To map and visualize the spread of alumni entrepreneurs from the The New School, and Parsons School of Design.
Entrepreneurship comes in different forms - especially from a design, arts, and social-progress oriented environment like The New School.
The research goal is to map the collective innovation from The New School consortium of schools and the total impact that our entrepreneurial alumni have had in local and global economies. Through using public data available on LinkedIn, self-identified by New School alumni, as well as public data available on Wikipedia, we hope to assess and map graduated entrepreneurs to survey the distribution of value from entrepreneurial initiatives on campus and beyond. We hope to publish this data to create awareness, use for our research development of the lab and to contextualize the work and impact of ELab and other initiatives like IEI around entrepreneurship at The New School, and leverage New School collaboration with the Data Visualization Program to potentially inform the historical value of entrepreneurial initiatives from the New School overtime. This data could also help the greater TNS community with collaboration from the Alumni Office, Career Services office and the office of the Institutional Research.
Entrepreneurial surveys have been done with monumental success in universities with business or engineering schools, but not in design or social science universities. We will take on this challenge and opportunity to create a comprehensive data mapping project to report, providing evidence of the impact that alumni entrepreneurs have had on economic growth and job creation, socially on our communities, creatively within the development of culture and intellectual property. Collectively, the study hopes to chart the innovative impact both in NYC and beyond of New School alumni, giving a picture of the schools “entrepreneurial genome.”