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Universities Race to Nurture Start-Up Founders of the Future

December 29, 2015View for printing

Ten years ago, it may have sufficed to offer a few entrepreneurship courses, workshops and clubs. But undergraduates, driven by a sullen job market and inspired by billion-dollar success narratives from Silicon Valley, now expect universities to teach them how to convert their ideas into business or nonprofit ventures.

As a result, colleges -- and elite institutions in particular -- have become engaged in an innovation arms race. Harvard opened an Innovation Lab in 2011 that has helped start more than 75 companies. Last year, New York University founded a campus entrepreneurs' lab, and this year Northwestern University opened a student start-up center, the Garage.

By NATASHA SINGER

Full Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/te ... m-well&_r=0
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