The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Foster Business School) was just ranked #7 in the 2009 Top 25 Graduate Programs in Entrepreneurship by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine. The ranking surveyed data from more than 2,300 programs, focusing on academic offerings, students and faculty, companies launched, cross-campus partnerships, competitions and other activities outside the classroom. PR/EM cited the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate for MBA and engineering students, and market research internships with UW Tech Transfer’s LaunchPad among the innovations that differentiated the Center from its peers.
“Validation is sweet,” said Connie Bourassa-Shaw, CIE’s director. “We know we have the courses, faculty, students, activities, and cross-campus and community relationships that turn ‘entrepreneurship education’ into ‘entrepreneurial reality.’ What drives us is the absolute conviction that our entrepreneurial students—and research faculty as well!—can use the resources of the Center, the UW, and Seattle to get their next companies up and running.”
CIE is grateful to the Foster faculty, board members, sponsors, coaches and mentors, TechTransfer, and our stellar students for helping us create the roadmap for such a well-recognized program.