The college campus, it turns out, is FINALLY beginning to be recognized as an ideal incubator for hatching small businesses these days.
According to the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., more than 2,000 colleges and universities now offer at least a class and often an entire course of study in entrepreneurship. That is up from 253 institutions offering such courses in 1985. More than 200,000 students are enrolled in such courses, compared with 16,000 in 1985.
I know that when I started my first business from my college dorm room at Northwestern University in 1985, entrepreneurship was something but only a few students in the business school talked about, and absolutely something no one talked about in the school of music.
While entrepreneurship in the arts still has a much further way to come, in terms of acceptance among faculty and stewardship at the university level, the movement of teaching entrepreneurship on college campuses is unstoppable and gaining the kind of momentum that will allow it to begin to more easily spread into all areas of study- including the arts.
So it looks like we have come a long way baby!
For more about the development of entrepreneurship classes, read the New York Times Article A Classroom Path to Entrepreneurship that was published just a couple of days ago.