Starting a College Entrepreneurship Club: Gauge Interest and Generate Support
Any successful on-campus initiative needs support from the inside out. Internally, find a network of faculty with entrepreneurial experience that can be your advisers. You don't need to have a business department to find this faculty support, says Kelly-Cline. Look closely in your course catalog for courses in economics, finance, and accounting, and keep an ear out for professors that have come from other career paths. "Email all of the professors that teach in those areas, send them a prospectus of what you want to do, and then see if you can try to recruit advisors," he says. Bringing the faculty and administration into the equation is important, because "the faculty can act as liaisons." Additionally, these courses and professors can provide a foundation for eventually implementing entrepreneurship into your curriculum.
"The thing about faculty is that they're extremely busy," says Kalyn. "But they'll do anything that supports the work of their students. If students can really take control and facilitate a program like this, and hold it to a high academic standard, you get momentum. That leads to consistent support."