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2005.12.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

University of Nebraska at Omaha Earns Top Ten Rating from Entrepreneur Magazine

Omaha - Entrepreneur Magazine has listed the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as a top 10 program in its third annual "Entrepreneurial Colleges" edition.  UNO's ranking is in the limited curriculum category, where more than 120 colleges and universities were included.

"We are extremely pleased with the ranking.  It shows that the curriculum that has been developed is being recognized widely for its quality," said Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration (CBA).  The Maverick Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI) is housed within CBA.  "Our students see the significant potential in starting their own businesses, and the college is providing a wealth of practical knowledge that helps goals and dreams become reality."

Entrepreneurship classes are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  Anne York, an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, serves as MEI director.  The institute, established in the fall of 2004, has focused on developing cross-campus technology initiatives to take advantage of Omaha's increasing presence in the areas of medical research, information science and engineering.

Recent MEI activities have included sponsoring the Maverick Business Plan Competition, which was open to all UNO students, and hosting the Maverick High School Summer Entrepreneurship Program, which brought an eclectic mix of Omaha metropolitan area high school students to campus to learn about entrepreneurship.  The program also allowed students to work with a variety of businesses and non-profit agencies in the community.

"2005 was our inaugural year, and the response has been incredible both at the university and in the community," York said.  "In the near term, we're seeking out more participants for the Business Plan Competition and the high school program is expanding from Omaha to all of Nebraska.  The work we do is exciting."

MEI's partners in the area range from large, private companies to non-profits.  In particular, First National Bank and Booz Allen Hamilton have taken leadership roles in establishing the Maverick High School Summer Entrepreneurship Program and the Maverick Business Plan Competition, York said.  The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, Scott Technology Center, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Nebraska Business Development Center have also played key roles in partnering with and supporting the Institute's new programs.

Next summer a new faculty member with expertise in entrepreneurship and business strategy will be added to the CBA faculty. Vishal Gupta, from the University of Missouri-Columbia, will be working with York and other faculty members to further develop the scope and depth of UNO's entrepreneurship program.  In addition, James Bell, from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, will be coming to UNO during the summer of 2006 as visiting faculty expert in entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Magazine ranks university and college programs into three categories -- comprehensive (largest), entrepreneurship emphasis (a smaller number of courses) and entrepreneurship limited curriculum (smallest). Within each category, programs have been ranked into four tiers. 

For more information about the entreprenuership program at UNO, contact York at (402) 554-2706 or at anneyork@mail.unomaha.edu.

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