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What are Gazelles?

 What are “gazelles”?

“Gazelles” were identified by M.I.T. small business researcher David Birch as a those high-growth firms that generate most of the new jobs in an economy. George Mason professor Zoltan Acs has argued that “gazelles” must double their revenues every four years to qualify, and have at least 20 employees. Saras Sarasvathy at U.V.A. found that expert entrepreneurs were those who had a minimum of ten years of startup experience and have participated in taking at least one company public.

UB's Entrepreneurship Gazelles will combine the features identified by Birch, Acs, and Sarasvathy. The Ratcliffe Fellows in the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program are building rapidly growing companies that generate lots of new jobs. Think the best of the Inc. 500 — that is a UB Entrepreneurship Gazelle.