Business Boot Camp: Social Entrepreneurs From Around the World Come to Santa Clara U. to Grow Their

Monday, July 25, 2005

Armed with the knowledge that good intentions do not a successful venture make, 15 grass roots innovators from around the globe will come to Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley this summer to immerse themselves in a two-week “business boot camp.” Mission: To emerge with a cohesive business plan that will bring their ventures to resource-strapped regions of the world.

Starting July 31, entrepreneurs and technology innovators will participate in a two-week incubator program that will allow them to network with Silicon Valley foundations, technologists, and business executives.

The intensive residential program (July 31 to Aug. 12) is aimed at helping successful technology innovators to scale up their endeavors and achieve sustainability. Sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (in collaboration with SCU’s Leavey School of Business), the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) supports the work of innovators and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated their commitment to applying technology to address urgent human needs throughout the world.

“These are award-winning innovations from diverse international communities with proof of concept ideas, not pie-in-the-sky dreamers,” says Patrick Guerra, program director for Santa Clara University’s Global Social Business Incubator.

The ventures range from tech training in Guatemala and Cameroon; to micro-loan corporations in rural Paraguay and frost-damage solutions for fruit growers in Uruguay; to low-cost day care in Bangladesh.
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Source: Business Wire