DelVal Entrepreneurship program partners with Dublin TEC Center

May 16, 2011

Delaware Valley College is developing a new alliance with the Dublin Technology Enterprise Center, where the college will begin running M.B.A. courses May 23.  DelVal also will be exploring opportunities for student consulting and internships with small business partners.

“We’re very excited about this alliance with The Dublin TEC Center. It represents another example of the continued growth of the DelVal M.B.A. program,” said Tom Kennedy, director of the M.B.A. program at Delaware Valley College. “The alliance ties in with our new entrepreneurship specialization. I’m excited about this opportunity because we believe that entrepreneurship could contribute to the resurgence of the American economy.”

The Dublin TEC Center was established 15 years ago to help businesses get started and grow. The center has been home to more than 100 companies, housing about 25 at any given time. Some of the companies are small businesses that plan to stay small while others have goals of reaching $100 million or more in revenue.

Kennedy  said the new alliance is one more step forward for the college’s strategic plan and move towards university status. He  said strengthening and expanding graduate programs is a key part of this plan.

At 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, The Dublin TEC Center will host a 15th anniversary celebration where Kennedy will announce the alliance.

State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney is expected to attend the event where he will be honored with an entrepreneurship award.

The first phase of the launch includes an entrepreneurship class at the center that begins May 23.

“Not only are we teaching classes there, but there are opportunities for internships and opportunities for our M.B.A. students to be helpful to small businesses,” said Kennedy.

He said DelVal M.B.A. students may be able to help small businesses grow by providing consulting services.

Kennedy  said he is excited about the diversity of the tenants in the center and the opportunities for DelVal students to learn about different types of businesses. DelVal is especially interested in developing relationships with the alternative energy companies housed in the Dublin TEC Center.

Current tenants in The Dublin TEC Center include companies such as: Alternative Energy Polymers, LLC, OmniWind Energy Systems, Mystic Silk Screen Printing, Keystone Preservation, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Susan Hanson (a licensed social worker and therapist), Wells Fargo Equipment Finance and much more.