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Here is the interview with the Career Management Center team at Cornell Johnson.
What kind of background and skills do you like to see in applicants expressing interest in an entrepreneurial career?
We like to see students who already started a business or are in a family business; someone who is pre-disposed to taking action and researching, who knows what they don’t know. You can’t learn entrepreneurship by getting an MBA, but the MBA experience helps entrepreneurs.
What aspects of your curriculum do you feel are best suited to students who want to pursue entrepreneurship?
Our immersion in Entrepreneurship and Private Equity is a great start. It provides lots of interaction with our virtual entrepreneurs in residence. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute also provides students with a wide range of experiential programs in addition to coursework and networking.
Which school clubs and extra-curricular events are most relevant to people interested in entrepreneurship?
The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, business plan competitions, and the clubs providing services for entrepreneurs are most relevant. The student-run entrepreneurship clubs include BR Ventures (a seed-stage venture capital fund), BR Consulting (consulting services for start-up companies), BR Legal (legal services for new ventures), or BR MicroCapital (business advising and lending services for local entrepreneurs).
Since “entrepreneurship” is a very broad term, can you break down some of the sub-categories in the field that Cornell Johnson excels in?
Technology transfer and scientific research incubators are some of the sub-categories that Cornell Johnson excels in.
What percentage of the class joins a start up or starts their own company upon graduation? Within approximately 5 years of graduating Cornell Johnson?
2-3% of the class might join a start-up or start a new company upon graduation.
What types of companies did they start or start-ups did they join?
The placements vary each year.