Program Opportunities

Join MIT REAP’s Next Cohort of Innovation Ecosystem Leaders

MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, an initiative of the MIT Sloan School of Management, provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems.

Since 2012, MIT REAP has worked with 70+ regions worldwide to strategize and empower regional stakeholders to implement initiatives that contribute to their economic growth, job creation, and social progress. Our current cohort include Rio de Janeiro, Wallonia, Caldas, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Los Angeles, and Northern Ireland.

If you are interested in joining our next cohort, applications for Cohort 10 (2023-2024) are due July 30, 2022.

If you’re interested in attending our upcoming event in London, please complete this form.

Apply Now for the Second Edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessForward” Campaign

Business Forward, the knowledge portal of AUC School of Business, is starting off 2022 running a very exciting digital campaign that calls for the participation of the business community.

In recent years, and even more accelerated by COVID-19, there is a movement emphasizing the purpose and role of business in society to create values, ensure sustainable development, diversity, and stakeholder interests. However, in Egypt and this part of the world, literature about responsible business or corporate responsibility and documentation of its practice is very limited. It is often mistakenly associated with charity, philanthropy and public relations.

In this edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessForward”, in partnership with The Coca Cola Company and the Commercial International Bank (CIB), the objective is to build the narrative and awareness about corporate responsibility, highlighting positive examples that demonstrate responsible business conduct embedded in the vision and day-to-day operations of the business, rather than a one-off act.

Join to showcase how your business or company helped promote corporate responsibility over the past year. The call for participation is open until February 28, 2022. The campaign ends with the audience voting on the most inspiring stories and an awards ceremony in March 2022.

Call For Investors for Africa Business Concept Challenge

We are proud to announce the second annual Africa Business Concept Challenge (ABCC) in partnership with Peaqs. This virtual business concept competition for African undergraduate and graduate students will challenge teams to design a viable business concept that addresses a locally-relevant challenge or problem related to Agenda 2063, and inclusive and sustainable development.

As part of this experience, teams will compete on the Peaqs platform in a virtual stock market on the Peaqs platform.  We are recruiting investors to participate in this crucial portion of the competition.  You will be asked to invest on one or both competition games to determine which team has the best developed idea in each phase.  The following are the times for investing:

  • Phase 1: March 25th
  • Phase 2: March 30th through April 4th
  • Phases 3, 4, & 5: April 10th through 17th


This interactive part of the competition is fun and engaging and we welcome any professionals, researchers, teaching assistants, and more to participate as investors.  If you are interested, you can complete a form of expression found below and share with your network.

The more Investors and Investor Experts in the market game, the more realistic an experience the teams can have.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email Maddie Handler at mhandler@gbsn.org.  We look forward to welcoming new investors this year and are very excited to see the ideas that are developed by students!

Apply Now for the Second Edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessFoward” Campaign

Business Forward, the knowledge portal of AUC School of Business, is starting off 2022 running a very exciting digital campaign that calls for the participation of the business community. In recent years, and even more accelerated by COVID-19, there is a movement emphasizing that the purpose and role of business in society is to create values, sustainable development, diversity, and stakeholder interests.

However, in Egypt and this part of the world, literature about responsible business or corporate responsibility and documentation of its practice is very limited. It is often mistakenly associated with charity, philanthropy and public relations.

In this edition of “This is how I moved my #BusinessForward”, in partnership with The Coca Cola Company and the Commercial International Bank (CIB), the objective is to build the narrative and awareness about corporate responsibility, highlighting positive examples that demonstrate responsible business conduct embedded in the vision and day-to-day operations of the business, rather than a one-off act. Join now to showcase how your institution, business or company helped promote corporate responsibility over the past year.

The call for participation is open until February 15, 2022. The campaign ends with the audience voting on the most inspiring stories and an awards ceremony in March 2022.

Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in this video.

U.S.-India Higher Education Collaboration and Internationalization

Miami University is excited to partner with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to contribute to the development of internationalization leaders at Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the creation of university partnerships and collaborations between India and the United States. We are seeking participants from Indian HEIs for a professional development training program in 2022. A cohort of 10 participants and 2 alternates will be selected to participate in the training course, which will require ~10 hours per month commitment from February through November 2022 (combination of synchronous virtual interactions and independent work).

Participants in the program will:

  • Become familiar with the existing scholarly literature and currently accepted best practices for internationalization and collaboration in U.S. institutions by working through an online course and engaging virtually with U.S. Senior International Officers (SIOs) and administrators in the United States
  • Participate in a virtual Association of International Education Administrator’s event in Spring 2022
  • Attend the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference May 31 to June 3, 2022 in Denver, Colorado
  • Develop campus internationalization strategic plans for their own institutions
  • Help develop a model of campus internationalization specifically for the Indian context

Interested higher education leaders in India are asked to complete this interest survey by January 15, 2022.

Learn more at https://www.miamioh.edu/global-initiatives/about/initiatives/us-india-collaboration/index.html

Bursaries Now Offered to Students Wanting to Specialize in Electricity at WBS

In response to South Africa’s ongoing power woes, Wits Business School (WBS) has introduced a new stream in its existing Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Management in the field of Energy Leadership which offers a specialisation in electricity.

Further good news is that the school, through its partnership with the South African-German Energy Programme and Capacitates for the Energy Transition (SAGEN- CET),  a programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is offering a limited number of bursaries for students who choose the electricity stream courses as part of their PGDip at WBS.  The bursaries will cover 100% of the academic fees for the seven electricity orientated courses. 

The programme also comprises four core (compulsory) modules which encompass an overview of energy value chains, issues of environmental sustainability, leadership fundamentals and financial modelling.

“We are excited to be able to offer these bursaries for our PGDip students for the year 2022, thanks to our partnership with GIZ. It is critical that we ensure a pipeline of skilled leaders who have an in-depth understanding of the electricity supply and distribution industries to take African energy into the sustainable future,” says Professor Rod Crompton, Adjunct Professor at the African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC) at WBS.

Candidates wishing to complete the electricity electives for non-degree purposes are also eligible to apply for the bursary.

WBS is urging anyone interested in applying for the bursary to do so as soon as possible. The programme commences in early 2022. 

Application Information:

Bursary applicants must complete the bursary application available here: https://forms.office.com/r/hTe66sQTz0

Note: You must apply separately to do the degree or courses here:

For Degree Purposes: Please go to https://www.wits.ac.za/postgraduate/applications/

For Non-Degree Purposes: Apply here: https://forms.office.com/r/J8hw4mRp91

For Certificate of attendance: Apply here: https://forms.office.com/r/J8hw4mRp91

If you encounter any technical or administrative challenges when attempting to register or to apply for a bursary, please contact Mandi Moyo at mandiraira.moyo@wits.ac.za.

GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellowship

The 4th Industrial Revolution and the pandemic have changed the way we work and live and has brought on a new normal in Africa and across the globe. Education is an essential tool to equip us to mitigate the challenges we will face.

In its effort to promote the continual improvement in quality learning and research across business schools in Africa, GBSN and INSEAD

are joining forces to offer a GBSN-INSEAD Africa Faculty Fellowship designed for educators who are committed to advancing the quality of their learning and teaching. The Fellowship is designed to support African faculty members from GBSN member schools to further develop their teaching practice. During the Fellowship, the Fellow will work with an INSEAD Faculty member(s) to develop a teaching resource or tool that can be brought back to their home institution and used in the classroom.

Through the Fellowship’s experience, activates and deliverables, they will help advance the quality of business and management education in their respective country. This fellowship is open to one faculty member from an African business school that is a member of GBSN and will take place in the academic year 2022.

Terms of the Fellowship

Beyond pursuing their own projects, the Fellows will be expected to attend research seminars and workshops, to sit in on class sessions at the invitation of faculty, to interact with faculty, administrative staff, and students, and to serve as a guest speaker in class if requested. This experience should be seen as an opportunity for both personal and institutional development. Upon returning home, the Fellow will be expected to share their learnings, strategies, and teaching tools with their home institution, and to maintain a relationship with the INSEAD Africa Initiative. Finally, the Fellow will be asked to write a follow-up report about their experience with the GBSN-INSEAD Fellowship, highlighting key learnings and activities. The report will be published on the GBSN website, and possibly on relevant INSEAD websites.

  • Time and work will be spread across 12 months
  • Majority of the Fellowship work will be conducted virtually
  • Potential for on-campus visit with sponsoring Faculty on INSEAD’s campus (Fontainebleau or Singapore). Travel is subject to COVID-19 restrictions and availability.
  • Other ancillary expenses such as food and local transportation may be covered by INSEAD, under specific mutual agreement between INSEAD and the Fellow.

Academic Supervisor

  • Vinika D. Rao

    Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Gender Initiative & Africa Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia; Adjunct Professor,
    Singapore Management University
    Singapore

Selection Committee

  • Mark Stabile

    Professor of Economics; The Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality; Academic Director, The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality Hoffmann; Global Institute for Business & Society Deputy Academic Director
    INSEAD
    France
  • Ithai Stern

    Associate Professor of Strategy; The Akzo Nobel Fellow of Strategic Management
    INSEAD
    France
  • Vinika D. Rao

    Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, Gender Initiative & Africa Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia; Adjunct Professor,
    Singapore Management University
    Singapore
  • Prashant Yaduv

    Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management
    INSEAD
    France

The Application Process

Applicants must be active faculty with the potential for – or actual duties of – academic leadership at a GBSN member school on the African continent. Professors of all academic fields of business and economics are welcome to apply. 

Candidates for the Fellowships should submit the following documents in support of their application:

  1. An expression of interest and proposal of personal objectives, activities, and desired project deliverables (e.g., research working paper, teaching tools, course syllabus, simulations, etc.) during the visit to INSEAD
  2. the completed application form and a current curriculum vitae
  3. a letter of support from the Dean or Director of their institution. The letter should explain the suitability of the candidate for the Fellowship and how the institution expects to benefit from the Fellow’s engagement with INSEAD.

A selection committee of INSEAD faculty members, put together by the INSEAD Africa Initiative, will review each submitted application package and shortlisted candidates will move onto the Interview Phase.

Virtual Interviews

Virtual interviews will be scheduled with the selected top applicants. The interviews are designed as a way for the INSEAD Africa Initiative Selection Committee to learn more about the applicant’s background, research, experience, desired learnings and objectives during the Fellowship as well as scheduling, timeline and availability. A major part of the selection will consider how the applicant plans to bring back value and implement the Fellowship deliverables across its home institution. 

Timeline

The goal is to begin Fellowships within the academic year. Timelines are part of the discussion during virtual interviews. Other key dates and deadlines are outlined below.

2022

MARCH 31Application DEADLINE
APRIL 4 – 8Virtual Interviews Conducted with Top Applicants
APRIL 8 – 29INSEAD Selection Committee Application Review Period
May 2Selected Faculty Fellow Announced

Questions?

Contacts for this fellowship can be found below.

GBSN

Nicole Zefran

nzefran@gbsn.org

INSEAD Africa Initiative

Jean Lim

jean.lim@insead.edu

GBSN-EPIC Fellows Program

The GBSN-EPIC Fellows Program is a partnership between the Global Business School Network and the Social Ventures Foundation. GBSN-EPIC Fellows are business school faculty members, retired faculty members and entrepreneurs in residence providing volunteer mentorship to undergraduate students participating in the inaugural year of the EPIC Teams Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program. 

The program begins this February of 2022, in Costa Rica and then expands to other Central American nations in September 2022.  The EPIC Teams Program engages student teams to ideate, incubate and pitch their social venture solutions to local poverty challenges. 

GBSN-EPIC Fellows will virtually mentor a student team of up 5 students to facilitate their entrepreneurial development of a social venture. They will then mentor their Team’s preparation for their EPIC national competition. to help them win prize money that will enable their Team to conduct a commercial proof of concept.  The GBSN-EPIC Fellow will commit to spend up to 5 hours a month for up to four months mentoring their assigned EPIC Team.

The inaugural year of the GBSN-EPIC Fellows Program has only 25 mentor positions available and is seeking those with extensive entrepreneurial experience and a passion for using their experience to make a social impact.

Date

FEBRUARY 2022 – DECEMBER 2022

About EPIC

EPIC engages the next generation of entrepreneurs in developing social ventures that provide solutions to poverty reduction challenges. Apply to EPIC to participate in a world class competition, with winners receiving help to scale their social ventures. The top 10 social venture ideas will be selected to compete in the final round Live on Zoom January 20th, 2022 for monetary prizes.

Apply to Be a GBSN-EPIC Fellow

To apply for this opportunity, please complete the online form found on the EPIC website.

Two Cutting-edge Programmes in African Philanthropy

Wits Business School’s Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) are proud to offer two new academic programmes which focus on African Philanthropy, social investment and resource mobilisation.

These are the first of their kind on the continent of Africa. The first ever Postgraduate Diploma in the field of Philanthropy and Resource Mobilisation was launched in June 2021 and the first Master’s programme kicks off in January 2022.

Course Description

The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School aims to build the skills of future leaders in philanthropy and related fields. This programme is designed for students or professionals seeking specialisation.

Course Basics

  • Duration: One year, modular format
  • Qualifications: Postgraduate
  • Programme structure: 1 year
  • Study mode: Online
  • Academic category: Specialist degree
  • Elective course streams: Philanthropy and Fundraising in African Educational Institutions, Philanthropic Foundations, Innovations in Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Public Policy

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree (NQF 7). Non-degreed individuals with working experience will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Working experience an advantage but not a requirement.
  • A level of competence in Maths and English equivalent to the SA NSC level.
  • Candidates may be required to undergo the WBS admission test.

Application Process

  • Only online applications are accepted. Click on top right-hand corner on the Wits website: Online Applications.
  • Download the Management-Part-3-Word-Format.doc
  • Please ensure that all information is correct and that you have uploaded everything on the checklist (refer to brochure).
  • Should your application be successful an amount of R15 000 will be payable on acceptance. This amount is non-refundable and will be offset against the registration fee payable in your first year.

Contact Details

Admissions
0861 000 927 (WBS) 0R
admissions.wbs@wits.ac.za

The 2021 EFMD Case Writing Competition is OPEN!

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Innovation and creativity

With the support of the Case Centre and our category sponsors, the case writing competition encourages innovative and impactful case writing and teaching. Take part in this yearly case writing competition, organized since 1988.

Join a learning community

You get a chance to be assessed by an international judging panel, who reviews more than 400 cases every year; have an impact on teaching management development and join a community of outstanding innovators.

Impact on management development

Through seventeen categories representing critical managerial areas, you can contribute to management development and some of its future challenges.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Content: The ability to create a strong and interesting learning experience
  2. Form: A good balance between a well-told story and sufficient data 
  3. The teaching notes: Accompanying each submission to enhance the learner’s experience
  4. Innovation: Ideas should improve teaching and student engagement


CASE WRITING AWARDS BENEFIT

  • SHOWCASEBe published by the Case Centre and gain wide visibility across the EFMD network
  • AWARDGet a chance to be awarded with €2000, applicable to all the winning cases
  • INSPIREImpact students of management institutions across the globe and practitioners seeking innovations
  • SHAREEngage with incumbent organisations in discussing strategic business solutions

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2021 EDITION


June 2021: Submission Open
31 October: Deadline for Case Submission
April 2022: Winners Announcement

Submissions Categories

1

African Business Cases

Cases on an African company or a multinational company operating on the African continent in any of the business disciplines, including strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, OB&HR, supply chain, finance, etc. It must deal with critical challenges, issues, or decisions that students can analyze using theories, frameworks, and analytical methods and tools.

2

Bringing Technology to Market

This category welcomes cases featuring current and future challenges of industrial companies in global B2B markets and their strategies to remain competitive. Cases can focus on industrial companies

  • introducing digital-based solutions
  • going global
  • implementing innovative business models
  • sustaining a quality leadership position
  • fighting low-cost competition

3

Continuous Improvement: The Journey to Excellence

Continuous Improvement emphasizes the need to create a culture of progress among companies, permanent change in search of competitiveness, and excellence to improve the business over time. Cases should focus on specific projects leading toward greater efficiency, productivity and the creation of value for clients, which eventually become part of the company’s philosophy.

4

Corporate Social Responsibility

Cases addressing innovative ways companies manage the demands for socially and environmentally circular business practices. Circular context introduces complexity but permits to identify practices in relation to important challenges to promote responsible business. Cases can come from any disciplinary perspective (operations, strategy, finance, etc.).

5

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial processes are present in large organizations as well as in public and social sectors. Cases which address entrepreneurship within these broad sectors are invited.

6

Family Business

This category welcomes case studies featuring inter-disciplinary coverage of family business entrepreneurship related issues. Scholars and other research practitioners are invited to submit case studies addressing various themes: strategy development of a new start-up; family business serial entrepreneurship and many more.

6

Finance and Banking

Cases submitted for this category should have a clear link to business situations occurring in the sector of Finance and Banking.

7

Hidden Champions

“Hidden champions” are large medium-sized companies which hold a leading international market position but aren’t well known to the general public. Cases focus on the challenges of hidden champions to support them in even better mastering their jobs. Topics include international growth strategies, innovation, digital transformation, marketing and sales management, leadership, and corporate culture.

8

Inclusive Business Models

Cases embracing inclusive business models, i.e. commercially viable models that include the poor on the demand side as clients and customers, and on the supply side as employees, producers and business owners at various points in the value chain. These firm-level case studies will provide insights into the effects inclusive business models have on communities, environment and profitability.

9

Latin American Business Cases

Cases describing business development in Latin America, which can feature all types of disciplines of the Business Administration (Strategy, Foresight, Innovation, Marketing, Internationalization, Human Resources, etc.) and cover challenges related to internalization of the regional companies and many more.

10

MENA Business Cases

The MENA Business Cases category focuses on the MENA region, which is experiencing fast development, and whose prospects are promising. Contribute to business cases in the MENA region and stimulate the development of teaching materials related to the main issues characterizing the region.

11

Responsible Business

This mainly include cases that address corporate governance, financial reporting and auditing, integrated reporting, anti-corruption, business ethics, social marketing, gender equality, corporate sustainability, and responsible business education and practices.

This track is believed to add knowledge to different stakeholders about the area of responsible business highlighting its extreme importance. 

12

Responsible Leadership

Responsible leaders demonstrate through example their commitment to leading with integrity and to values-driven decision making that considers interests of shareholders, employees, clients, the environment, and the community. Cases are welcome which address the challenges leaders face engaging diverse stakeholders in the creation of economic and social value.

13

Women in Business

Case studies featuring women protagonists in the business environment and focusing on the challenges and issues faced by women in business; how women either overcame these to find growth and success, or lessons drawn from having been inhibited by them. The cases can address a variety of topics and situations, such as women as leaders and entrepreneurs, gender equality, changing workplace dynamics and how to tap into visible or invisible opportunities.


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