posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Global Entrepreneurship MIT Satellite Broadcast -- September 28th 2006

Global Entrepreneurship: 

Inefficiency as Opportunity in the Developing World


Can you do well by “doing good”? How do you make money in countries where the average worker makes as little as a dollar a day? Why is technology the answer for grass roots entrepreneurship on a village by village basis?

Presented in association with the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship, join us for an evening that will open the eyes and minds of entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on emerging global markets.

  • How to do good, and make money, by identifying needs and solving inefficiencies affecting poor regions
  • How high-tech solutions work in low-tech areas
  • Why “bottom-up” entrepreneurship works and “top-down” doesn't
  • How to use the US legal and financial systems to go global
  • How to overcome legal and governmental obstacles

The national panel presentation will be followed by a Seattle panel discussion and Q&A from the audience.

The Cambridge panel includes Alex (Sandy) Pentland (moderator), professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab and co-founder and director of the MIT Program for Developmental Entrepreneurship; Damien Balsan, co-founder and vice president of business development for WAY Systems, a leader in mobile point-of-sale devices; Rick Burnes, co-founder of the venture capital firm Charles River Ventures; Iqbal Quadir, founder of the GrameenPhone cellular network in Bangladesh , and co-founder and director of the MIT Program for Developmental Entrepreneurship; and Randy Zadra, managing director of the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas.


The Seattle panel includes Steve Brilling (moderator), Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center Albers School of Business & Economics, Seattle University; Matt Caemmerer, Vice President of Strategic Development for Contrado International; and Tim Wood, Technical Program Manager at the Grameen Technology Center.


The September 28th program starts at 5:30 pm at Fisher Plaza, 140 4th Avenue, Seattle  
    * Networking Session – 5:30 to 7:00, Broadcast plus Local Q&A 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
    * Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door  
    * Street parking available or in the building for a fee  
Register online at For more information call 206-283-9595.



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