Camp named one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors

S. Michael Camp
, academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, was recently named one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors by FORTUNE Small Business magazine. In addition to the individual recognition, Camp and the Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the College of Engineering will launch a new interdisciplinary program with a $600,000 multi-year grant awarded to The Ohio State University by the National Science Foundation.

FORTUNE Small Business magazine recognized Camp and 17 other professors as the nation’s best through a survey of colleagues, students and entrepreneurs in its first compilation of America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs.

“In the relatively short time that Michael has led the Center for Entrepreneurship, he has fostered and nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit of many students not only in Fisher College but throughout Ohio State,” said Stephen L. Mangum, acting dean of Fisher College. “This recent recognition is a remarkable honor and is reflective of Michael’s passion for preparing innovative start up companies to succeed.”

The magazine commended Camp’s efforts that led to the creation of the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Academy, an interdisciplinary program that teaches graduate students to assess the commercial potential of new technologies.

Camp is also part of a new Ohio State program to provide entrepreneurship skills to undergraduate computer science students through the National Science Foundation grant. NEWPATH is a collaboration among faculty from the Computer Science and Engineering department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and Fisher. The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Enterprise Transformation and Innovation (CETI) within the College of Engineering will contribute to the program, as well as TechColumbus, a community partner.

Select incoming computer science students enrolled in the new program will complete the college’s entrepreneurship minor and participate in internships with high-tech start up information technology companies connected with TechColumbus and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“With this new program we hope to set a precedent for how other colleges around campus can leverage the entrepreneurship program for innovative instructional opportunities,” Camp, a co-principal investigator of the NEWPATH program, said.

The NEWPATH program will also feature an intense six-month immersion, immediately prior to graduation, in which students will form small entrepreneurial teams to create a model start up. Select students will be recruited directly into the program, which is slated to begin fall quarter 2008. Students will major in an existing degree program: Computer Science and Engineering, Computer and Information Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering.