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IEBE hosts an event on 'Social Enterprise Business Ideas'

17/05/2017

The Institute of Entrepreneurship and Business Excellence (IEBE) in collaboration with Middlesex University Dubai Faculty, Ms. Sandra Stephenson and Ms. Shanti Rajan featured noteworthy presentations from the HRM1004 class in the event titled “Social Enterprise Business Ideas”. The motivation behind such an activity is to instill the concept early for students to view business and entrepreneurship not only from a perspective of income generation, but as having as well the capacity to address social and environmental issues.

The well-received event was a culmination of a previous tedious round of presentations of uniquely creative and detailed concepts. Starting from 265 students in 8 groups, the list was eventually narrowed to the 5 top concepts, which had the opportunity to showcase their ideas in front of an esteemed panel of judges:

  • Dr. Michael Kloep – Head of IEBE & Senior Lecturer in Management
  • Dr. Cody Paris – Deputy Director & Associate Professor of Social Science
  • Ms. Mahine  Rizvi Ahmad - Lecturer in International Relations, School of Law

    (and as a special guest judge)

  • Ms. Rachel Griner – An entrepreneur and investor, served as an Executive on Loan to a National Human Rights Museum, more recently was Innovator in Residence at Impact Hub Dubai. Rachel works with entrepreneurs and investor groups in the Middle East and Africa.  She also facilitates workshops on social innovation, business growth and transformational leadership.

She has just returned from the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship where she was selected as one among the 1000 delegates of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, solutions, and information. (The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems).

There was no shortage of inspiration among the represented social/environmental need of each concept and neither with the enthusiasm and passion evident from the groups. Each came well prepared with interesting Social Enterprise ideas including: responsible organic farming with farmer and consumer welfare in mind, a helpline for preventing dangerous (to fatal) levels of stress in Japan, a sanctuary for elephants in Thailand that provides an alternate livelihood for the community, and an inclusive development and training program for employment of people with disability in the UAE. The winning concept, “Flour Meadough” featured a solution to address high numbers of unemployment for single mothers in Turkey via a café and merchandise model for income generation. The winners and all other equally impressive presenters received prizes from IEBE.

What seems to have impressed the judges and audience to a greater extent is that the well thought of, significantly relevant and detailed social enterprise concepts, were in fact, from first year students. A great deal of promise of a better tomorrow seems not so far reaching with these types of ideas in showcase.

IEBE is happy to welcome you in our events. For more information, students can log into: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/iebe or contact via e-mail to: iebe@mdx.ac.ae

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