Posts Tagged ‘International Entrepreneurship’

Steve Mariotti on NFTE Europe

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti writes about his Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s programs in Europe. “Youth unemployment,” he says, “Is one of the biggest problems in the world. Its impact is particularly evident in Europe, where in November youth unemployment rates hit 23.7 percent in the European Union, and a whopping 57.6 percent in Greece and 56.5 percent in Spain. I believe youth entrepreneurship education can bring these horrible unemployment rates down.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post.

Related: our in-depth interview with Steve Mariotti.

Interview with William and Wilson Ling

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

William and Wilson Ling are shareholders and board members of Petropar S.A., one of the major producers of aluminum beverage cans and plastic closures in Brazil, and the world’s second largest supplier of lightweight spunmelt nonwovens fabrics for disposable hygiene applications.

Kaizen: To start with your background and how Petropar began. You were born in Brazil?

Wilson: All four Ling siblings are Brazilian—Winston (born 1955), William (1957), Rosa (1959), and Wilson (1961).

Kaizen: Your parents immigrated from China in the 1950s?

William: Our father, Sheun Ming Ling, was born in Beijing in 1921 and was raised in Wenzhou. He left China in 1948, in the wake of the communist revolution, first to Taiwan. In early 1950 he went to Hong Kong where he met Lydia Wong who was born in 1928, in Shanghai.

Our father wasn’t educated in a formal school; he was homeschooled. It was usual at that time for families to do homeschooling. So basically his education was at home with private tutors.

He lost his father when he was young—at age 12. So he stopped studying and started working as an apprentice. He joined the China Vegetable Oil Company (CVOC), which was a large entity with state and private ownership that had a virtual monopoly in the vegetable oil industry. It was there where he acquired all his experience in this industry. But he always worked as an accountant or as an auditor. He wasn’t involved in operations. He knew the operations from his work as an auditor.

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GEW 2012 Starts Today!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week starts today and runs through November 18. So far, Dropifi (an app that helps ecommerce businesses to connect more effectively with customers) won the award for most innovative startup, and hundreds of new business were created. Many more events are coming up this week in over 130 countries.

Read more about GEW’s kickoff and this week’s activities here.

Youth Entrepreneurship in China

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Mariotti (right) with BESA winners

Steve Mariotti, Kaizen interviewee and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), wrote about his experiences with young entrepreneurs at the Bright China Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (BESA) ceremony. “…These young people would most likely end up as low-income workers in factories. Through the NFTE/Bright China program, they were inspired to start their own businesses,” Mariotti said.

Read more here.

Related: “China’s Century?” by Michael Beckley [PDF].

CEE Interview with Federico Fernandez and Martin Sarano

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talks with Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano, co-founders of Bases Foundation, on the political and economic climate in Argentina.

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Fall 2011 Guest Speakers Federico Fernandez and Martin Sarano

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano to Rockford University this Thursday, October 13, from 11 am to 12:15 pm, in Scarborough 208. Fernández and Sarano will give a joint lecture entitled “Doing Business in Argentina: The current business climate and the ethical dilemmas it presents to entrepreneurs and corporations.”

Federico N. Fernández and Martin Sarano are the co-founders of Bases Foundation, a non-for-profit organization devoted to foster awareness and promote the benefits that individual freedoms bring to society. Mr. Fernández (President of Bases Foundation) is currently editing a book on Karl R. Popper which will be published in 2012. Mr. Sarano (Vice President of Bases Foundation) is a Chicago Booth MBA student and has worked in different corporate and consulting roles in various industries.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

View a PDF of the flyer for Fernández and Sarano’s talk here.

CEE Interview with Phyllis Johnson

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talks with Phyllis Johnson about entrepreneurship, coffee, and empowering women in Africa.

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For more information about the organizations Ms. Johnson works with, go to:

International Trade Center

Export Impact For Good YouTube Channel

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

Greener Entrepreneurial Pastures

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

A Kauffman Foundation report, “The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs,” concludes that Indian and Chinese students in America are more likely to return home to pursue their career goals as those economies  improve. “Most returnees now say the entrepreneurial advantages are better in their home countries, where they can benefit from lower operating costs, heightened professional recognition, greater access to local markets and a better quality of life than they could attain in the United States,” the report states. While this “reverse brain drain” will impact entrepreneurship in America, as many entrepreneurs are Chinese and Indian immigrants, most returnees still maintain their American contacts, which could create more international business opportunities.

Read the full article here.

Interview with Michael Strong and Magatte Wade

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Michael Strong and Magatte Wade, CEE’s final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers, discuss with Dr. Stephen Hicks the social and lifestyle benefits of entrepreneurship, as well as what type of society best promotes entrepreneurship. Mr. Strong and Ms. Wade gave talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.

Watch Part I

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Michael Strong and Magatte Wade: CEE’s Final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3rd CEE’s final Fall 2010 guest speakers, Michael Strong and Magatte Ward, will each give a talk at Rockford University.

Michael Strong: “Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems”

Michael Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, etc.). He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and co-author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

Magatte Wade: “How an African Entrepreneur is Working to Solve African Problems”

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur who was raised in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and began her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she co-founded Adina World Beverages. Her current project is The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a high-end skin care products line. Magatte writes and speaks for many audiences, and is on the boards of several non-profits that support African causes, including Afropop Worldwide, the SEEDS Academy, AllforAfrica.com, and ASNAPP.

Michael and Magatte will give their talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class on:

Wednesday, November 3

11 am, SCAR 220

All who are interested may attend.