Since 2005, the Coleman Foundation has generously
supported student entrepreneurship at Finlandia through its
Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges program.
A competitively awarded grant of $150,000, disbursed over
three academic years from 2005 to 2008, was a significant
resource in establishing the ISAD degree programs, which
focus on the “Finnish Model” of design education where
design and business education collaborate in a crossdisciplinary
curriculum with a focus on entrepreneurship.
The Coleman Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit, private,
independent foundation established in 1951. One of its major
areas of grant making is education, with an emphasis on
entrepreneurship. The Coleman Foundation’s national
Entrepreneurship Excellence in Teaching Colleges program
recognizes and supports entrepreneurship education in colleges
and universities with 4,500 students or fewer. The competitively
awarded grants are awarded to schools with existing
entrepreneurship programs that have plans for program expansion,
cross-campus outreach, and/or community involvement. Visit the
foundation’s website at www.colemanfoundation.org.