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Venture for All®
Venture for All® is a global initiative whose mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in emerging and frontier markets through education and mentorship. Our programs educate and train 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 marketplace development strategies for high potential corporate managers.
Program Offerings 2015
Hosted by Columbia Business School, Venture for All® programs drive to empower emerging communities through entrepreneurship, thus helping to build local economies. Program offerings include three core courses, Venture for Creation™, Venture for Growth™, and Venture for Market Leadership™. Special topic courses cover key entrepreneurial areas with an intensive, "hands-on" focus on Discovery, Brand Power, Social Enterprise, Innovation Leadership, Startup Finance, and Lean Product Development.
The programs ensure that aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs are able to create new opportunities for themselves and others in their communities. 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® offers “in country” courses in several emerging and frontier countries as well as multiple offerings on Columbia University’s campus. For more information on participating in one of Venture for All® programs, course schedules for on-campus, international, and online offerings, hosting a Venture for All® program in your country or region, or becoming a regional representative, please contact the program founder, Dr. Jack McGourty.
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Ron Gonen '04 EMBA
Gonen came up with the idea for RecycleBank, a start-up that pays households for recycling, when he was a student at Columbia.
Andrea Wenner '05
Wenner considered several other ventures before developing Out2Play, a nonprofit that builds and refurbishes playgrounds at New York Public Schools.
Andrea Miller '02
After graduation, Miller launched Tango, a multimedia company focused on love and relationships. "Think Sex and the City meets Oprah."