Oregon Scholars Feature Prominently at Elite Entrepreneurship Research Conference
As the school year got underway, several UO entrepreneurship scholars headed south for the West Coast Research Symposium on Technology Entrepreneurship (WCRS). UO launched WCRS 17 years ago, in collaboration with the University of Washington, the University of Southern California, and Stanford. The idea of a West Coast network of entrepreneurship scholars quickly took root and today WCRS is one of the world’s premier entrepreneurship research conferences. This year’s conference, hosted at Stanford, featured presentations by UO professors Lauren Lanahan, Alex Murray, Andrew Nelson, and Pete Younkin, who took the stage alongside faculty from Harvard, Wharton, INSEAD and other leading universities.
International Visit Focuses on Female Entrepreneurship
The UO and Lundquist College of Business hosted six visitors—four entrepreneurs and two faculty members—from Karakoram International University in Pakistan. Our guests were in Oregon as part of a U.S. State Department funded project to expand and develop women’s entrepreneurial networks in their home region of Gilgit-Baltistan, a province in northwestern Pakistan. Faculty from UO had already traveled to KIU over the summer as part of an entrepreneurship exchange. This project, funded by the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, is working to build stronger ties between the United States and Pakistan.
During their visit, the group engaged with a wide variety of individuals and groups around Oregon. They attended the Built Festival to see Oregon’s thriving consumer products scene celebrating their successes and discussing their challenges. The group accompanied RAIN Oregon leaders to Florence for meetings with female entrepreneurs on the Oregon coast before traveling to Central Oregon for the Bend Venture Conference, a premier gathering of early stage companies and investors in Oregon. The pitches, presentations, and engagements with that community offered a great example of what a thriving entrepreneurial community can be and the challenges that women in business face here in the U.S.
The group left with new inspirations for their ventures and teaching. Several also made contacts with retailers for follow up for sales of their products. All of them left with a better understanding of Oregon and our supportive entrepreneurial culture. They also took home a clearer understanding of the similarities between communities around the world who are trying to build infrastructure to support entrepreneurs.
The Ins and Outs of the Music Business
The Daily Emerald, UO's independent student newspaper, profiled the Music Industry Collective, Lundquist College-affiliated club the Music Industry Collective (MIC). The Music Industry Collective is a cross-disciplinary group for students to connect with each other, professionals, and industry opportunities. The group provides its members with the skills, knowledge, and the experiential learning necessary for a career in the music industry.
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