It is the EEA philosophy that the student is better served by first experiencing “messiness and even failure within a somewhat protected environment, rather than when they are on the job in the real world.” The ultimate goals are to better prepare students for the complexity and messiness of organizational life, encourage them to be innovative and adaptive, develop their abilities to be self-directed and to work in teams, and to enhance their planning, problem-solving and leadership skills.
In 1998, Barth Strempek, associate
professor in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, developed the
Entrepreneurial Leadership Experience (ELE) at Elon University,
Elon, NC, to teach students management, marketing and entrepreneurship by
developing start-up businesses that produce and market professional quality
music CDs, sold under the label, Elon
___, 2001 Elon University received a $385,324 grant from the U.
S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
(FIPSE) to create a learning laboratory for students to apply management and
marketing skills through the development of new business enterprises.
will match the grant with $334,991 to provide the three-year project with
$720,315. Fifty-three percent of the project will be financed with federal
funds, while 47 percent is financed by nongovernmental sources.
Strempek will administer the grant.
The grant will fund the creation of the Elon Enterprise Academy (EEA), a center
that will provide 60-70 students with real world organizational experience. The
EEA will supplement students’ classroom education, beginning in the junior
year, in the areas of business,
leisure and sports management, and music.
|“The Elon Enterprise Academy is designed to give students a solid start to their careers by making them more capable of surviving, and even thriving, in today’s complex business environment,” Strempek says. “This program will encourage students to recognize opportunity, take initiative, assess risk and reward, take informed chances and follow through.”||
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