We recently learned about the PRIME entrepreneurship program at Brown University through some twitter action. Today we learned about the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network upon Widener’s accession to to the program.
Widener University has been accepted to the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), a collaboration of 21 select, private universities around the United States that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering and technology students. The KEEN mission, like the School of Engineering at Widener, is to graduate engineers who will contribute to business success; and in doing so, create jobs that lead to a higher standard of living for the American workforce. Widener’s participation in KEEN is a collaborative effort of the Schools of Engineering and Business Administration.
The network was created in 2005 by the Kern Family Foundation, which provides funding for KEEN member schools to develop educational initiatives to instill an action-oriented entrepreneurial mindset in engineering graduates. A focus on entrepreneurial leadership as well as technical skills is increasingly important as the U.S. competes to maintain its economic position in a global marketplace based on innovation.
Widener University received a start-up grant of $75,000 over two years from KEEN, which will be used to focus on initiatives including updating current curriculum, hosting best practices workshops by KEEN for faculty, and starting a speaker series.