For Founders Looking to Crowdfund Their Startups, Not All Investors Are Created Equal
Forbes: According to research by Matthew Wood, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, startup business founders should be aware that not all “angel investors” are created equally. Wood, along with professors from the University of Oklahoma and Babson College, studied more than 1,000 screening decisions by venture capitalists to determine how the crowd backers of a startup influenced its later fundraises. The study found that the presence of a big name investor was a large influence on decision making.
The Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurship 2016
Entrepreneur: The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business is ranked fourth best in the country by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review. Thousands of entrepreneurship programs were surveyed, judged on criteria including the availability of internships and externships, the percentage of entrepreneurship students who developed an actionable plan to launch a business while at the school and the number of companies started by graduates over the last five and 10 years.
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.
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
Acton.org: 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.