Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship names first Faculty Fellow


September 05, 2012

Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship has named McGee Young, associate professor of political science, its first Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow for 2012.

The newly created Entrepreneur Faculty Fellow Program is designed to provide Marquette faculty with the opportunity to purse an entrepreneurial enterprise, focus their research and teaching on entrepreneurship, and share their experiences with students across campus in support of the goals of the Kohler Center.

In his academic research, Young studies the ways in which individuals form organizations to promote social and political change. In 2010, he published Developing Interests: Organizational Change and the Politics of Advocacy, a book that explored the origins of small business and environmental organizations. As an entrepreneur, Young has founded three nonprofit organizations and most recently the for-profit venture, an online dashboard where consumers can track their water usage to save money and the environment.

“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.”

In his new role, Young will draw on his own entrepreneurial expertise to advise students on how to create their own businesses, find customers quickly, identify a value proposition and systematically build toward a sustainable business model.

“With H2Oscore, we showed that faculty and students could collaborate on a new venture that tackled one of the preeminent challenges of our time,” Young said. “The Kohler Center has the potential to be a flagship incubator for new ventures in Wisconsin and a global leader in social entrepreneurship. 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.”

Tina Quealy and Dr. Young also appeared recently on WUWM's "Lake Effect" discussing his new role.