2014 IEP Conference - Entrepreneurial Development Program

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TMCF will partner with the Gallup Organization to launch the first entrepreneurial talent assessment program for HBCUs. This unique approach of marrying science with the spirit of entrepreneurship is a key differentiator from other programs and the focus is to identify a student’s entrepreneurial talents and strengths to create jobs that will fuel our economy.

The pilot Program will include the following:

TMCF will pilot the Gallup Entrepreneurial StrenghtsFinder (ESF) Assessment and Development Program at HBCUs, which currently participate in the OFC Business Plan Competition. The HBCUs include schools that meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Offers an MBA program; 
  • Offers undergraduate degrees and/or courses in entrepreneurship; or 
  • Sponsors a team for OFC Venture Challenge entrepreneurship competition
In the pilot year, the participating schools will be required to disseminate approximately 100 assessments to students that fall into one of the following categories:
  • Enrolled in MBA programs 
  • Enrolled in undergraduate entrepreneurship programs 
  • Taking courses in entrepreneurship 
  • Participating on an OFC Venture Challenge competition team 
  • Engaging in other entrepreneurial activities

At the conclusion of the one-year pilot, TMCF expects the following outcomes:

  • Completion of a minimum of 1,800 Gallup Entrepreneurial Strength Assessments of students at HBCUs 
  • Data from HBCUs currently participating in entrepreneurial education and/or related activities to include: 
    • Profiles of the current entrepreneurship student population at HBCUs 
    • HBCUs’ success in attracting students that are best suited for entrepreneurial education and programs 
    • The likelihood of students from HBCUs pursuing entrepreneurial careers 
    • Skills and characteristics of the strongest competitive HBCU business challenge participants 
  • A comprehensive report that analyzes gaps in and opportunities for quality entrepreneurial education at HBCUs and lays the foundation for a collective strategy for improving enrollment, engagement and graduation of future entrepreneurs.
Download the attachment here to review frequently asked questions about the program.

If you have questions about the Entrepreneurial Development Program, please contact:

Scott Lilly
President of Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC)
p: 212.430.6058
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William U. Latham, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Gallup Education
p: 202.715.3087
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