Simon Business School


Ain Center for Entrepreneurship

The Simon School of Business, well known for its cross-functional approach to management education, is particularly well positioned to offer its MBA students an Entrepreneurship concentration for those interested in the area of startup ventures or managing small businesses. Recognizing the need for innovative business education, the School offers this concentration to teach students the skills needed in entrepreneurial start-up situations and small businesses: writing a business plan, financing a new venture, deciding whether to incorporate, and protecting intellectual property. The University of Rochester Ain Center for Entrepreneurship works with the Simon School to identify partnerships with alumni, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations to develop new ways to teach entrepreneurship. Our innovative Internship Program offers an opportunity for selected students to work with senior management in entrepreneurial firms in the Rochester area.

The Simon School also assists with two student-run entrepreneurship organizations: the Simon School Venture Capital Fund (SSVF) and the Simon Entrepreneurs Association (SEA). Students involved in SSVF make early-stage venture capital investments, with an emphasis on providing support for student-initiated startup ventures. The fund is made possible by philanthropic support from Simon alumni entrepreneurs. SEA members pursue individual entrepreneurial paths, but can rely on a network of resources and support along the way. MBA and MS candidates are equally welcome to join the Simon Entrepreneurs Association.

As interest in entrepreneurship grows throughout the University, new opportunities are constantly added for innovative students. In 2018, UR’s Student Incubator moved to the historic Sibley Building in downtown Rochester. This space, along with the partnership with NextCorps, allows for immersive and experiential learning. Further, interdisciplinary programming and skill-building workshops are fundamental to the Ain Center’s mission – and all are open to Simon students.

In addition to providing programs and support to MBA and MS students at Simon, the Ain Center also administers the Master of Science in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) program. Designed for students with an engineering, applied sciences, or mathematics background, this joint degree program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a technical concentration of their choice through the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, while receiving a strong foundation in entrepreneurial management through courses at the Simon School.

Visit the University of Rochester Ain Center for Entrepreneurship main website for more information about programs and events.

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