UC-Berkeley Haas Launches Black Venture Program

Haas School of Business

UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business co-launched a program aimed at doubling the number of Black venture capital investors over the next three years, according to an article October 19 in the student newspaper The Daily Californian.

Black Venture Institute is a two-week program that will start Nov. 2 and will provide intensive education, mentorship and networking opportunities for Black operators — those who work with privately held companies to increase value — planning to work in venture capital, according to Kristina Susac, former vice president of UC-Berkeley Executive Education.

“There are under 75 Black people who can write checks in the venture capital industry right now,” Susac is quoted saying. “The program’s objective is to change that through the means of education and give aspiring Black investors the community, support and mentorship to thrive in an industry that is shaping our nation.”

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School reveals 3rd annual list of Most Fundable Companies 

Nanotechnology company BNNano Inc., biotechnology company Calviri Inc., and electronics materials company Terecircuits Corporation claimed top recognition (Platinum category) on Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s third annual Most Fundable Companies list, which was announced during the virtual event yesterday. The Graziadio School named the 20 Most Fundable Companies, all of which have less than $10 million in annual revenue, strong business plans, and impressive near-term growth projections.

More than 4,500 early-stage U.S. companies spanning all 50 states participated in the Most Fundable Companies initiative, which is designed to bridge the gap between startups and the capital they need to succeed. The companies on the third annual list are located across the country and come from a variety of industries including biotechnology, renewable energy, aeronautics, and software technology.

Georgetown Entrepreneurship announces finalists of the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize 


Ted Leonsis

Georgetown Entrepreneurship, serving all of Georgetown University from the McDonough School of Business, has announced the finalists for the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize.

Student and alumni entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures at the annual Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize “Bark Tank” virtual pitch competition Tuesday, October 27, 2020, starting at 5 p.m. EST. Finalists will try to win over a panel of judges and the audience to win a share of the $100,000 Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize.

The Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize is supported by Ted Leonsis (C’77), a longtime entrepreneur, investor, and founder, majority owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment; his wife, Lynn; his son, Zach (MBA’15), senior vice president of strategic initiatives of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network; and his daughter, Elle (C’14), digital marketing director of SnagFilms Inc.

To register for the Bark Tank pitch competition event, visit eship.georgetown.edu/Bark-Tank and view the live stream at facebook.com/georgetownentrepreneurship/live.

Clemson University gets biggest gift in school history for College of Business naming

Clemson University’s College of Business has a new name after the school received its largest donation in school history – $60 million – on October 16, according to an article in the Greenville News.

The donors, Billy and Ann Powers of Florence, are giving the university the largest gift in school history, according to university spokesperson Joe Galbraith. “This is truly history in the making,” President Jim Clements is quoted saying Friday. The gift will support the College of Business, whose new building opened this fall semester.

The academic college is now named the “Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business.” The college is the first to be named after someone, according to Galbraith.

Leavey School seeking new dean

Santa Clara University is looking for the next Dean of the Leavey School of Business. (LINK: https://www.scu.edu/media/offices/human-resources/documents/workforce-planning/Santa-Clara-University-Business-Dean-Leadership-Profile-FINAL.pdf) … Santa Clara University seeks a Dean of its highly regarded Leavey School of Business. The Dean will drive academic innovation, lead with strategic purpose, and create a compelling vision for all aspects of the School while taking advantage of Santa Clara’s ideal position at the heart of Silicon Valley. The vision will include high-quality academic programs, outstanding teaching and research, and a clear reflection of the University’s Jesuit and Catholic traditions in all of its programs, including a commitment to social justice and educating the whole person.

Naren Agrawal is Leavey’s interim dean. He has been on the Leavey faculty since 1992 and currently serves as the Benjamin and Mae Swig professor of information systems and analytics.

HEC Paris appoints executive education heavyweight Anne-Valerie Corboz as new associate dean

Professor Anne-Valérie Corboz joins HEC Paris as its new associate dean of executive education. Corboz, who has enjoyed a long and international professional trajectory in the business school arena, joins the school from Duke Corporate Education in Singapore, where she oversaw Duke’s executive education operations in Asia, India, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Duke CE, Corboz held faculty and executive roles at IMD, Insead, Singapore Management University and the Boston Consulting Group, among others.

With a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and social innovation from RMIT University in Australia, Corboz takes over from Nathalie Lugagne, who after four years spent as associate dean of executive education, has become senior academic adviser for HEC Paris in China.

Corboz joins HEC Paris at a time of profound change and disruption, for both executive education and for the business world in general. “Although the Covid-19 crisis has accelerated the adoption of digital transformation in the education sector, it has also highlighted the need for human interaction,” she says.


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