lecture.
In 1998, the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership established
the Kauffman Internship program. In 1999, EMC and QUALCOMM, Inc. announced
an annual gift from QUALCOMM supporting the EMC's Social Entrepreneur
In 2001, the EMC received $1.7 million as part of a $6 million federal
initiative to fund the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies,
a collaboration among the EMC, the SDSU Foundation, UCSD's CONNECT and
the Jacobs School of Engineering, SPAWAR and ORICON Technologies.
"Our competitive advantage is our location in San Diego,"
Professor Alex De Noble said. "We do a lot of networking. We are
part of everything and we immerse our students in the entrepreneurial
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