Women Entrepreneurs on College Visits – 10 Questions to Ask

Anne Giles Clelland

While I am president of one of the 10.4 million women-owned businesses in the United States, my university degrees are in fields other than business.  If I were entering college now, I would consider applying as a business major. 

I would be open to attending local universities with colleges of business or top colleges for entrepreneursQuestions aspiring women entrepreneurs can ask on college visits As an aspiring female entrepreneur, it would be answers to these questions that would determine my choice.

  1. With a major in business, do you offer a minor or concentration in entrepreneurship?
  2. If so, what is the purpose of your entrepreneurship program? Do you expect graduates in entrepreneurship to start their own companies or serve entrepreneurially in existing corporations?
  3. Do you differentiate between entrepreneurship and business ownership, i.e. between enterprises and lifestyle businesses?
  4. How many faculty members in your college of business specialize in entrepreneurship? Is one or more of them a woman?
  5. Do you offer a business plan or business concept competition? If so, is it yearly, how many enter, and does the prize include start-up funds and access to angel investors or venture capitalists?
  6. Is there a mentoring and support network specifically for women entrepreneurs in the local community that welcomes student membership?
  7. Do you have a Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization or similar group on your campus? How many members does it have, how many are female, how active is it, and may I meet the advisor?
  8. If you could recommend one book to entrepreneurs, so passionate about their ideas that they claim there’s no time for readhttp://www.c-e-o.org/ing, what one book would you insist they read and why?
  9. Research is vast on why entrepreneurs succeed and why they fail. Does this program glorify entrepreneurs or will I be asked the hard questions about my ideas and about my personal suitability for entrepreneurship?
  10. Entrepreneurs are known for frustrating their business partners, mentors, investors, family members, friends and, yes, their professors. When I frustrate you – and it will happen – how will you handle it?  Will you help me grow as a person and entrepreneur in spite of myself?

Anne Giles Clelland, M.A., M.S. is the president of Handshake Media, Incorporated and the founder of Handshake 2.0.


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