Last Updated May 9, 2011 5:59 PM EDT
At Harvard Business School, students are showing an increasing interest in starting their own companies, although it's too soon to say whether this trend is at the expense of Wall Street.
"The level of entrepreneurship activity here, and I presume at other schools, is up dramatically over the last two years," professor William Sahlman tells The New York Times.
Graduates from the class of 2010 started 30 to 40 businesses last year, a 50 percent increase from the previous year, Sahlman said.
This would certainly mark a sea change at Harvard and many other business schools, where students have preferred jobs in the fields of investment banking and consulting.
Even Harvard University itself has been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug. Working with HBS, Harvard is building a $20 million innovation lab, opening in the fall, where some of the university's brightest minds can gather to research and pursue new business opportunities.
In addition to hosting courses and seminars, the "iLab" will offer students shared space to work on their ventures, provide them access to Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and support by faculty and administrators.
It's worth noting that two of the university's most famous entrepreneurs, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out of school to pursue their business aspirations. Maybe iLab would have kept them in school -- or at least in Boston.
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