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MOBI Newsletter - July 2019
Welcome to the quarterly MOBI newsletter! We are halfway through the calendar year, some are enjoying summer and others winter! Each quarter we will communicate important announcements and highlights from the MOBI program. We hope you will enjoy these updates and continue your relationship with MOBI on your path toward entrepreneurship! Feel free to opt out of this newsletter by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom.
Thank you and happy mid-year from MOBI!
Curriculum Updates in Starting a Business!
We are excited to announce we are in the process of updating the curriculum within our Starting a Business course! You will continue to find the fundamental business topics and actionable instruction MOBI has always provided. We have now added some new information and other areas of interest.
Check out Session 5: Business Organization to learn how business entities are different and which one is right for your business. We’ve added information about S-Corporations, Social Purpose Corporations, and Nonprofits as well as updating other areas. Session 8: Communication Tools now provides more information about internet calling, collaboration tools, task management applications, and social media. Session 10: Choosing a Business Location includes new information about non-traditional working spaces such as incubators, shared workspaces, and services only locations. We’ve also updated the Site Criteria Table to help you evaluate potential locations.
More updates are to come, so stay tuned!
MOBI Success Story
We are so proud of the accomplishments of our MOBI students around the world. Each quarter we will share the story of one MOBI entrepreneur, or a group of entrepreneurs, such as this quarter's feature.
WCTC Business Plan Pitch Competition Inspires Student Entrepreneurs
MOBI partner Waukesha County Technical College uses the Starting a Business course curriculum to complement its Entrepreneurship program. In this program, WCTC provides a unique real-world entrepreneurial experience, inspired by the hit ABC show Shark Tank, to prepare students for business ownership. This is our featured success story of the quarter to showcase just one of many ways the MOBI course and curriculum can be customized to best prepare aspiring entrepreneurs for success! Read the full story to learn how students are inspired to create winning business plans.
MOBI partners are an important part of our program! By forming partnerships with diverse communities of students around the world, MOBI can inspire entrepreneurship in ways that best meet the specific opportunities of each group, and always for free.
AIMIT (St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology), St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) in Mangaluru, India is our featured partner for this quarter. St. Aloysius is a private, coeducational, Jesuit college located in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India. We interviewed Faculty Coordinator and Professor in the Department of Business Administration, Dr. Swapna Rose, regarding the partnership with MOBI. St. Aloysius is MOBI’s first partner and our longest running partner relationship. Through this collaboration students have received over 1,000 MOBI Certificates of Completion.
* Why you chose MOBI? Fr. Denzil Lobo S.J., Director, AIMIT, visited MOBI Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D., in August 2014. Professor Starbird was Dean of the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business at that time. Fr. Lobo was intrigued by the MOBI program. Subsequently, he invited his faculty and staff to examine MOBI. St. Aloysius Dean of International Relations Vincent Mascarhenas later contacted Professor Starbird to explore opportunities for collaboration.
* How is MOBI making a difference for your students? MOBI Curriculum has been tailored as a compulsory add on component of the entrepreneurship specialization in the even semester. The students get an exposure to an international curriculum on entrepreneurship and all have the immense satisfaction of obtaining a Certificate of Completion from the prestigious Santa Clara University.
* (And anything else you would like to add?) Here is a photo from a recent presentation, held as part of an Entrepreneurship Development Programme event presented by St. Aloysius College with Kanara Global Entrepreneurs.
Do you know an organization or school that might be interested in partnering with MOBI?
Special Events: MOBI Advisory Board Members
We have been so fortunate to see a lot of our advisory board members these past few months, here at SCU and around the world.
MOBI Spring Advisory Board Meeting
It is always our great honor to welcome MOBI founder Phil Holland for our biannual MOBI Advisory Board meetings. Mr. Holland is pictured center along with MOBI staff and other Advisory Board Members during the Spring 2019 meeting. Visit the About page of our website to see our MOBI Advisory Board members and the MOBI management team.
Visiting the U.S. Supreme Court
Laura Norris, MOBI Advisory Board Member, SCU Associate Clinical Professor, and Director, SCU Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic and Tech Edge J.D. Program, traveled to Washington, D.C. in May. A group of Santa Clara Law alumni were admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. The group was visited in a private meeting room by Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Ginsburg, all pictured together here.
A Day in India with St. Aloysius
MOBI Advisory Board Member, SCU Leavey School of Business Dean's Executive Professor, and global business consultant Tanya Monsef Bunger, spent a day in India with AIMIT St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), MOBI's first partner and the featured Partner Spotlight for this quarter.
MOBI highlights one theme every week on our social media platforms. We post blogs, videos, lists, and articles on a variety of topics relevant for aspiring entrepreneurs. Based upon reader activity, here are some top stories from the past quarter.
Great ideas for making the most of seasonal outings, gatherings, and schedules to grow your business.
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Steps to help you brand your business in a way that will establish your credibility, motivate your target customer to buy, and create loyalty.
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We wish you a great quarter and all the best in business success!
The MOBI Team
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