In the past, those who wanted to become entrepreneurs had to do it all by themselves, without mentors or schools to teach them. Today, they can go to schools for entrepreneurs- and the good news is that teachers there are either successful businessmen or experienced investors.
Below are seven local colleges and universities that offer business and entrepreneurial programs for students who want to hone their skills before building their own expertise:
1. DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
De La Salle University’s Business Management Department believes that the peoples’ entrepreneurial spirit “is the backbone of any economy.”
So in 1983, DLSU-Taft started offering the Bachelor of Science in Commerce with specialization in Entrepreneurship -23 years before the Commission on Higher Education mandated it’s offering in 2005.
It also opened the Master in Science in Entrepreneurship program aims to develop entrepreneurs, who are “motivated and knowledgeable in identifying opportunities, preparing business plans and actually starting and managing a business with global perspective and a Filipino heart.”
Students are required to set up and operate an actual company for at least one year before graduating. An Entrepreneurship Student who belongs to the College of Business and Economics pays an average tuition of P2, 080 per unit on trimestral basis.
The school boasts of a balanced roster of academicians, practitioners and entrepreneurs on its faculty, and graduates such as Tony Tiu, founder of AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI), who was nominated in the Ernst and Young Search for the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“More than the technical competence that our entrepreneurship curriculum provides, we ensure that we attain our vision of an ideal Lassalian entrepreneurship graduate in both the undergraduate and masteral levels as an individual who understands and appreciates his or her competencies and interest, as well as recognizes opportunities for viable business ventures and enterprises,” stresses La Salle’s Business Management Department Chair Emie Sarreal.
What makes DLSU’s program different: seeks to develop entrepreneurs “with global perspective and a Filipino heart.”
2. ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY
Finding innovative ways of solving social problems is clearly defined in the core vision and mission of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). It’s why in January 2007, the Jesuit University began offering social entrepreneurship classes and programs, where students can earn a certificate program for a period of four months for a tuition of approximately P17, 000.
“We offer not only training in terms of setting up or running a business but, more importantly, establishing enterprise with a social purpose,” says Harvey Keh, Ateneo School of Government director for youth leadership and social entrepreneurship.
For three years, around 30 percent of its graduates have already gone into full-time entrepreneurship, says Keh, among them the founders of Rags2Riches and Fundacion Pacita, an eco-tourism social enterprise based in province of Batanes. They cite their mentors from the Ateneo’s experienced faculty including Keh, Atty. Arnel Casanova, Dr. Antonio La Vina and Prof. Lisa Dacanay.
“We are the only one in the country that teaches entrepreneurship in a different way such that the main purpose is not just to earn money, but more importantly, to help in nation-building and solving social problems,” Keh says. “Hence, those who might want to take up entrepreneurship courses should enroll now in our school.”
What makes ADMU’s program different: Seeks to establish businesses “with a social purpose.”
3. ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
Like their bigger counterparts, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs also need to achieve higher professionalism, business growth and social relevance. To fill that void, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), through the Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), began offering Entrepreneurship courses in 1996.
Later on, the Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (EXCELL) continued what ACE started. It then opened the Master in Entrepreneurship (ME) course in July 1999 and, more recently, the Entrepreneurial MBA (EMBA) through a combination of ‘blended learning” and face-to-face sessions.
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, AIM’s Entrepreneurial degree programs “are specifically designed to create superior growth, profit and stability for firms; enable participants to lead their organization through the complexity that comes with growth; and help them develop new vision, values and skills to realize their own and their firms’ full potential,” according to the school’s mission.
To date, the Makati-based institution has already produced over 37,000 alumni from more than 70 countries since its inception came from the ME and EXCELL programs in 2008.
Former Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Jollibee Foods Corp. president and chief executive Tony Tan Caktiong and SMART Communications Inc. and PLDT president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno are among its successful alumni.
“These are just few of the famous names in the business community listed in our prestigious and active international alumni community. Thanks to our sincere provision of a broad strategic management education that can tear down obstacles to business growth and longevity,” says Mae Poblador, marketing associate of AIM-EXCELL.
What makes AIM different: “Broad strategic management education that can tear down obstacles to business growth and longevity.”