When recent SMU graduate Edward Allegra ’16 started college, he dreamed of becoming a physician. His plans changed during an SMU Entrepreneurship Club meeting, where he heard about on-campus research for an asthma-screening device. Allegra connected with fellow SMU students Miguel Quimbar and Jack Reynolds to create a business plan for the development of an innovative smartphone-based medical device that would revolutionize how asthma is diagnosed and treated. Their biotech company BioLum Sciences competed successfully in a local business pitch competition. With feedback from investors, the team won other competitions, including the Dallas qualifying round for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and secured funding to begin prototyping their product and successfully launch a pioneering company.
SMU ranked among the top 20 in the Forbes 2015 list of America's most entrepreneurial universities
of of May 2015 Cox School of Business graduates were off the job market within three months of graduation at a starting salary of over $60,000 per year