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Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, with the vast majority of its 27 million people living on less than a dollar a day. It is also a country with considerable strategic value because it is sandwiched between two large neighbors: China and India. Until recently, the country was mired in a civil war between the monarchy and the Maoist parties. Since overthrowing its previous king, the country has been trying to draft a new constitution for the last five years.
The SLU Center for Entrepreneurship held its annual "Pitch and Catch" business pitch competition on April 24th. Competitors got to pitch their business or idea to investors and entrepreneurs while on the mound at GCS Ballpark!
Oftentimes people ask me how my major in business can impact the community around me. Wouldn’t being a doctor, nurse, or a social worker truly help people in need as opposed to learning about how “money works”? Before joining Service Leadership I did not know how much of an impact being a business major would have on communities and people all around me. I used to think that service meant choosing a service site, volunteering a few times, doing my job, and calling it a day. But being in Service Leadership has taught me the importance of building relationships and truly being in solidarity with the people I am with, even outside of the two hours I commit to my service site every week.
As program director for military outreach, Michael Bamber connects with potential SLU students from diverse military backgrounds. They range from undergraduates considering enrolling in the ROTC program to veterans and their family members.“Quite a few of our military population at SLU are dependent sons or daughters of service members who have given their post-911 GI bill educational benefit to their children,” said Bamber, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.
We recently asked college students from across the nation to submit their product ideas for the chance to pitch to a panel of startup founders and investors. These finalists will compete this Sunday, pitching their ideas on the mound at GCS Ballpark!
Undergraduate International Business Spotlight: For Tyler Burgess, It's Always A Good Time And Place For Networking
Tyler Burgess is an undergraduate student in the John Cook School of Business (JCSB) majoring in international business (IB) and marketing. He is fluent in French and conversational Croatian. While he doesn’t graduate until Summer 2016, he is already actively directing his global career. Burgess has completed three internships thus far. The most recent one was the summer of 2015 when he worked for The Foundry, a global software development firm based in London. Burgess is shown in the photo to the left overlooking the River Thames.
Bob Brockhaus, Ph.D., got his first taste of entrepreneurship in 1969, when he decided to open a restaurant adjacent to the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL). Fresh from leaving his traditional corporate job managing Ralston Purina’s West Coast operations, Brockhaus was eager to try his hand at restaurant ownership. “At the time, that university had 10,000 students, no cafeteria, and I had the nearest commercial building to campus,” he said.
On Friday, April 1st, students from the John Cook School of Business shared in the sprit of service at Lift for Life Gym. Volunteers from the Service Leadership program painted the inside and outside of the youth activity center, cleaned, and landscaped for the 11th annual Service Day.
The John Cook School of Business was well represented at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Tim Hayden, director of our Center for Entrepreneurship, and Lachlan Johnson, entrepreneurship major and founder of Flipoutz and Trep-ology spoke at a panel entitled “Gen Z Startups: Influenced by Media, Reality and BS”.
Our mission was a simple one; we were to embark on a first contact trip to St. Martins De Porres primary school. This was the first trip in a five year contract between the school and SLU to increase educational retention. I have always been very passionate about exploring the world, and trying to understand the diversity behind why people live the way they do. So naturally I was intrigued by the Service Leadership opportunity to go abroad to Belize City, Belize.