The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) offers institutions access to vital resources for building quality entrepreneurship education programs that engage engineering and technical students in hands-on learning.
KEEN provides a synergistic combination of
- faculty fellowships
- networking opportunities
- tools and resources
The goal of KEEN is to make entrepreneurship education opportunities widely available at US institutions of higher learning, and to instill an action-oriented entrepreneurial mindset in engineering, science, and technical undergraduates.
KEEN provides financial and other resources to grantee institutions for the development of entrepreneurship curricula, modules, and extracurricular activities like business plan competitions, speaker series, student entrepreneurship clubs, and seminars.
Kern Faculty Fellows
Each participating institution will choose a faculty leadership team including at least one tenured faculty member. These Kern Fellows will collaborate to realize the entrepreneurship education vision of their home institutions, with support from grants, tools, and resources. KEEN will provide initial awards of up to $50,000 to Fellows and their institutions in spring 2006, with additional financial, consulting, and support resources tailored to insitutional needs.
Kern Fellows will participate in three capacity-building workshops that will support them in program planning and development.
Kern Fellows and other educational leaders will participate in the cross-institutional Kern Network, a collaborative community for idea generation, program building, and resource sharing.
Curricular and program materials
Kern Fellows will have access to the KEEN Curriculum Link.
The Curriculum Link offers examples of entrepreneurship education curricula, modules, and other programming. Curriculum Link will be developed through the coordinated contribution of participantsí work and materials.
Who is eligible to participate?
Private Midwestern institutions with ABET accredited or accreditable undergraduate engineering programs may apply. Eligible institutions will choose a faculty leadership team, including at least one tenured faculty member, to participate in the application process and lead program development at selected institutions.
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