Entrepreneurial Spirit / March 1, 2005

Smith Ranked Among Entrepreneur Magazines Top 13

The entrepreneurship program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is ranked among the top 13 nationally in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur magazine. For the third consecutive year and since the surveys inception, the magazine has included the Smith School prominently among its annual list of the best 100 collegiate entrepreneurship programs in the United States.

The Smith Schools leading approach to entrepreneurship education and research gives our students the ability to deal with complex issues such as the integration of technology and globalization, while successfully undertaking the challenge of building a successful business, said Howard Frank, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Smith School is committed to nurturing and growing the entrepreneurial spirit in our students and I'm pleased that our entrepreneurship programs have been rated among the best in the country.

According to the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, a report measuring entrepreneurial activity worldwide, 73 million people across the globe are either nascent entrepreneurs, or own or manage a young business. Among Smith School resources supporting entrepreneurship is the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, a nationally-recognized, leading entrepreneurial center that assists students and regional entrepreneurs with expertise and funding.

One of the strong points of the Dingman Center is that we truly leverage all available resources to provide students with the tools to build success and confidence to be entrepreneurs, said Asher Epstein, managing director of the Dingman Center. The Dingman Center takes advantage of its strategic position within the Smith School, a recognized leader in management education, to draw upon expertise from the entire university including the Clark School of Engineering, the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute and the Office of Technology Commercialization. Students truly have access to the latest thought leadership, best practices and mentorship from all disciplines while mastering the core principles of successful entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs third annual evaluation of the best entrepreneurship programs at U.S. colleges and universities was performed by TechKnowledge Point Corp., an online research and referral exchange for entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

Visit Entrepreneur magazine's Web site for more information.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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