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Candice, your experience to an extent is similar to what I saw in my business program, although I have to say after reading your post, I realize how on top of things our program was. We had a mentor program that connected us to individuals in the Dallas area. Now, that was not specifically for funding even though many of the mentors had extremely successful companies. For me I was coming into the program with a great deal of experience and contacts and colleagues already which it sounds like you were as well. I really wanted and needed something more advanced. At times that was overlooked by students who were just getting a taste of entrepreneurship.
And being in Dallas, we had the heads of the angel networks and top VC firms actually come in for pitches and actively consider investing in our businesses. One of my professors headed up the investment network for another university’s college program. Granted these are top 5 and 10 ranked programs. Even still, I would have liked to see more specificity and involvement, proactive elements.
When I went in to teach entrepreneurship for a college, I asked the chair of the department, “What do your students want to do?” His response was, “I don’t know we have 2,000 students.” Easy answer right? I suggested an interactive program to track student progress and, to your point, alumni progress, and facilitate. The problem is some of these business faculty take a hands off approach of “Well if you are an entrepreneur you will figure it out.” It is lazy and the antithesis of what I see with true entrepreneurs who are constantly trying to connect the dots for self and others. My students complained of this, and I set up my own internship program where I sought to connect all of my students to individual’s in their field which I did.
In some regards that is what a FoundersDating fills the void of, or a linked in. But face to face can be so much more productive, and most colleges fail to seize the day with this.