Inc. magazine features Willamette MBA course as one of the best in the country

The Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management's angel investing course has been named one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine.

The MBA course, taught by Rob Wiltbank, associate professor of strategic management, places students in real-world angel investing groups to evaluate opportunities from early-stage companies that are seeking investments.

Back in the classroom, the students share the best opportunities and use specific criteria to determine which new companies are worth an investment. They invest using real money from the Willamette Angel Fund, which was created through donations from alumni and other supporters.

The unique program — the only one of its kind in the nation — gives students insight into entrepreneurship from both sides of the table, Wiltbank says. (Read more about it in our recent feature article.)

Inc. magazine's feature showcases "innovative classes that emphasize experience over study," courses that throw out the past assertion that "you can't teach entrepreneurship." The article says these classes are "distinguished by their excellence (most have won awards or been adopted by other schools), their innovation and their ambition."

Read the full article on the Inc. magazine website.