Young named Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship’s first faculty fellow

McGee Young, associate professor of political science at Marquette University, has been named the first Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow for 2012 under the university’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, according to an announcement Wednesday.

The new fellow program aims to help Marquette faculty succeed in an entrepreneurial venture, gear their research and classes toward entrepreneurship and reach out to students with their entrepreneurial experiences and lessons.
“McGee embodies our idea of entrepreneurship at Marquette by tackling a social issue through an entrepreneurial framework,” said Tina Quealy, associate director of the Kohler Center. “Through his work as the Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow, we hope to further inspire students, faculty members and Marquette alumni to create innovative solutions to social problems.”  
Young has focused much of his academic research on ways people create organizations to promote social and political change. In addition to publishing a book about the origins of small business and environmental organizations, titled Developing Interests: Organizational Change and the Politics of Advocacy, Young has spearheaded three nonprofit organizations. His latest undertaking is a for-profit organization called, [hyperlink:] which allows consumers to monitor their water usage online for both economic gain and conservation of the environment.
As a faculty fellow, Young will advise students about how to start a business, pinpoint customers, identify a value proposition and construct a workable business model.
“The Kohler Center has the potential to be a flagship incubator for new ventures in Wisconsin and a global leader in social entrepreneurship,” Young said. “It will be exciting to collaborate with colleagues from across the university and entrepreneurs from around the world to build the next generation of business leaders here.”

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