Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:32pm
On February 9, 2011, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center's own Bill Aulet led an Entrepreneurial Marketing and Sales seminar with Kauffman Global Scholars in Kansas City, MO, as part of the 2011 Kauffman Global Scholars Program.
The workshop provided these Scholars with an opportunity to discuss fundamentals of entrepreneurship with an international perspective and engage in a robust, energetic dialogue. Bill reported enthusiastically that this group of aspiring entrepreneurs was the most advanced class yet, and their work in the seminar reminded him of the 10 Steps to Improve Entrepreneurship Education.
The seminar is one of many in the Scholars' five weeks of intensive training with visiting professors, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners from around the country. It is followed by three weeks of travel to Cambridge, MA, and Silicon Valley, CA, as well as an internship where their newly learned skills can be applied.
Wendy Torrance is the founding Director of the program, which began in 2007. She describes Bill's session with the Global Scholars as among one of their favorites over the years (and this year will be no exception!), due to Bill's experience and background, interesting case studies, and ability to engage participants on topics that might not come naturally to all of them.
The 2011 Global Scholars Program hosts Global Scholars and Global Faculty Visitors. The Global Scholars are students and recent graduates with business ideas related to their academic backgrounds. This year the group includes participants sponsored by Nanyang Technological University and the Dutch government. Participants from the Netherlands come from several regions and universities, including University of Technology Delft and Maastricht University. The Faculty Visitors are professors from abroad who are developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and courses at their home institutions. 2011's participants come from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Universitas Bakrie (Indonesia) and Universitas Ciputra (Indonesia).