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The Multifaceted Nature of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Growth

Analyzing business models, we realize there are many components to profitable success. At the core of these models is innovative business growth. Such entrepreneurial advancements encourage continual growth, living standards, and dynamism. Continual innovation pushes for higher aspirations, inspiring ideas and pushing for an invaluable economic vigor. The growth that comes with entrepreneurial ideals helps our businesses, communities and the American economy. But how does this really happen? How can we make this possible?

On Tuesday, October 4th, Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Business Glenn Hubbard spoke on the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurship and innovative growth. Focusing on the definition of an entrepreneur, Hubbard relayed the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth. The ways that our economy fuels innovation and market growth is also tied into public policy and monetary actions. Hubbard questioned which policies best support this entrepreneurial innovation, even taking the 2016 presidential campaign into account. Dean Hubbard also reflected on the unique role that universities can play in the entrepreneurial process.

Students Create Studying Startup

The following article originally appeared in The Dartmouth on August 14, 2015.

Drawing from student feedback as well as startup methodology learned in economics professor Andrew Samwick’s social entrepreneurship course, a group of students at the College has founded BookUp, a startup that allows students to connect with academic resources inside and outside the classroom.

The logo design for BookUp was decided upon with input from Dartmouth students and faculty.

BookUp aims to link students with academic resources available on campus as well as match students up as study partners based on class name and other factors.

The four students involved in the project are Elijah Moreno ’15, Brian Kim ’15, Jacob Ammon ’15 and Dan MacDonald ’17.

DEN Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator Launch Party

The Dartmouth community is invited to the DEN Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator Launch Party on Wednesday, October 1st, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The event is open to the public and the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community.

Follow this link to register:

RBEL - The Oil & Gas Industry

The Rockefeller Business Entrepreneurship and Leadership (RBEL) group is an organization dedicated to promoting, fostering and encouraging relationships between Dartmouth alumni and undergraduates who share an interest in business.

If you're interested in learning more about the oil & gas industry, join RBEL on Wednesday, September 17th from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m in Room 209 at the Rockefeller Center for free Boloco and a great discussion!

Joining RBEL for this discussion on the Oil & Gas Industry are the following alumni.

John Turro '12
currently works on the land team at Nearburg Producing Company.  Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in NYC for two years. Turro was a history major at Dartmouth and was co-captain of the Track and Field team.  He also worked at the Rockefeller Center and was the student coordinator for the Dartmouth Republican Debate in 2011.

Summer 2014 Recap: Kicking it Off with The Startup Experience

This week, the Rockefeller Center looks back at the events that defined Summer 2014.

In case you missed it, this summer kicked off with entrepreneurship at the new DEN Innovation Center @ 4Currier through The Startup Experience workshop.

Kicking off Sophomore Summer 2014 with The Startup Experience

As Dartmouth continues to strengthen its eco-system for entrepreneurship, there was no better way than to kick off the Summer at the new DEN Innovation Center @ 4Currier with The Startup Experience workshop this past weekend.

On Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd, Dartmouth students, staff, and faculty as well as residents of the Upper Valley participated in The Startup Experience, an experiential crash course on high-impact entrepreneurship and social innovation led by serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel. Participants sought to tackle difficult social issues in the areas of health, education, and poverty, and they generated ideas for social-oriented businesses to address these specific challenges. After creating ideas for products and/or services and a business model concept, teams entered into a pitch contest where a panel of judges determined winners based upon five criteria: understanding of the problem, understanding of the market, value proposition of the new idea, feasibility, and uniqueness of the idea.

Can entrepreneurs make social impact?

This Thursday, June 19th, at 7pm, the Rockefeller Center will host “Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Make Social Impact" in Rocky 003 featuring panelists Jamie Coughlin, Director of New Venture Incubator Programs in the Dartmouth Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer; Grace Teo, Founder and Co-Chair of Open Style Lab; and Henrik Scheel, Founder and CEO of The Startup Experience, Inc. This panel will discuss how growing emphasis on entrepreneurship around the globe is a promising approach to empower and enable small groups of individuals to make positive social impact. Students and the public are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served at 6:45pm.

Register Now for The Startup Experience on June 20-21 with CEO and Entrepreneur Henrik Scheel!

Make a Social Impact: Explore. Innovate. Prototype. Present. Following a successful workshop last year, Rocky is bringing back The Startup Experience with serial entrepreneur and CEO and Founder of the Startup Experience Henrik Scheel this summer.

During this 1.5 day crash course on high-impact entrepreneurship and social innovation, participants will learn how to use design thinking and develop an entrepreneurial mindset to solve real social problems. Participants will go through a multi-stage process that begins with identifying and understanding big social problems and the people affected by those issues, and ends with teams pitching their innovative solutions and business models to a judging committee. Through this experience, students will improve their creative capacity, find inspiration, learn how to identify problems, understand users, and build ideas into tangible concepts, prototypes, and ventures.

Dartmouth students selected to attend the Social Innovation Summit 2014

Evan Read ‘16, Katie Zhang ‘16, and Hector Gustavo Ruiz Llopiz ‘14 have been selected to attend the Social Innovation Summit 2014, held at the United Nations Plaza in New York City on May 28 & 29. These students were selected from a competitive applicant pool and are receiving VIP tickets to learn about the intersection of business, technology, and social value.

The Center for Professional Development is pleased to offer these Dartmouth students tickets to the summit valued at $1,295, donated by Ralph Klein. The Rockefeller Center is pleased to sponsor transportation, lodging, and food costs.

PBPL 43: Social Entrepreneurship is now Cross-Listed with the Economics Department!

The Rockefeller Center’s new course “PBPL 43: Social Entrepreneurship” is now cross-listed with ECON 77. Taught by Professor and Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Andrew Samwick, this course will use the context of 50th anniversary of the declaration on the “War on Poverty” to investigate the nature and causes of poverty, both domestically and abroad, and the emergence of social entrepreneurship to address this issue. This course will also have a strong experiential component where students will work in small groups to identify and develop ideas for their own social ventures.

The course change period for the summer term is now open (May 8-29) and students are encouraged to consider PBPL 43/ECON 77. As a cross-listed course, this will also count towards the ECON major or minor.


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