Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business named National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program

School honored for innovative and impactful MBA entrepreneurship program at 2011 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference  

 
HOUSTON -- (Jan. 27, 2011) -- Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business received the 2011 National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program Award at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National conference.

The Rice MBA entrepreneurship program was recognized for its excellence in entrepreneurship education based on all aspects of the program.

The purpose of the USASBE awards is to identify, recognize, celebrate and publicize excellence in entrepreneurship education in all forms and at all levels. Awards cite exemplary programs that reflect innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability, transferability, depth of support and impact.

“It is a great honor for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University to receive this prestigious award,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business. “Our faculty have published exceptional research and provided our students an exemplary teaching experience, and I am pleased they are receiving recognition for their work. Our entrepreneurship program, under the leadership of Professor Al Napier and through our association and support of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, has helped mold and cultivate successful entrepreneurial ventures that were founded while students were earning a Rice MBA.”

Rice was one of two finalists who presented to the judges at the conference in this category, along with the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, presented on behalf of Rice University at the conference held in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The award to Rice recognizes the quality of the depth and breath of the Rice MBA entrepreneurship programs, both curricular and noncurricular, including the activities of the Rice Alliance that involve the Rice MBA students, Burke said.

Past winners of this award include Harvard University, Babson College, University of North Carolina, University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University.

The mission of USASBE is to create the next generation of entrepreneurs through teaching and research to improve knowledge, techniques and skills in promoting the advancement of entrepreneurial education and research. To recognize achievement of this mission, USASBE presents the awards during its annual conference to universities that have demonstrated excellence in education and research.

About Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is one of the world’s leading business schools. Named in honor of the late Jesse Holman Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the Jones Graduate School is distinguished by its strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing and management with areas of excellence in energy, entrepreneurship and health care. Degreed programs include the Rice MBA, MBA for Executives and MBA for Professionals as well as joint MBA degrees in medicine and mechanical engineering. A Ph.D. in business attracts candidates aspiring to become faculty members at business schools in prestigious research universities internationally. The Jones Graduate School also provides an undergraduate business minor and a full schedule of noncredit executive education and customized courses for business and industry.

About the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. Since its inception, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 250 startups which have raised more than half a billion dollars in early stage capital. More than 750 companies have presented at the 125 Rice Alliance programs. The Rice Alliance hosts the world’s richest and largest business plan competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition, where 42 graduate–level teams from around the world compete for more than $1 million. More than 100 past teams are in business today and have raised in excess of $257 million in funding.

Recent recognition:
- 2011 National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program - USASBE
- 2010 No. 6 U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine
- 2009 Outstanding Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education - GCEC
- 2009 Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
- 2009 Marketer of the Year – American Marketing Association
- 2008 Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally – Greater Houston Partnership
- 2007 Outstanding Enterprise Creation Award – GCEC


About The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With more than 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

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