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SCU's business boot camp trains social entrepreneurs from across the world and country
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007
An incubator project at
The intensive residential program, celebrating its fifth year and being held Aug. 19 through 30, is aimed at helping successful social entrepreneurs to scale up their endeavors and achieve sustainability. Sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Leavey School of Business at
The projects that represent the Class of 2007 are from 12 countries:
Living and learning together, participants develop know-how in the areas of marketing, finance, business planning, and organizational capacity building. The incubator combines classroom instruction, case studies, and best practices with carefully matched mentoring on the sustainability challenges of each participating organization. The incubator participants will hear from Geoffrey Moore (Mohr Davidow Ventures) about crossing the chasm from early users to large-scale adoption; venture investors like the Acumen Fund, Skoll Foundation, and Good Capital; as well as faculty in the Leavey School of Business.
“The entrepreneurial spirit, rapid development and diffusion of technology that characterizes the best of
Koch said that like many
Some examples of participants of the program are: The Freeplay Foundation from South Africa that designs and distributes wind-up and solar powered radios that provide life-saving information for some of the poorest people in Africa; Equal Access, a San Francisco non-profit that brings educational radio programming via satellite to remote villages in Nepal; Ideas at Work, a Cambodian non-profit that manufactures, sells, and leases a rope water pump device designed for household water collection by low-income Cambodian villagers ;Nishant Bioenergy, a company from India that designed a low-cost, smoke-free cooking stove .
On Aug. 30, the final day of the two-week program, class participants will present their business plans. “We hope the resources of our region will advance their promising technological innovations in service to humanity,” Koch said. ”Much of their work is happening in emerging markets and in settings ignored by conventional approaches to technological design and market development. We can also learn a lot from their approaches to innovation in resource constrained environments.”
Geoffrey Bowker, Executive Director for the Center for Science Technology and Society at
For more information about the GSBI program and participants, visit www.scu.edu/sts
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