We know, scientifically, that entrepreneurs think, act and learn differently than the majority of people. So, why are they taught the same way throughout higher education? Our story begins with our founder — Matthew Kenney — asking this question. As an MBA student, he recognized there was a disconnect between how business schools teach students and how practicing entrepreneurs learn.
While traditional MBA programs offer great value to their students, instruction is tilted towards those on corporate career paths. This is both logical and practical, since the vast majority of MBA students are not self-employed. When entrepreneurship is explored in graduate school the focus is often on start-ups that attract venture capital. While this is important, of course, only about 2% of businesses receive funding from professional investors.
As both a business owner and graduate student, our founder believed there was space in the market for a college focused on the needs of small business owners. His next step was to prove it. After completing graduate school, and entering academia as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and instructor, he earned a doctorate in business administration. His goal: Applying the knowledge gained to achieve his goal of building a well-respected college.
Upon completing his doctorate in 2008, Dr. Kenney began the process of launching Kenney College. Our license to award the Master of Business Administration degree was granted by the Florida Department of Education in 2010, and we enrolled our first MBA student in 2011. Today, Kenney College is — quietly but unmistakably — building a reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and community service.
Within our innovative MBA program, students apply what they’ve learned in their careers and businesses. Individualized instruction is tailored to each student’s frame-of-reference, which is both unique and effective. While many colleges are raising tuition rates, each MBA student in our most recent graduating class received 100% tuition scholarships as part of our commitment to social entrepreneurship.
Business owners who subscribe to our non-credit resources gain access to career-focused knowledge, which eliminates the need for expensive courses and consultants. We believe access to education is not a privilege, rather a fundamental human right. Therefore, we offer this valuable resource to fellow entrepreneurs as an affordable investment.
Our premise is simple: As people grow, companies grow. Our story is just beginning, and we would love to have you be a part of it. If interested in earning your MBA or accessing our non-credit resources for the self-employed…please contact us.