Letter from the Entrepreneurship Chair: Seeing entrepreneurially never goes out of style!

Dear Friends, 


It is my great pleasure to greet you as the newly elected chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (EEE). I am honored and excited about my new role. John, our Deputy Chair, and I look forward to working with all of you to further strengthen and develop our community. 


This has been a very exciting year for EEE. Our signature events continued to go from strength to strength, from the Orange Tank Competition in the fall and the Panasci Business Competition in the spring, to the Capstone events at the end of each semester. As the educational journey of an entire cohort of students culminates in the identification and development of new business ideas, Capstone is a particularly proud moment for us. Some of these students will start their own ventures, others will join public or non-profit agencies, many will work in corporations and firms of various sizes. No matter where they go, they have learned how to “see entrepreneurially.”  


Throughout the year, our faculty continued providing first-class education and thought leadership. From teaching about venture capital and entrepreneurial turnarounds, to securing grants from the NSF and private foundations. From publishing research in top academic journals on topics such as high-tech ventures or refugee entrepreneurship, to leading research institutes that inform business and policy leaders on regulation and governance. From serving as journal editors shaping our understanding of entrepreneurship, to leading courses for women entrepreneurs and for our veterans.  Our faculty continue distinguishing themselves as thought leaders in the field. Our Ph.D. students are also in high demand and being placed in research-intensive universities. The list goes on! John and I invite you all to read this Report to learn more about what EEE is doing to make the world see entrepreneurially.  


Thank you for being part of our community and for supporting our efforts in so many ways. You make it possible for us to deliver innovative programs that help our students become successful, entrepreneurial alumni. Seeing entrepreneurially never goes out of style! 


Go Orange, 


Maria Minniti 

Louis A. Bantle Chair of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy 

Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises 

Director, Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES) 


John M. Torrens, Ph.D.                                                          

Deputy Department Chair & Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice 

Program Manager, Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship 

Academic Director, Semester in NYC 

Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises 

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