From the Dean

Purdue University is well-known for its resources, competitions and programs focused on entrepreneurship. In fact, Business Insider noted our strength in entrepreneurship as one of the reasons Krannert ranks No. 18 on its list of the “World’s Best Business Schools.”

Krannert students are exploring their own entrepreneurial ideas, founding startups and collaborating across campus and across the country on projects.

Through an entrepreneurship class, junior Amanda Short teamed up with other Purdue students to bring the first K-12 community lab to Indiana and make biotechnology education accessible to all. They are using crowd-funding platform Microryza to raise money for a venture called Biomaker Bench.

Sophomore Mohammad Ali is the marketing director for Rumblii, a new web-app
for college students who want to connect on campus. With students from several universities working on the project, the app rolls out at Purdue this fall and will have a dynamic networking system on events, sports, callouts and clubs.

Providing a place for student entrepreneurs to come together and collaborate was the impetus behind the Anvil, co-founded by Krannert senior Chris MacPherson and Mike Asem, a senior in liberal arts. Located on State Street, the Anvil opened for student use in August. Chris also co-founded the Entrepreneurship and Innovations Club at Purdue and is the co-creator of Kyk Energy — a powder you add to any drink to turn it into an energy drink.

Of course, these aren’t the only Krannert students involved in startups, and our list of alumni entrepreneurs is lengthy. We are honored to count among them military veterans, graduates of our Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which provides focused training on small-business management and entrepreneurship.

In addition, Prof. Matthew Lynall will be leading the Lean Launchpad program for innovation and entrepreneurship for the first time at Purdue. It’s a proven program originating from a Stanford professor based on his work at the University of California, Berkeley.

And what about taking on a global master’s degree through the Global Entrepreneurship Program? Students can spend a year preparing to become a global entrepreneur working and living at Purdue, EMLyon Business School in France and Zhejiang University Business School in China.

There is also the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program directed by Nathalie Duval-Couetil, which is open to undergraduate students in all majors. It combines textbook theory with real-world practice to teach students essential knowledge for entrepreneurs.

Purdue is committed to doubling the number of startups being created by innovators on campus, and has the resources to do it. For up and coming entrepreneurs, we can’t think of a better place to be than Purdue.