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- Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, Wins MacArthur “Genius Grant”
Education pioneer Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, founder of Ghana’s Ashesi University, has been named a fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Awuah, 50, is one of 24 fellows to receive the so-called “genius grant,” awarded to people “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Read more.
- LAUNCH Teams in Top 50
Two LAUNCH teams, including winner Thibault Duchemin of Transcense (now known as Ava) are on the Kairos Society’s nnual list of 50 top emerging founders, reported in Inc. magazine. Congrats to Thibault & team as well as to Charvi Shetty and Huyson Lam of Knox Medical Diagnostics.
- Innovation to Serve Older Adults
#30in30in30 is an initiative by Aging2.0 to encourage communities around the world to host pitch events for new innovative products and services that will improve the lives of older adults. Berkeley-Haas is taking part by hosting one of 30 Pitch Events in 30 cities around the world in 30 days. Read more. Register to attend the event.
Apply to pitch and get involved!
- White House Announces Program Partnership with Brazil
In a press release, the White House has announced that the Haas School of Business will establish a pilot entrepreneurship training program with universities in Brazil to teach scientists and entrepreneurs how to take ideas to market, based on the Lester Center’s NSF I-Corps and Lean Launchpad programs.
Read the news story. Read the White House press release.
- The B-school lean startup revolution is underway
A story in Fortune magazine highlights Steve Blank’s class at Haas, which rejects the traditional model of business development. Instead, students develop bare-bones prototypes, talk to dozens of prospective partners, investors, and customers – and must be ready to pivot on a dime. Read more.
- Cal is Headed for #1 in Startups
Rebecca Lynn (MBA/JD 08), general partner, Canvas Venture Fund. Lynn is rallying entrepreneur grads from here alma mater to help UC Berkeley become “the number one school for entrepreneurship in the very near future.” Cal is number two globally behind Stanford when venture backed companies run by ex-undergrads are counted. Read more.
- Lester Faculty Featured in California Management Review
Research from Lester faculty is featured in the latest issue of Berkeley-Haas’ quarterly management journal. The issue includes contributions from Lester Center faculty director Prof. Toby Stuart (3D robotics), and Jerome Engel, senior fellow at the Lester Center (global clusters of innovation).
The issue also features an article from Prof. Henry Chesbrough on engaging with startups.
Read More. See articles on JSTOR.