MOBI Launches SCU’s First Spanish Website
My Own Business Institute (MOBI) is excited to unveil www.scu.edu/mobiespanol/, its new Spanish website and the first Spanish site within the Santa Clara University domain. The new Spanish website reflects MOBI’s commitment to bringing entrepreneurial education to people around the world, for free. MOBI has long offered its popular Starting a Business and Business Expansion courses in Spanish, now aspiring entrepreneurs can also read Spanish versions of the additional resources and content previously only available in English. The same navigation and organization populates both sites for easy and intuitive access to entrepreneurial-themed blog posts, success stories, information, and more.
“MOBI’s new Spanish website reflects our Jesuit educational mission and our commitment to contributing to the community,” said Drew Starbird, PhD, executive director, MOBI. “We are excited to empower MOBI’s Spanish-speaking communities in Silicon Valley and around the world with entrepreneurial information and training.”
Supporting Entrepreneurship in Local Latino Communities
The Spanish website is important for prospective entrepreneurs near and far. There is a strong Latino entrepreneurial community surrounding SCU and in the broader Silicon Valley region, and both MOBI and SCU have pursued engagement programs to support business growth and development within these communities. Examples include the Lanzando course, supported by a joint MOBI and SCU Ignatian Center Thriving Neighbors Initiative program. Lanzando, or “launching” in Spanish, features the MOBI curriculum taught free of charge entirely in Spanish in-person to parents within the Washington Elementary School District of San Jose while their children attend school. Additionally, new MOBI partner Yacanex Community also taught the MOBI curriculum in Spanish to its first group of students this fall. The free Emprendete: Iniciar un Negocio was taught in a hybrid online and in-person format. The Mexican Consulate in San Jose hosted the monthly in-person gatherings for the course in partnership with Yacanex Community.
The SCU Leavey School of Business also offers a business elective, Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative (NPI), through which undergraduate students are paired with local Latino-owned small businesses from underserved communities to provide business consultation and assistance to further key business goals. Professor Starbird teaches the NPI course over two quarters, and the program is funded by a generous grant from Wells Fargo Bank.
Bringing Entrepreneurial Education to Diverse Global Populations
The new Spanish website is just one of the ways MOBI is extending its reach to aspiring entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds locally and around the world. In 2018 MOBI welcomed the Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) into its partner program, providing customized entrepreneurial courses translated locally. MOBI aims to bring accessible, actionable entrepreneurial training to aspiring business owners around the world, for free. Adding more direct language access to entrepreneurial learning frees students from relying on translation software while promoting inclusion and supporting MOBIs mission to contribute to community growth, job creation, and entrepreneurial empowerment.