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Spring Message from A&M Entrepreneurship Center
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April, 2009

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Center For New Ventures & Enterpreneurship

Newletter 5.3
April 2009

Mays Business School at Texas A&M University
Spring Update on the Center

Richard Lester
Director - CNVE

Well, here we are in early April and I have been involved with the Center for the last 5 or so months. I must say my time here so far has been extremely rewarding and intense. I thought I knew CNVE but I only saw what those from the outside see, our programs and our results. However, the work and detail beyond those impressive programmatic marvels are far reaching. Lenae and our CNVE network of volunteers and student staff are truly an indication of the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well at Texas A&M, the Mays Business School and our Department of Management. The numbers of students, faculty, administrators, and Texas entrepreneurs we reach is a testament to the work done and the need for entrepreneurship throughout our stakeholder community. So with that let me get you all up to date with how the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship is changing lives through all your efforts, support, donations, and well wishes.

This month we bring you information that we hope is informative and a couple items of “News To Use”.  The first is a report from Justin Webb, a Doctoral Candidate in the Management Department. You might remember Justin received a scholarship from the Aggie 100 Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund last year to further his research on entrepreneurs. I think you will find his preliminary findings of interest. The second is some thoughts I have on the recession we face as an opportunity or problem for entrepreneurs. I have been doing some reading, thinking, and talking to entrepreneurs throughout our network and would like to share some thoughts in this regard.

Lenae will also want to take this opportunity to update you on Center Activities, recent past and upcoming. We are certainly moving forward at a fast pace.

Our newsletter is about to begin its fifth year and we thank you for your support.  We plan to offer our musings in the newsletter 3 to 4 times per year.  Once again, thank you in advance for your support, thoughts, and suggestions. 

Social Entrepreneur Uses Class Assignment to Organize Church Youth

Don Lewis ‘86 is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Management at the Mays Business School since 1999 teaching principles of entrepreneurship and small business management to business undergraduates. Don is still an active entrepreneur with interests in several real estate businesses. Last fall he approached the school with an idea to take aspiring entrepreneurs who have an idea and allow them to nurture that idea through a semester long special topics class that he organized and taught. At present Don has five undergrads working on business plans and we present one of those to you in the following brief.

Read the business plan by clicking here.
Aggie Scholars

The purpose of the Aggie 100 Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund is to support entrepreneurial research and students studying entrepreneurship. The Fund was established as a way for Aggie 100 honorees to support this endeavor. Over the past three years the Aggie 100 honorees have given generously in this very important initiative. A broad view of entrepreneurship scholarship is encouraged and is aimed at topics such as: traditional business start-up, venture capital, IPOs, creativity, innovation, technology transfer and organizational transformation.  The grant is open to junior faculty, as well as doctoral students who have completed their first two years of doctoral work at Texas A&M.
One of our first grant recipients was Justin Webb. Justin is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Management doing research in entrepreneurship.

Click here to see an abstract of his findings to date.


Opportunity or Problem?


The Center’s staff is often asked about how today’s economic reality affects the likelihood of entrepreneurs entering or thriving in the current marketplace.

I reflect upon this subject in the following brief.


Lenae’s Corner - From our Assistant Director

Here’s what been happening and is on our radar for the near term.

For a status report on the MBA Tech Transfer Challenge, EATAM, Start Up 101, Conn Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, Ideas Challenge, the EBV Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Aggie 100 click here.


CNVE Advisory Council Click to view >

CNVE Executive Committee Click to view >

About CNVE Click to read more >


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