October 25, 2013 – Colette van der Ven
On October 18, 2013, LIDS held its annual symposium, this year focusing on the linkages and tensions between trade, development, and entrepreneurship. With sponsorship from the law firms of Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Sidley Austin, and Skadden, as well as the Harvard Milbank Tweed Fund and the Harvard International Legal Studies Program, the event was a great success and drew over 100 attendees!
The day-long event was kicked off by Abhijit Banerjee, who provided a powerful keynote address challenging popular understandings of entrepreneurship. Professor Banerjee’s address was followed by two panels: the first focused on barriers to scaling-up entrepreneurship, and the second addressed how to better connect micro-level problems to macro-level trade policy.
Professor Banerjee spoke about the challenges of entrepreneurship amongst the poor and whether entrepreneurship amongst the poor really creates a pathway for growth. He highlighted the importance of differentiating between survival-driven entrepreneurship and growth-driven entrepreneurship and drew attention to the fact that when the poor receive micro-credit loans, they often don’t use it to expand the business but, just like the middle class, buy comfort items instead, like TVs or motorcycles.
The first panel, moderated by Simon Winter, Senior Vice President at Technoserve, … Read More »
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Challenges, an application packet, and profiles of past winners can be found at www.d-prize.org.
Proposals are welcome until the deadline on November 30.
If you have an idea and are looking for a team to work on the project with you, or if you are interested in developing a proposal from scratch with like-minded individuals, reach out to LIDS at email@example.com by October 25th.
Working on a project to help underserved communities? Need Funding? Want to recruit new members for your IDEAS Global Challenge team? Want to get involved, but don’t yet have an idea?
Then join the IDEAS Global Challenge Generator Dinner, taking place at MIT from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Walker Memorial, Morss Hall, Building 50.
Come hear what IDEAS Global Challenge and hear what other creative social impact projects teams are getting started on. This is the chance to pitch your idea and recruit teammates or pitch your skills to get hired onto a team. With the first chance to submit an Initial Scope Statement two weeks away (10/24), here’s your chance to share your idea, meet teammates and form a team.
RSVP at http://bit.ly/UPOCTN or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Generator” in the subject to sign-up for a 60-second pitch opportunity. Include the following information, choosing one of the following:
Category One – Recruit the IDEAS Dream Team
Category Two – Get Yourself “Hired”