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The Innovative and Entrepreneurial University: Higher Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Focus

November 8, 2013View for printing

America's colleges and universities have gotten the entrepreneurial bug. From the i6 Proof of Concept Center at the University of Akron to the University of Wyoming's Technology Business Center, America's higher education institutions are embracing the importance of innovation, commercialization, entrepreneurship, and the creation of economic value for their communities. Most people are familiar with the traditional centers of university-based innovation and entrepreneurship such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its connection to the Greater Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem. But over the last decade, more universities, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU), and regional state colleges have embraced innovation and entrepreneurship as critical to their mission and role in their communities.

In 2011, 142 major research universities and associations submitted a letter to the Secretary of Commerce renewing their commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in their communities, and asked the federal government to continue to work with them in these areas. This report is the next step in a two-year effort by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) to understand exactly what America's colleges and universities are doing programmatically and strategically to nurture innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship among students, faculty, alumni, and within their communities.

Full Report: http://www.eda.gov/pdf/The_Innovativ ... _Report.pdf
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