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Leading Entrepreneurs Share Insight During Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 20, 2009
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 Romero Britto speaks to participants during
 the School's Global Entrepreneurship Week
 events.

The School of Business Administration joined organizations around the world November 16 to November 20 participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week, a range of activities designed to inform, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs. The School, along with other schools and colleges at the University of Miami, hosted a number of events ranging from a presentation by pop artist Romero Britto who addressed issues specific to artists as entrepreneurs to a talk by Florida state Senator and former Yahoo! Executive Jeremy Ring, who discussed how to grow a global business.

“Entrepreneurship, which drives the U.S. economy and economies around the world, has never been more important as we struggle to emerge from the global recession,” said Dean Barbara Kahn. “As the region’s leading business school, the UM School of Business has a critical role to play in supporting new venture growth, not just here on campus, but across the community. We are very pleased to be able to bring entrepreneurial leaders throughout the week to share insights that will help us build an even stronger entrepreneurial community in South Florida.”

The week kicked off on Monday with the MIT Enterprise Forum, which featured a panel discussion that offered strategies for creating and maintaining a successful business during difficult economic times. The discussion was moderated by Ken Colwell, the School’s director of entrepreneurship programs and the organizer of the School’s weeklong series of events. Panelists included Bo Fishback, vice president of Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Helen Greiner, CEO of The Droid Works; Daphne Zohar, founder and managing partner of PureTech Ventures; Eric Kriss, a UM School of Business entrepreneur-in-residence and chairman of Kriss Motors Corporation; Marty Schultz, founder of McGruff SafeGuard; and Manny Negriero, founder and CEO of Health Research Sciences.

Tuesday’s sessions included a presentation by world-renowned pop artist Romero Britto who discussed his work and how he achieved international fame.  Britto, who has agreed to serve on the School’s new Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board, talked about art exhibitions, including his works featured at the Super Bowl two years ago, Hyde Park, and the Louvre Museum. He explained how he grew from humble beginnings in Brazil to international success as an artist and entrepreneur.  He encouraged young entrepreneurs to pursue careers focused on what they love and to never underestimate the value of hard work.

Senator Jeremy Ring

Florida state Sentor Jeremy Ring concludes Global
Entrepreneurship Week at the School.

“What I communicate to people [through my art] is a common feeling: love,” Britto said.  “My enthusiasm has been a bridge that has taken me to so many opportunities I never could have dreamed of.”

Tuesday’s events also included a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in a global economy. The session, moderated by Marc Junkunc, assistant professor of management, featured David Clarke, founder and managing partner of BGT Partners; Ruy Chaves, founder and chairman of Plastrom Sensormatic; and Kenneth Rader, founder and president of The Cereal Bowl.

The School-sponsored events concluded Friday with a presentation by Florida state Senator Jeremy Ring, a former Yahoo! Executive.  Ring spoke about how to grow a global business and shared his experiences and insights gained from both congressional work and executive work with Yahoo!


The UM School of Business has been committed to fostering student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thought leadership for more than 60 years. Through its unique results-driven approach to entrepreneurship education, the School offers a robust entrepreneurship curriculum, supports programs to nurture student-run businesses and provides a research environment where entrepreneurial thinking flourishes. Not only do students learn about entrepreneurship in the classroom, they participate in real-world consulting for small businesses and immersion opportunities which include the School’s long-running annual Business Plan Competition. That competition, open to all university students, awards approximately $35,000 each year to help students start and grow their businesses.

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