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

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; and 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)

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
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