Overview and History
“Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.” -Peter Drucker
The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship (CFAE) is located within the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. The CFAE provides MBA students, alumni and business owners of growth companies with a variety of practical experiences, both in and out of the classroom, that promote successful entrepreneurship and family enterprise. The CFAE’s primary area of focus is traditional entrepreneurship, with emerging areas of focus in social entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise, and family enterprise and private wealth. The Rollins MBA Entrepreneurship program has historically been ranked in the top 25 nationally by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.
The CFAE ensures that Rollins MBA students are prepared for entrepreneurial thought and action, able to apply what they’ve learn in a business setting and engage in the critical, creative thinking essential to entrepreneurial success. The CFAE Equation for Success is Advanced Students + Advanced Entrepreneurs = Advanced Action Learning.
Vision: To be a catalyst and thought leader in the acceleration of successful entrepreneurship.
Mission: To educate and connect students and entrepreneurs for advanced entrepreneurial thought and action.
- Fall 2003: The Center for Entrepreneurship is established.
- Spring 2004: The Rollins chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is formed.
- March 2004: The Crummer faculty is presented with a proposal to create the first new concentration in more than a decade: Entrepreneurship.
- Fall 2004: Entrepreneurship becomes an official concentration offered at the Crummer.
- Fall 2008: Entrepreneurship program is ranked 24th in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.
- Summer 2009: The Center’s name was changed to Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship to better reflect its strategic focus.
- Fall 2009: Entrepreneurship program ranked first in Florida and 22nd in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.
- Fall 2009: The Rollins chapter of Net Impact is formed.
- Fall 2010: The Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESi) is launched and holds its inaugural SESi Speaker Series program.
- Spring 2012: The Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative becomes its own campus wide center of excellence.
- Fall 2012: Rollins College is designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global leader in social entrepreneurship.
- Summer 2013: Dr. Pete McAlindon is named as the Crummer Graduate School of Business’ 1st full-time Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
- Fall 2013: The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship celebrates its 10th anniversary.