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.

The 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.


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