From Boston to Rwanda
Oct 28, 2011
Babson College has a wide range of events that it is hosting to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. In addition, through the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, it is the lead country organizer for all events in Rwanda – marking the first time that Rwanda has participated in GEW.
The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship serves as the hub of entrepreneurship-related activity at Babson and is the lead organizer for GEW activities. The key on-campus event to celebrate GEW is the annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, which will be held from November 11 to November 13. The Babson Entrepreneurship Forum includes a wide range of activities such as high-profile speakers openly sharing their expertise on a variety of topics, panels and workshops led by entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries, rocket pitch and business plan competitions with at least $70,000 in awards, and a Global Expo with an exhibition of businesses from around the world. Featured speakers will include:
- Noah Alper, Noah Alper Consulting
- Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
- Charlie Baker, General Catalyst Partners
- Dev Patnaik, Jump Associates LLC
- Geoff Vuleta, Fahrenheit 212
- Ankur Jain, Kairos Society
- Mark Albion, Net Impact
- Daymond John, fubu, sharktank
- Rick Aubry, New Foundry Ventures, Tulane University
- David Gergen, CNN Analyst, Kennedy School of Government
In addition to the Babson Entrepreneurship Forum, the wide range of other activities that Babson will host or be involved with during GEW includes:
- Babson Venture Accelerator Workshop on Entrepreneurship Trends. (November 15)
- Conversation sponsored by the Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and the Cutler Center for Investments and Finance on “Raising Capital in a Global Economy.” (November 16)
- Immigrant Entrepreneurship Forum on “The Role of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Strengthening the U.S. Economy,” co-hosted with the Immigrant Learning Center. (November 17)
- Babson faculty speaking at the Barbados Entrepreneurship Summit 2011. (November 17-18)
- The Babson Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Asia Pacific Summit, Sun Yat-Sen University, Taipei, Taiwan. (November 17-19)
- Babson Professor of Entrepreneurship Patti Greene delivering a keynote address at the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit in Washington, DC. (November 18).
The Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center has worked with a number of businesses, government agencies and organizations in Rwanda to create a rich set of innovative events for the country’s first Global Entrepreneurship Week. These include:
- Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign. (November 11-18)
- Micro Enterprise Training workshop. (November 14)
- A seminar on “REAL Entrepreneurial Mindset: GEW Special,” hosted by Educat. (November 14)
- A two-day workshop on “The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship.” (November 15)
- A Financial Literacy Fair. (November 16)
- The BDF Speed Networking Night. (November 16)
- A special reception hosted by Akilah entitled, “Akilah Night 2011: Our Impact on Education and Workforce.” (November 17)
- A Peace Through Business™ Alumnae Association Launch. (November 18)
Rwanda is a country that has used the power of entrepreneurship to heal from the deep wounds caused by the Genocide. Global Entrepreneurship Week provides a unique opportunity for the country to share with the rest of the world just how powerful entrepreneurship can be in effecting economic and social change. Babson College is proud to be playing such a key role in bringing this message to the world.
The post above was originally posted on the Global Business School Network site.