The Global Scholars Program is a world-class opportunity for outstanding recent graduates who are aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, selected through a competitive application process, to develop their entrepreneurial skills and ideas, competencies, and capabilities to start a business. The Program affords these participants the opportunity to catalyze their ideas with unparalleled training in entrepreneurship, bringing together a unique group from around the world.
Entering its seventh year in 2013, the Global Scholars Program, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has hosted students sponsored by governments and organizations from eight countries representing at least fourteen nationalities. In 2013, the Program will include participants from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States.
For six months, selected Scholars study, exchange ideas, and work with entrepreneurial experts. As part of the experience, Scholars:
- Meet and engage with leading scholars and thinkers, policy leaders, innovative researchers, and business founders. Building on their existing expertise, they have the opportunity to further develop their skills in the direction of entrepreneurship and the creation of innovative businesses.
- Learn from fellow aspiring entrepreneurs from other countries who likewise aim to build companies with global vision and global reach. They learn to think systematically about entrepreneurship and the variables that may lead to the success of their ventures.
- Visit leading universities to exchange ideas with faculty, students, and those engaged in innovative, entrepreneurial work.
- Experience a three-month entrepreneurship internship at an innovative company, and understand the real-life challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.
An International Give-and-Take
In today’s economy, companies must think and act globally to succeed. The Kauffman Global Scholars Program forms the cornerstone of an important transnational dialogue that benefits all who participate.
Upon completing the program, Scholars possess a keen understanding of how they can apply their ideas, technical skills, and knowledge to create successful, high-impact ventures in their countries.