The University of Cincinnati’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research hosted the International Visitor Leadership Program in March through a project called “Women and Entrepreneurship.” The UC event was held at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business Center of Centers and in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, the Office of International Visitors and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Representatives from eight countries and three continents gathered to share best practices for accelerating entrepreneurial success and the development of an underlying structure to support that success. The UC and industry partnership was highlighted as a key factor in the entrepreneurial success of UC students and the local community. A video interview with Jennifer Hacker, a graduate of UC's entrepreneurship program, demonstrated the value of this partnership as she spoke of her own experiences as co-founder of Stiletto Dash.
Participants learned how the Entrepreneurship Center’s mission to accelerate the launch of new ventures, improve strategic and intrapreneurial thinking and multiply social entrepreneurship brings community, industry and education together for synergistic entrepreneurial outcomes.
Specific programs discussed included the Small Business Institute (SBI) consulting program and the Center’s Executive Education programs for entrepreneurs and managers of small and medium-sized businesses. These initiatives, in conjunction with other center activities, create opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors, as well as chances for professional development, leading to improved organizational performance for both startups and established businesses.
In addition, entrepreneurial skills were discussed, including the writing and delivery of business plans, presentations and elevator pitches.
At the conclusion of the planned presentations, Thomas Dalziel, executive director of the UC Entrepreneurship Center for Education & Research and associate professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management at the Lindner College of Business, opened the floor for specific business concerns of the delegates. He and Thomas Nelson, associate director of SBI, worked with attendees to address challenges they face in their respective businesses and countries. Questions arose regarding topics such as university-private sector partnerships, intellectual property, franchising, business planning and new venture funding, among others.
To date, UC's Entrepreneurship Center faculty and staff have hosted and/or visited with delegates from more than 20 countries on five continents to assist and promote entrepreneurial success and economic development by educating and providing support to entrepreneurs, university leaders and government officials.