Cornell University has begun a new minor course in “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”. Students of all disciplines can opt for this course from 2018. According to Susan Fleming of School of Hotel Administration, the minor was introduced due to large amounts of interest on the subject in the university. She gave examples of successful entrepreneurship programs like eLab at Cornell. Fleming holds the position of senior lecturer and minor director in the university.
Fleming said that there is a popular conception that entrepreneurs are born. She asserted that they can also be made. A person can be taught to manage problems and approach the same in entrepreneurship and innovative-minded ways. This is what Cornell University wants to teach. The course will begin in April.
Students of Cornell University can declare the Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a minor subject. The students, within this program, could take classes specializing in beverage, technology, food or even social. They can opt to focus on new ventures, private enterprise, corporate entrepreneurship, and small business. She stressed that the minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is not simply for the students passionate about the establishment of start-ups.
Fleming continued, stating that Cornell University is importing a new perspective so that the students are exposed to the entrepreneurial mindset. They will also be made familiar with a management style which they could apply to any kind of career. These skills could be applied while working for big companies or small companies. The learning could also be applied to managing own lives and also careers in a successful entrepreneurial manner. This has been seconded by Professor Michael Roach, who said that the minor is designed to be extremely open that students hailing from all kinds of backgrounds may benefit from it. Professor Roach teaches entrepreneurship.
Roach said that any student who is interested to learn about entrepreneurship, starting own company or being employed in a startup can select this course. They could also involve themselves in firms of an entrepreneurial nature. They could even be consultants. As per the academic, even though a number of other colleges provide these kinds of entrepreneurship programs, Cornell is unique in the sense that a substantial number of its alumni went to establish independent businesses. He stated a list of names, including Dyson in engineering and ILR in the hotel. They have become extremely successful businesses.