Kelley School of Business is well represented at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco
Kelley students invited by the U.S. State Department to attend the Summit
More than 3,000 entrepreneurs, heads of state and other high-level government officials and corporate leaders are gathering in Marrakesh, Morocco for the fifth Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Launched by President Barack Obama in 2009 as a global platform “to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century,” the Summit also enables participants to network one-on-one with each other and to learn from dozens of speakers.
Among them are nine alumni of an Indiana University Kelley School of Business program that over the past three summers has welcomed about 300 young people from eight countries across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Many of them are women. While at IU Bloomington, the students spent a month learning the principles of entrepreneurship through the school’s Global Business Institute program, administered by its Institute for International Business.
The Global Business Institute is a collaboration among the Kelley School, the U.S. Department of State and the Coca-Cola Co. The multifaceted, immersive program gives select students from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories and Afghanistan an opportunity to learn about business in the context of American culture.
“It was a very exciting piece of good news that students from our program were called out,” said LaVonn Schlegel, Institute for International Business’s managing director. “This will provide them with an excellent opportunity for further networking and education. There will be venture capitalists there and all kinds of business support there. They will have an opportunity to continue to talk about their businesses and what their future plans are.”