Advancing Entrepreneurship Globally
Written by: Winifred Soribe PhD Candidate in Entrepreneurial Finance, MSc. (Acc), ACCA, BSc. (Econs), Business and Management Research Institute,University of Bedfordshire, UK)
In a rapidly evolving society where there is a shift in trend from conventional day jobs to entrepreneurship due to a variety of socioeconomic factors, there exists a growing need to not only inculcate entrepreneurship into the academic curricula, but to create ecosystems that foster and develop entrepreneurship amongst students in such a way that it synchronizes knowledge with practical application. It is on the backdrop of this realization that organizations such as NACCE in the USA and NACUE in the UK sprung up, to not only bridge the gap in the areas of entrepreneurship education but to also foster entrepreneurial thinking and action. Although separated by vast landmasses and expansive Ocean, both bodies are bound by a similar philosophy which is centered around the development and entrenchment of entrepreneurial thinking within community colleges as the nexus from which the next generation of entrepreneurs’ spring forth.
To that end, NACCE and NACUE are honored to participate in a Global Virtual Roundtable Event: The Changing Landscape of Entrepreneurship Across Borders on September 9, featuring international panelists who will address:
- Access to finance: the European pessimism, and the American Optimism – differences in culture and its implications;
- Access to entrepreneurship education and its adaptability in real life;
- Internationalization and Expansion – ease of starting a business in the US or Europe with regards to regulations;
- Gender and its role in raising finance; and
- The role of mentorship in venture success.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 8 – 12, 2021, NACCE will launch plans for its new coalition model, designed to unite an international ecosystem of entrepreneurial organizations, champions, and supporters that will fund the start-up and scale-up of small businesses. More information will be made available at www.nacce.com in the weeks to come.
NACCE strives to make community colleges North America's pre-eminent source for entrepreneurship and serves to educate, support, and inspire educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college's role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE unites a dynamic network that includes more than 300 colleges and 2,500+ individuals serving more than three million students in the largest ecosystem of entrepreneurial educators and leaders in North America. For more information, visit www.nacce.com. Follow us on Twitter at @NACCE, like us on Facebook, and join our LinkedIn group.
NACUE is devoted to advancing education and creating tailor-made solutions geared towards deepening engagement with learners from various academic backgrounds in enterprise initiatives. Buoyed by the belief that students should have the chance to engage in unique opportunities, they support them to develop the skills they need to succeed.
NACUE was conceived in 2008 by 12 enterprise society presidents. Prior to its formation, students were already playing a leading role in the development of student entrepreneurship at their institutions, however they knew collaboratively they could create something bigger for the benefit of their societies. Thus in 2009, Oxford Entrepreneurs President Victoria Lennox, took the initiative to found what was then known as the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs. This was done with support from the other enterprise presidents, Matt Smith and Cyprian Szalankiewicz. After a period, which saw the organisation rebrand and expand, On November 15th, 2011, the organisations name was finally changed to the 'National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs. That initial group has now morphed into a national non-profit organisation with a thriving national network, representing over 200 college and university enterprise societies.
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