International Entrepreneurship was founded in 2001 by Jim Beach and Chris Hanks
Between them, Jim Beach and Chris Hanks have taught thousands of people how to become entrepreneurs. And more importantly, their success rate has been second to none as many, many of their students have successfully started their own firms.
Both Chris and Jim have been long time, successful, serial entrepreneurs. Chris started his first business by necessity, hawking T-shirts during college and operating a delivery service for local florists. He funded his college with his entrepreneurial earnings. After a stint in the corporate world as a risk management consultant, he again returned to entrepreneurship by starting a CD store. He quickly followed that success by a rapid-fire series of ventures in e-commerce, exporting, and publishing, all of which he still owns today.
Jim started his first company when he was 26 years old. He was the Co-founder and CEO of American Computer Experience of Atlanta. He grew the company with no capital infusion to $12 million in annual revenue in 1999 and to over 60 permanent and 700 temporary employees, operating in 39 states and in three countries. The company became the world’s largest technology training company for children, and enjoyed corporate tie-ins with Microsoft, Intel, Lego, NASA, and many others. In 1999, Jim closed two rounds of venture funding, one for $2.4 million and another for $6.4 million. The Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized the company was one for the fastest growing companies in Georgia for both 1999 and 2000. In 2001, Jim was selected as one of the “Forty under Forty” most influential citizens by Georgia Trend magazine (on the left).
Chris and Jim turned toward education in 2003 and 2001, respectively. They started teaching entrepreneurship at Georgia State University, Chris specializing in Family Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Valuation, and Start-ups and with Jim specializing in Importing/ Exporting, Google skills, and International Entrepreneurship. They quickly became two of the most popular teachers on campus, teaching undergraduates, graduates, and executive classes.
Together, they quadrupled enrollment in the program, added regional outreach, and became nationally (engagements in over 25 states and with corporate clients such as UPS) and internationally (engagements in Japan, South Korea, Dubai, Egypt, and India – see Jim on the right) known speakers on entrepreneurship. In 2008, Chris became director of the entrepreneurship program at the University of Georgia, immediately gaining recognition with several victories of his Business Plan Competition Team. And in 2009, Jim started teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Most importantly, Jim and Chris share a philosophy about successful entrepreneurship. They both believe in low risk start ups, using bootstrapping to start, and thereby reducing risk. This philosophy sets The Entrepreneur School apart from all other sources of startup education. Other sources will teach some of their curriculum (but not all!), but only The Entrepreneur School has this unified set of beliefs that will reduce your risk, increase your chances of success, and set you up to fulfill your goals.