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Venture for All

Venture for All® is a global initiative whose mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in emerging markets through education and mentorship.  Our three (3) programs educate and train the young aspiring entrepreneurs to become enterprise builders and job creators, prepare and educate the small and family-owned business owner for the next stage of growth, and create the framework for marketplace development for high potential managers of corporations.

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Urvi Raghbeer says he learned more about starting a business than he had expected, and also had fun doing it: “I didn’t expect it to be such an enjoyable and memorable experience. We learned about key concepts in an interesting manner and were able to reach our potential within five days."


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Educating Young, Aspiring Entrepreneurs

In this TedX talk, Jack McGourty discusses the impact and value of entrepreneurship education on the development of students and their communities around the world.

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Hosted by the Columbia Business School, Venture for All® programs drive to empower emerging communities through entrepreneurship and help to build the local economy. The programs ensure that aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs are able to create new opportunities for themselves and others in their communities. The aim is to enable the culture of innovation to include value-creation, risk and reward, and a focus on the common good.

Additionally, Venture for All® advises policymakers at government, corporate, and educational institutions to recognize the need to build capacity for high potential startup ventures in emerging and frontier markets.

Venture for All® currently offers “in country” courses in five (5) countries as well as multiple offerings at Columbia University and also has recently expanded into Africa across eight (8) countries in our online courses. Program growth for 2014 will see an addition of five (5) countries both “online” and “in country”.

Venture for All® provides:

  • A vision of entrepreneurship and innovation to global citizens from all walks of life
  • Knowledge, skills, and toolkits to support the creation and growth of new ventures
  • Mentorship and support to entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their enterprises
  • A community of and for future entrepreneurs and linkages to seasoned enterprise leaders
  • Support towards enterprises that increase regional economic development and solve global challenges
  • Creative modules to high potential managers in order to recognize and develop growth opportunities for mid to large corporations

For more information on participating in one of Venture for All® programs, information on program schedules on-campus, international, and online, or if you are interested in hosting a Venture for All® program in your country or region, please contact the program founder, Dr. Jack McGourty.

Upcoming Program Dates

Africa, Online (GYIN YNG):
Spring 2014

Washington DC, Online (Sasha Bruce Youthworks) :

New Delhi, India (American Embassy School Pre-College):

Bangalore, India (Pre-College):

Dubai, UAE (American Embassy School Pre-College):

Singapore (Pre-College):

New York City, US (China/Taiwan HS/College):

Shanghai, China (Pre-College)

New Delhi, India (Pre-College)

Fall 2014 Events

October 27-29, 2014

#CBSstartups Week

October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event
6:30-8:30PM, Hepburn Lounge, Uris Hall

October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
12:30-2:00PM, Sindeband 414, Engineering School

October 28, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Information Session
6:00-7:15PM, HSC LL107, CU Medical Center

October 29, 2014

Annual Fall Venture Fair
6:30-9:00PM, AppNexus

November 6, 2014

Entrepreneurs in Residence Workshop - Laurence Blumberg '94
12:30-2:00PM, Warren Hall 310

November 11, 2014

"Pitch to an Entrepreneur in Residence" Session
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 140

November 13, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Wim Sweldens
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

November 16, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Application Due

November 18, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Asha Saxena
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

December 2, 2014

Entrepreneur in Residence Workshop - Jim Moore '95
12:30-2:00PM, Uris Hall 307

December 2, 2014

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Columbia Program Admissions Event
6:00-9:00PM, Columbia Startup Lab-Wework

December 5, 2014

The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event
9:00-5:00PM, Uris Hall 208, 329, 331, 332, 333


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