Fisher News Quarterly
Camp named one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors

A pair of publications has recognized S. Michael Camp, the academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Fisher as among the nation's best for entrepreneurship education. In addition to the recent honors, Camp and the Center for Entrepreneurship will also benefit from a $600,000, multi-year grant awarded to The Ohio State University by the National Science Foundation.

Camp was recently named one of the nation’s top entrepreneurship professors by FORTUNE Small Business magazine, while Entrepreneurship Magazine and The Princeton Review ranked the undergraduate entrepreneurship program 25th in the nation in its fifth annual survey of programs.

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, interim 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 told the magazine that interest from physics, engineering, medical, agriculture and law students have been overwhelming.

Entrepreneurship Magazine and The Princeton Review evaluated 900 schools based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences to determine its ranking of the best undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship program.

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 the 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 startup 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. “We developed the entrepreneurship minor as a core program that will serve the diverse Ohio State student population and continue to seek new and exciting applications for it.”

The NEWPATH program will also feature an intense six-month immersion, immediately prior to graduation, in which students will form small entrepreneurial teams that attempt to create a model start-up through all phases of the process including, business plan development, seeking venture capital, designing and building an information technology product/service and marketing. Students will also be mentored by faculty members and industry professionals throughout the program.

The National Science Foundation funds such initiatives in an effort to transform undergraduate computing education through interdisciplinary programs and collaboration between the academic and corporate communities. The Ohio State initiative was instituted because information technology graduates often lack the business and entrepreneurial skills to serve as change agents, understand important business concepts, the industry’s needs or a vision of future technology directions.

Select students will be recruited directly into the program, which is slated to begin for fall quarter 2008. Students will major in an existing degree program: Computer Science and Engineering, Computer and Information Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering.