Posts Tagged ‘social entrepreneurship’

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.

Entrepreneurship in Africa

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

At, Jonathan Ortmans explores the conditions that are making Africa a great climate for entrepreneurship, including the rise of local investors, mobile banking, and planned tech cities. Ortmans concludes: “The next chapter in Africa’s history will be largely written by its new generation rather than by foreign aid organizations. More importantly, I expect Africa to lead in fresh thinking about problems and in producing world-class innovations that will benefit us all.”

Read the article here.

Why the Wealthy Should Fund Innovation

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold believes that successful businesspeople should get involved with innovative startups. These wealthy individuals no longer have the pressure to provide for their families, so they can afford to take on riskier ventures. Moreover, says, Mr. Myhrvold, “We have the experience and resources to look for game-changing ideas—and the confidence to act when we think we’ve found one.”

Read the article 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.

Part I:

Part II:

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

Fall 2011 Guest Speaker Phyllis Johnson

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Phyllis Johnson to Rockford University this Thursday, October 6, from 11 am to 12:15 pm, in Scarborough 208. Ms. Johnson will give a talk entitled “Making a Living While Making a Difference.”

Phyllis Johnson is co-founder and president of the Rockford-based BD Imports, a supplier of exceptional quality specialty grade coffees and owner of Evolution Coffee. The company imports un-roasted coffee from sustainable sources in coffee producing countries and markets to roaster retailers and wholesalers located in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. BD Imports has helped to propel Phyllis as a champion of women and women in coffee.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

View a PDF of the flyer for Ms. Johnson’s talk 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

Watch Part II

Thulasiraj Ravilla on low-cost eye care in India

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

In India, there are 200 million people who need eye care and less than ten percent of them have been reached. Moreover, 80 percent of these eye problems can be easily prevented or treated. Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director of the Aravind Eye Care System, talks about how the clinic manages to serve such a large number of patients each year, only 40% of them paying customers. Dr. V., the clinic’s founder, chose an interesting source of inspiration when looking for a way to deliver low cost, consistent, efficient service in India and worldwide – McDonald’s. Watch the video below.

The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery: Dr. Devi Shetty

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

DrDeviDr. Devi Shetty brings an innovative approach to heart surgery in India by using economies of scale to drive the price per surgery down. His flagship heart hospital, Narayana Hrudayalaya, has about 10 times the number of beds as its typical American counterpart, and the cost of surgery averages at about $2,000, versus the $20,000-$100,000 Americans pay. But does handling such a large volume of patients affect the quality of care they receive?

Read the article at the Wall Street Journal to find out.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: William Kamkwamba

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The boy who harnessed the wind — a 14-year old who decides to design and build a windmill to bring electricity to his remote village in Malawi. A deeply human story of initiative, ingenuity, and independence.

Also watch his appearance on the Daily Show:

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