A place for student entrepreneurs
An entrepreneurship club, or entreclub as well call it throughout this guide, is a group of students who get together to practice and promote entrepreneurship in their communities. These students are driven by their passion for all things entrepreneurial. They also want to explore entrepreneurship as a career option and a lifestyle.
Unity in diversity
The diversity of entrepreneurship clubs is a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires their creation. To be true to this entrepreneurial spirit, we won't dictate the best way to start and run an entreclub. Instead, we will present best practices drawn from a survey of well-know entrepreneurship clubs and from our own experience starting the UMass Five Colleges Entreclub and Business Plan Competition.
The UMass Five Colleges group uses Entreclub as our organizational name. In this manual well use "entreclub" as a generic name for the kind of organization were talking about. We hope that our ideas and experiences, and those of our sister organizations around the country, will lead you to define entreclub in a way that best fits the needs of your campus community.
Four entreclub functions
First and foremost, an entreclub is an organization of students motivated to practice and promote entrepreneurship. An entreclub is also a network of people and resources from that community who can aid students in their entrepreneurial goals.
An entreclub is a program of co-curricular educational events and activities that help promote entrepreneurship in the community.
Finally, an entreclub sponsors business plan competitions that provide incentive for students to launch their entrepreneurial ventures into the business community.
Well explain each of these four functions in further detail in the corresponding sections of the guide.
A work in progress
New York University Entrepreneurial Exchange Group (EEG)
The EEG is rolling out three additional programs:
As another service to the NYU community, including the alumni, the EEG
helps plan, organize and operate the All University Conference on Entrepreneurship.
A new committee that will conceive and execute the web development project
for the conference.
Vanderbilt University Collegiate Entrepreneurs of the Southeast