WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine have once again ranked Wake Forest University Schools of Business among the top 25 graduate programs in the nation for entrepreneurship. Wake Forest moved up six places this year to #17 in the graduate business school ranking, out of more than 2,000 programs across the country.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine evaluated Wake Forest on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom.
“Wake Forest consistently ranks among top programs for entrepreneurship because of the commitment and genuine interest faculty, staff and students have in pursuing entrepreneurial activities,” said Stan Mandel, Wake Forest Schools of Business Professor of Practice and Director of the Angell Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are fortunate to have dynamic partnerships within the University and throughout our greater community that foster creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.”
One such event is the annual Wake Forest Elevator Competition in which students from around the world compete for more than $40,000 in cash to invest in their entrepreneurial ventures. The first place winner also receives automatic entry into the Venture Labs Investment Competition and can qualify for up to a $500,000 investment from the Piedmont Angel Network.
“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” commented Amy Cosper, Vice President and Editor in Chief at Entrepreneur. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”
For more information and a complete listing of the schools, go to (www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges) or visit (www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur). Full details will also appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands beginning today.