Vanderbilt University is one of a very small number of the world’s leading research universities that is ideally suited for MBA entrepreneurship study for three reasons:
It is situated in the heart of
Nashville, Tennessee — perennially ranked as one of
the USA’s top ten entrepreneurial metropolises. Nashville
abounds with successful entrepreneurs, in all industries,
and the OEC maintains very tight ties to this vibrant
constituency. At the same time Nashville is a large
enough metropolis (1.5 million residents) to allow
abundant business and networking opportunities for
our MBA entrepreneurship students.
The compact university campus
naturally encourages significant interaction between Vanderbilt’s
professional schools. The Law School (and the Law School Clinic — a
popular destination of our entrepreneurs) is thirty steps outside of
the Business School. The Medical Center and the Engineering School
are less than a 5-minute walk from the Business School.
Entrepreneur Center in Nashville is an independent organization that
functions as a hub of activity related to entrepreneurship.
Owen students participate in these activities by working on projects
at the center, by attending events at the center, and by taking
advantage of the many services that the EC offers to budding
entreprenerus. The EC provides a vital link between the
academic world and the real world of startups.
Scholarships and Internships
The OEC offers scholarships and internships
to outstanding entrepreneurship MBA students.
Summer Enterprise Development Program
For competitive first year students who are serious
about creating their own venture, the OEC offers summer support so
students can work on their own business idea instead of working for a
big company in a traditional summer internship. First year tudents
interested in this program should contact any member of the
entrepreneurship faculty in Mod I of the first year for details on how
to apply for the program. The summer stipend is $15,000, and OEC
will support a maximum of four students.
Jim and Leah Sohr Grants
Jim Sohr (Owen 1990) and his wife, Leah, have
created a Grant program that provides up to $25,000 in grant money to
students who have a compelling business idea. Competitions for
these grants are held each fall and spring, and the winners work with a
team of mentors to turn their business ideas into successful companies.
Go here for more information.