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Education, Research and Service – now start-ups too?
Education, Research and Service – now start-ups too? How important is the role of universities in developing tech entrepreneurs and building start-ups?

Universities play a critical role in educating the next generation of talent needed for society. Increasingly, many universities are also embarking on various programs to help their students become innovators and entrepreneurs. How much should they focus on this vis a vis their core educational role? What are some good practices that have led to positive outcomes?

Key questions to explore
• How do we overcome the ‘publish or perish’ mindset in
academia that deters professors from spending more time on innovation?
• Getting involved in a startup while at university may affect a student’s grades. Should we be concerned?
• How should universities deal with students who want to drop out of school to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions?
• What programs are most effective in developing an innovative mindset among students?
• Should universities get involved in managing a venture fund to invest in their startups?

Feb 8, 2023 04:00 PM in Qatar

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Prof Dame Fiona Murray DCMG CBE
William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship Associate, Dean of Innovation + Inclusion MIT School of Management
Director of MIT’s Office of Innovation, Faculty Director of the MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and Development, also serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and and the European Innovation Council Joint Expert Group.
Ben Mumby-Croft
Director of Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London
Ben Mumby-Croft, Director of Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London, Ben is an award-winning Enterprise Educator with 15+ years’ experience supporting university entrepreneurs and with a previous background in creative marketing, communications, and branding.
Dr Lotfi Belkir
Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Transformation at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Transformation at the Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (SIEED), QU, prior to this, Dr Belkhir was a tenured Professor and Chair of Eco-Entrepreneurship at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where he was in charge of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program which received the coveted Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award by the International Council of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ICSB).
Dr Francis Yeoh (moderator)
Senior Advisor, Qatar Research Development and Innovation Council Professor for Entrepreneurship, National University of SG
Professor for Entrepreneurship, National University of Singapore, Senior Advisor to the Qatar Research Development and Innovation Council and former CEO of the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF), founded in 2006 to develop and implement national strategies for research, innovation and enterprise.