The not-so-secret to success in job growth and economic development is entrepreneurship. New businesses are more sustainable with investment dollars. In 2012, 200,000 angel investors contributed about $23 billion in 66,000 startup companies in the U.S.
Michael Szymanski helps entrepreneurs connect the dots that will lead to success. His career, which has spanned four continents, is dedicated to growing early stage companies, attract investment and catalyze economic development. His current focus is fostering startups in Africa.
Szymanski is the director of business development for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Incubator and a manager for the MEST seed fund in Accra, Ghana. MEST offers a three-phase entrepreneurial program designed to foster the growth of globally successful software companies from Africa. Since 2008, MEST has trained more than 130 technology entrepreneurs and invested in 16 tech startups in Accra.
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 18-24, 2013, the departments of Business and Education welcome Szymanski to Carroll University. He will present “Lessons for Entrepreneurs: An International Perspective” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. Networking and cocktails will be at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.
Szymanski earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford, and has a bachelor’s degree in business and psychology from St. Norbert College. Prior to MEST, he worked with the Marquette University Golden Angels Network investment group, where he analyzed investment opportunities and worked closely on strategy development with growing companies.
For more information on Carroll’s event, contact Greg Kuhlemeyer, chair of the Department of Business, Accounting and Economics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about MEST, visit www.meltwater.org.