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Berks awarded National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Grant

Penn State Berks has been awarded a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Course and Program grant in the amount of $31,700 for their proposal titled "Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education Program (IEEP)."

Dr. Janelle Larson, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Division Head for Engineering, Business and Computing, and Dr. Sadan Kulturel-Konak, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems and coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Minor, submitted the grant proposal.

This grant will support the development of international and interdisciplinary virtual entrepreneurship teams (e-teams), which bring multidisciplinary faculty, students, and industry mentors together. These e-teams will focus on economic, social, and environmental issues in two settings: a multi-faceted program for former street children in Kenya and the Latino community of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Penn State Berks seeks to collaborate with NCIIA to create the "Internationalizing Entrepreneurship Education Program (IEEP)" in an effort to set and create the "culture" of the new Entrepreneurship minor. The main objectives of this program are:

-to globalize the minor at Penn State Berks through innovative programs and faculty enrichment in order to prepare students to be independent world-class innovators,

-to build an ongoing program educating and engaging Penn State Berks and Kenyan university students in international and interdisciplinary projects while exploring technology-based solutions for participating communities' challenges,

-to foster a sense of responsibility for environmental sustainability and the welfare of others locally and internationally by creating virtual e-teams working on appropriate projects.

NCIIA's mission is to support technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges to create experiential learning opportunities for students, and successful, socially beneficial businesses.

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