In a joint effort to promote and encourage entrepreneurship, Montgomery College and Sam Houston State University have created an Entrepreneurship Institute.
Tom Butler, president of Montgomery College, and James Gaertner, president of Sam Houston State University, signed the joint agreement that will create the Institute this week.
It is thought to be the first such partnership between a community college and university in the state of Texas.
“Our mission is, first and foremost, to increase the level of entrepreneurship in our region,” said Butler. “By partnering with SHSU, we will be able to offer a wide variety of components to the institute, including both formal and informal learning opportunities, training, mentoring, networking and much more.”
The Institute will include an entrepreneurship club at Montgomery
College and, soon to follow, a similar club at SHSU. Plans include the development of ‘virtual’ club meetings available on both MC and SHSU Web sites. Additionally, the institute will include training and professional development opportunities, speaking engagements and other services.
“The institute serves to connect the college and university in a cooperative effort designed to promote innovation, develop new entrepreneurs, while providing an economic stimulus for our community,” said James F. Zipperer, executive director of the institute and professor of economics at MC. “It will work closely in conjunction with the college’s continuing education and workforce education areas.”
Charles R. B. (Chuck) Stowe is a full professor specializing in entrepreneurship at SHSU in the department of general business and finance in the College of Business Administration, and will serve as the institute’s director. Stowe’s doctorate involved research in international finance and entrepreneurship. He also has 15 years experience as a venture capitalist before coming to SHSU, where he initiated courses in entrepreneurship and a minor in entrepreneurship that is open to all majors.
Stowe is also assisting MC in getting its student organization started.