Spring 2009 MBA Course

B9777-003: Entrepreneurial Greenhouse (Master Class)

M - Full Term, 02:15PM to 05:30PM

Location: URI 332

Instructor: Brendan Burns; Clifford Schorer

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The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program helps students to prepare their businesses for investment by providing funding for prelaunch expenses, access to experts in key fields and opportunities to present business concepts to professional investors. In its inaugural year, more than half of the ventures incubated in the Greenhouse were launched by graduation.

During their participation in the program, students consult with seed funders to refine their presentations. Sponsors — which include venture capital firms, Internet incubators, law firms, technology providers and accounting and consulting firms — provide financial support, pro bono services and advice.

The Greenhouse provides seed funders with the opportunity to invest in student projects and also helps many students prepare for application to the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund.

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    A highly selective screening process determines entrance into this program. To apply, students submit a complete business plan and make a formal presentation to the Greenhouse Selection Committee in December.



Brendan Burns

Adjunct Associate Professor

Brendan Burns has spent over 20 years at leading information technology, graphic arts, financial institutions including 1000|Museums, Moody's Investors Service, Salomon Brothers, and AdOne, an Internet software pioneer.

Currently Burns is the CEO of 1000|Museums, a venture-backed ecommerce and art licensing pioneer. 1000|Museums has built a large and growing global network of fine art museums such as the Guggenheim (NYC), the Van Gogh...

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Clifford Schorer

Director, Entrepreneur in ResidenceProfessor Schorer is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in the start-up acquisition and development of small and mid-sized companies. He focuses on businesses with unique ideas or technologies that are in need of guidance during their initial growth phases. Cliff has been involved with companies in the high tech arena, his last position being CEO of GeoVideo Networks, a Lucent Technologies Venture. Prior to that...

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