Entrepreneurship Program Named Finalist for National Award

The Thomas S. Johnson Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program (MSE) at the Hough Graduate School of Business at the Warrington College of Business Administration was named a finalist for the 2012 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program award.

The winner of the award will be announced during USASBE’s annual conference Jan. 12-15 in New Orleans.

“We are honored to be selected as finalists for this award,” said MSE Program Director Chris Tassin. “Everyone at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has worked very hard over the years to build a quality academic program, and it is very gratifying for our efforts to be validated by our peers.”

The USASBE bestows three National Model Program awards annually (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) to colleges and universities with innovative programs to educate future entrepreneurs.

In the MSE Program, students gain a thorough understanding of principles in accounting, economics, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship and apply those lessons to real-world business ventures, such as Gator Nest, where students work with a startup organization to assist with the development of a new venture opportunity, or the Integrated Technology Venture Program, that brings business, law and engineering students onto a multi-disciplinary project team to develop a targeted technology commercialization plan and prototype.

“MSE students are not just studying entrepreneurship at UF, but living it,” Tassin said.

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