• Rennert Entrepreneurial Institute
  • The Rennert Entrepreneurial Institute (REI) is one of the core programs offered to students at Sy Syms School of Business. For the past 12 years, the entrepreneurship institute has been a cornerstone dedicated to undergraduate education and development programs.


    The Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute

    REI Mission Statement:
    The primary purpose for the Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute is to 1) be a gateway to the "real world" of entrepreneurial business for countless undergraduate students at the Sy Syms School of Business; 2) supplement traditional classroom teaching, by providing a variety of practical experiences, including seminars, workshops, coaching, mentoring programs, internships, consulting engagements within and outside of the classroom setting.

    Ira Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute--Goals
    1) Enable students develop entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, experience that will prepare them for life-long success;
    2) To provide our students with State-Of-The-Art learning, knowledge and experiences needed to develop and grow their own businesses;
    3) To facilitate and encourage student interaction with dedicated, experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs, and Entrepreneurs in Residence
    4) To provide our students with real-world, practical experience and opportunities to learn from highly successful entrepreneurs;
    5) To sponsor and facilitate the development, incubation and growth of student and family–run businesses
    6) To offer best-practice-based continuing entrepreneurship education and professional development programs and seminars
    7) To assist and support the growth of business and local and Jewish community, emphasizing small business and start-up opportunities consultation, training, and community services/outreach
    8) To provide our students with access to entrepreneurship organizations, contacts, services networks within and outside of the Jewish/Orthodox community
    9) To provide faculty support and funding for scholarship, research and community service
    10) To provide our students with opportunities to work with other students to build and develop successful business
    REI-Sponsored Curriculum and Courses:  

    REI has helped to produce a strong cadre of high potential business leaders who will prove to be an asset to the Jewish Community. Currently, the Syms School of Business offers a management course concentration in entrepreneurship and a total of, 12, 3-credit entrepreneurship courses:
    1. Principles of Entrepreneurship
    2. Entrepreneurial Marketing
    3. Managing a Growth Business
    4. New Venture Management
    5. Business and Marketing Strategy—Capstone Course
    6. Turnaround Business Strategy
    7. Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
    8. Franchising, Licensing and Distributorships,
    9. Family Business Management
    10. The Ira Kukin Contemporary Business Issues Seminar (CEO Lecture Series)
    11. EMBA Fundament of Entrepreneurship
    12. Entrepreneurship and Innovation (seminar)

    Curriculum and Course Development 2012-2014:
    The Syms School of Business is in the process of creating a Major Concentration in Entrepreneurship—as part of this effort, we plan to introduce between six (6) and ten (10) new or restructured 3-credit entrepreneurship electives and related courses into the management curriculum within the next two years.
    1. International Trade and Entrepreneurship (elective)
    2. Venture Capital Financing and Private Equity Investment
    3. Not-For-Profit Management (Certificate Program)
    4. Social Entrepreneurship
    5. Business Planning (in process) Currently a Directed Study Course
    6. Legal Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property (elective)
    7. Emerging Enterprise Consultation (Intrapreneurship, Startups, and High growth businesses)
    8. Growth Strategies For Small and Emerging Businesses
    9. Managing Business Transitions—Harvesting, Divesting, Diversification, Restructuring and Reinvention
    10. Honors Program in Entrepreneurship

    Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute--Continuing Education Certificate Programs:
    REI works closely with the SYMS Center for Executive and Professional Education CEPE to develop and offer post-graduate Executive and Professional Entrepreneurship Education seminars. The Center for Executive and Professional Education was established to provide best-in-class post graduate education and professional development that meets the changing needs of the community and to establish YU-SSB as a “quality brand” in graduate professional and executive management education:
    Seminar #1-Entrepreneurship Skills and Strategies Seminar #2-Growing and Harvesting Entrepreneurial Ventures Seminar #3 - Understanding and Managing the Family Business Life Cycle Seminar #4- Success Strategies for Family Businesses Seminar#5 Social Entrepreneurship for Enterprising Not-For-Profit Organizations


    The Sy Syms School of Business School Programs offers the following Entrepreneurship Institute programs and proprietary tools:
    1) The Annual Dr. William Schwartz Student Business Plan Competition;
    2) YU Fast-Pitch Competition

    Fast-Pitch Invitation Fast-Pitch Application
    3) The Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program;
    4) The Doris and Dr. Ira Kukin CEO Lecture Series;
    5) SSB Entrepreneurship Society
    6) SYMS LEADERS IN MANAGEMENT CLUB
    7) The Avraham Naymark Scholarship Program
    8) Israel Economic Mission (IEMNA) Internship Program:
    9) USIBC and Israel & Co. Partnerships
    10) Guest CEO Lectures and Events at both the Wilf and Beren Campuses;
    11) Start-up and Business Incubation program; (in process)
    12) EMBA Foundations of Entrepreneurship
    13) Entrepreneurship Sales Simulations
    14) Entrepreneurship Strategy_-Start-Up Video Case
    15) New Venture Start-Up Tool Kit and Business Plan Evaluation
    16) Franchise Evaluation
    17) Family and Small Business Auditing Process
    18) Managing New Business Growth and Transition Process


    For more information contact: Michael Strauss, Associate Dean Sy Syms School of Business, Clinical Professor of Management, Entrepreneur in Residence, Assistant to the Provost, Director of the Ira Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute at mstraus1@yu.edu, or at 212-960-0844. 


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  • Contact Us

    For more information about REI, please contact:

    Dean Michael Strauss
    Associate Dean Sy Syms School of Business, Clinical Professor of Management, Entrepreneur in Residence, Assistant to the Provost, Director of the Ira Rennert Entrepreneurship Institute at mstraus1@yu.edu, or at 212-960-0844. 

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