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Kauffman Initiative on Entrepreneurship

Enitiative is the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative, made possible by a grant awarded to SU from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This 5-year, $3-million endowment will enable the coalition of committed academic and community partners to incorporate entrepreneurship into every facet of advancing the Scholarship in Action vision throughout Central New York.

Built on the belief that entrepreneurship is a powerful force for change, Enitiative maintains that entrepreneurship is the key to regenerating the promise of the area. Syracuse University, as the region's largest university-and home to the top-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program-is uniquely positioned to lead this effort and guide the region toward new solutions for revitalization.

As Enitiative unfolds, the image that emerges is one of transformation and renewal. It empowers students and citizens to use entrepreneurship as a foundation to generate ideas, explore possibilities, and build working models of creative productivity. The Enitiative vision of the future includes a thriving workforce of professionals who put down roots in a newly-vibrant Central New York community. Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of this endeavor.

Entrepreneurship at the School of Law

Syracuse University's College of Law addresses entrepreneurism from the perspective of the law in all of its applications. Most notably, the College's Center for Law and Business Enterprise; the community development Law Clinic; the Law and Technology Management program; the Law and Market Economy program; and the Working Group on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism (PSCE) have integrated the student's activities with social entrepreneurial practices.

Entrepreneurship at the Maxwell School

Program on Research in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
The objective of this research program at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is to study the economics of entrepreneurship with an eye toward guiding government policy that affects entrepreneurial decisions. Research areas include:

  1. Effects of productivity growth, economic growth, income distribution and mobility on entrepreneurship, and on the geography of entrepreneurship.
  2. The role of taxes, regulations, and other policies on the employment, compensation, investment, finance, entry, and exit decisions of entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  3. Entrepreneurial incentives and performance in the government and in the non-profit sector.
  4. Related topics of interest also include: the social context of entrepreneurship and; the effects of estate tax and small business; taxation on entrepreneurship; old-age entrepreneurship; intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial values; role of family businesses; and entrepreneurship in the "new" economy.

Entrepreneurship Initiatives At the College of Visual and Performing Arts

In June 1973, the front page of Billboard Magazine announced the creation of Syracuse University's Music Industry degree program. Today, the Music Industry program is recognized as one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States, placing emphasis on coursework, seminars, forums, guest speakers, and internships, while preparing its students for careers as music entrepreneurs and executives. A division of the Setnor School of Music in SU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Music Industry program is home to Syracuse University Recordings, an entirely student-run record label. Students enrolled in the record company work together to perform the various activities undertaken by recording industry executives. Students collaborate to perform the functions of major label departments, including A&R selection, recording, production, design, manufacturing, publicity, marketing, distribution, finance, and licensing. Under the guidance of faculty advisor David Rezak, SUR develops, produces, and releases unique content year after year.

Entrepreneurship at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

ESF has three different components of entrepreneurship in place:

  • An academic minor is offered in collaboration with the Whitman School of Management
  • The Seminar Series features speakers with experiences, perspectives, and views on the entrepreneurial experience.
  • Every Spring, the 3-credit course Green Entrepreneurship is held. For an overview of the course content, click HERE.

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