August 20, 2007

Fortune Small Business Includes Neeley Entrepreneurship Program in Top 25

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Program, in the Neeley School of Business at TCU, is included in the 25 Top Programs for Undergrads in Fortune Small Business magazine's September 2007 listing of America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs. From undergraduate programs to MBAs, the study of entrepreneurship is on the rise, according to the article.

Fortune had this to say about TCU's entrepreneurship program: "While the University of Illinois at Chicago is headquarters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, TCU has the largest chapter with more than 350 student members. Part of the draw is the club's annual Road Trip, which takes students to tour super-successful former startups, such as Dell. The school's Texas Youth Entrepreneur Competition awards scholarship money to high-school students who submit winning business plans. The funds can be used at any college or university, but the amount is doubled for winners who attend TCU.

"Many of the winners end up coming here," David Minor is quoted as saying. Minor is director of the  Neeley Entrepreneurship Center. "These are kids that would traditionally go someplace like Wharton."

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center has been honored with several recent accolades: 

  •   The TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) was awarded the Student Organization
      Excellence award in May 2007, the highest honor for student organizations on campus.
  •   Dr. Garry Bruton, management professor and academic coordinator of the Neeley
      Entrepreneurship Program, is the first recipient of the new Fehmi Zeko Faculty Fellowship,
      designed to recognize and reward an individual who excels as a teacher/scholar at Neeley.  
  •   The world's top entrepreneurial experts came to Neeley for the first-ever conference on 
      Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets. The two-day event looked at entrepreneurship issues in
      China, East & Central Europe, India, Indonesia, South America and Vietnam. It was organized
      by Bruton. 

Nearly 3,000 schools now have classes in entrepreneurship, up tenfold since the mid-1980s, according to the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City nonprofit that tracks the topic. Fortune Small Business compiled a selection of the best colleges for entrepreneurs according to: general entrepreneurship, family business, online education, part-time executive education, social entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary studies. 

According to Fortune Small Business , the team that chose the top 25 entrepreneurship colleges "is led by parents who are aware of the limitations of those perennial college surveys that rely on numerical data. Counting the ratio of applicants to acceptances or the number of Ph.D.s on staff just doesn't give you a good feel for a program's quality. Instead we relied on old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting. Our listings (in alphabetical order) are the result of seven months of interviews with hundreds of entrepreneurs, professors, students, alumni, university administrators, and venture capitalists. We asked each of our sources to tell us which programs they considered to be the most innovative and effective, and why. While a classroom may not teach you how to become a risk-taking visionary, it can provide the business skills that help hasten success."

The nationally ranked Neeley School of Business at TCU focuses on personal development, vital connections and real experiences. High functioning classrooms and calculated career development give students the platform to succeed. Renowned faculty, major corporations and leading executives connect to share winning business practices. Students work for real clients to solve critical challenges. Neeley is consistently recognized among the best business schools in the country by The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, U.S.News & World Report, Fortune and The Princeton Review. From skills and strategies to team dynamics and global expeditions, we make sure Neeley graduates are trailblazing business leaders - each in their own individual way.


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU