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ERIC Number: EJ919987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Encouraging Entrepreneurship
Anderson, Michelle
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n15 p8 Sep 2010
In this article, the author features the Opportunity Funding Corporation's (OFC) Venture Challenge, a business competition that allows HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) students to develop and foster sustainable business ventures. The OFC Venture Challenge was established to help HBCUs develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum. It began in 2000, when Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan, now an endowed professor of entrepreneurship and the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State, joined an effort that sought to tackle economic disparities between Whites and other ethnic groups. Just seven HBCUs participated in the first venture challenge, but about 40 schools participate today. Bhuiyan says HBCUs don't have to start from scratch to reach the stature of the entrepreneurship programs at Fayetteville State, Hampton and Jackson State universities. He counsels schools to repurpose existing resources, like eliminating typing and secretarial courses that he says some schools still offer, and incorporate entrepreneurship into traditional programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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