Why we chose it: Harvard's entrepreneurship center embraces HBS's highly-regarded case study method. The future business elite who come to the banks of the Charles are exposed to the current elite; recent guest lecturers have included such uber-entrepreneurs as Oprah Winfrey and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. As students consider how they might tackle the issues, they learn to think like high-level entrepreneurs. "Harvard has established entrepreneurship as a legitimate field of both academic and practical interest," says Alfred Osborne, founder and faculty director at the UCLA Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. "It has a rich curriculum and faculty to boot." World class faculty win rave reviews from students, including senior lecturer Mike Roberts, who has done a formidable job of turning the school's business plan competition into a veritable start-up machine, with a history of attracting high-caliber female entrepreneurs.
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Notable entrepreneurial alumni:
Tom Stemberg, Founder, Staples, Graduated 1973