By Annali Dolman — This August, William Jewell College was ranked number 23 in Startup Schools: America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015 by FORBES magazine. FORBES ranked the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on the entrepreneurial ratios – the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). William Jewell College currently has approximately 200 business, accounting, and economic majors with between 15 and 20 students minoring in Entrepreneurial Leadership. There are several faculty members who work with the business program; however, there are 2 primary faculty members who lead the entrepreneurial program: Dr. Gregg Whittaker and Professor Landon Young.
Jewell has become a distinguished school in this category because of the tireless work of business teachers and students and an increasingly popular entrepreneurial program. Chair of the Department and Professor of Business, Dr. Kelli Schutte was asked why she felt that William Jewell College was recognized for this award.
“We have been working on developing and advancing our entrepreneurial program for the past 5 years. This reward recognizes our commitment to develop burgeoning entrepreneurs. We have seen a growing number of students and alumni who are engaging the entrepreneurial space in Kansas City. This is a result of the dedication of Dr. Gregg Whittaker and Professor Landon Young to connect our students with the entrepreneurs in our community to grow their interest in starting their own businesses.”
Additionally, William Jewell College has created the Idea X-Change as part of an overall grant provided by the Kauffman Foundation. With matching funds the funding was just short of $1,000,000. A portion of this was used for the Idea X-Change as well as innovation grants for faculty and students and other programs.” This room is used to engage students with entrepreneurial thinking.
Information for this article was sourced from the FORBES website and an interview with Dr. Kelli Schutte. FORBES is an American business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. Published biweekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics.