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The A-Team
Ruben Cantu, founder and CEO of Core Media Strategies, pairs investors with start-ups that have high potential. He knows what separates an A-team from a B-team, and the type of prime players investors are looking for.

Perfect Pitch
Pitchfest competitions have become quite popular with entrepreneurs seeking financing. Ruben Cantu, founder and CEO of Core Media Strategies, shares his top five tips when presenting ideas to investors, in order to nail a pitch.

Hankamer School of Business Finds New, State-of-the-Art Home
KWBU-FM: AUDIO: The new $100 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation is the new home of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. Media representatives were given a tour this week of the 275,000-square-foot building, which has an atrium, classrooms with the latest technology, collaborative study rooms and more than 250 office spaces. Interviewed for the story were Terry Maness, D.B.A., dean of Hankamer School of Business, and MBA student Kevin Mitchell.

Building Products Plus Hires Seven Prison Entrepreneurship Program Graduates
University Chronicle: Building Products Plus, a Houston-based company, has found success in hiring employees through the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), which operates in more than 60 Texas prisons. Baylor researchers in 2013 conducted a study and found that PEP outperformed nine similar rehabilitation programs in achieving lower recidivism rates. Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business partners with PEP to help prisoners pursue certificates in entrepreneurship.

3 Ways To Ditch Hierarchy And Improve Company Performance
YFS Magazine: Per Bylund, Ph.D., research professor of entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, wrote this column addressing the pros and cons of ditching hierarchy and adopting a “horizontal” business structure. He offers three keys to making such a structure as productive as possible.

Successful New Ventures
Ted Waldron offers a three-part formula for a successful start-up: Don’t try to go head-to-head with the major player in a market segment, provide a complimentary offering that extends or supplements a major competitor’s position, and wait for fragmentation in the supply chain.

Baylor Regents Approve Doctorate, OK New Sports Center
The Baptist Standard: Second item on action taken recently by the Baylor Board of Regents, who voted to establish a new Ph.D. program in entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business and approved $1.1 million for the design and construction of the Simpson Strength and Performance Center in the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center.

Prison Entrepreneurs: From Shark Tank to Redemption
[5/18/2015] Column about the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP), a Houston-based nonprofit that turns incarcerated men into aspiring business owners. After these men successfully complete PEP’s three-month character development program, they move into PEP’s core program, a six-month business plan competition that leads to a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. In 2013, Baylor determined that PEP delivers a 340 percent return on investment for every dollar donated to the program.

Baylor Regents Approve Entrepreneurship Ph.D., $1.1 Million Athletic Weight Room Renovation
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business will add a new doctorate degree in entrepreneurship, aiming to capitalize on the limited number of advanced degree options in the growing study field. Quoted in the story is Terry Maness, D.B.A., business school dean. The Board also approved $1.1 million to design and construct the Simpson Strength and Performance Center in the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center.

TREP EXPO in Addison Gathers Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders to Strengthen Startup Community
Baylor entrepreneurship department partners with Addison Economic Development, Dallas Entrepreneur Center for May 14-15 event

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