Institute for Entrepreneurship To Join DECA's National Advisory Board: The IfE, a Pioneer in Introducing Stand-Alone Entrepreneurship Education to Universities and Colleges, Will Provide Advice and Support to the Association

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The Institute for Entrepreneurship (, an organization that facilitates the development of successful entrepreneurs through education, announced today that it has been invited to join the National Advisory Board of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an international student organization that prepares its approximately 200,000 high school and college members for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

DECA has been ably fulfilling its mission for more than half a century

    "DECA has been ably fulfilling its mission for more than half a century," said Peter J. Burns, III, the founder of the IfE. "We're honored that DECA recognized that we can help introduce new educational opportunities to the membership."

DECA's Executive Director, Ed Davis viewed the IfE as a unique organization that can retool how entrepreneurship is taught.

"Having the IfE join our National Advisory Board reaffirms our commitment to our membership to work with organizations that are having a dynamic impact on the entrepreneurial landscape," said Davis. "The IfE wants the study of entrepreneurship to stand on its own as an important educational discipline. We look forward to working with the IfE in support of this goal."

Last year, the IfE licensed the country's first of College of Entrepreneurship to Grand Canyon University ( in Phoenix, Arizona, with plans to announce many more university and college partners in the coming months.

About the Institute for Entrepreneurship

The Institute for Entrepreneurship helps bridge the gap between a great business idea and successfully operating in the business world. The founders of the Institute are revolutionizing entrepreneurial education, wedded to the belief that every person on the planet is a budding entrepreneur. The Institute also believes that it is up to existing entrepreneurs to facilitate the transformation of the next generation of emerging entrepreneurs. While there are some schools that purport to teach students some of the skills needed to start a business, little or no help is offered to assist the student in actually starting a real business upon graduation. Most business schools instruct students in theory and prepare graduates for on-the-job-training at existing companies. Our founders knew that what is needed is a program that prepares students to be entrepreneurs and start their own businesses upon graduation.

About DECA

DECA is a 501-(C) (3) not-for-profit, student organization preparing its membership for careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. DECA operates in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and Germany. The United States Department of Education and the states, district and provincial departments of education charter DECA's program of activities. You can find out more about DECA by visiting their web site at

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