The Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GEL) is a course and study trip which exposes Executive MBA students to global venturing as an integral part of an international entrepreneurial experience. GEL is designed to leverage experiential learning techniques which simulate the startup process for an early-stage technology venture.
Serving as consultants to a funded high-growth venture forming in a non-national market, GEL student teams work directly with the founder and their team in a global context. Students consult with the international venture on a core element of their strategy, providing analysis and clarity on several issues central to the growth and scale of the venture. Key elements of this custom strategy include:
These three primary deliverables support the long-term sustainability and expansion strategies of a range of promising global ventures. Unlike other immersion experiences, GEL teams work remotely with each venture for several months via Skype and Adobe Connect prior to meeting in person for an intensive week of engagement with the entrepreneurs and other key business leaders.
This course is designed to expose students to the global differences in entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise development. Students will also explore their own venturing concepts in the course of the lab and test them on a global platform. Specifically, students in GEL experience:
The first Global Entrepreneurship Lab (May 2012) was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in cooperation with Copenhagen Business School, Symbion Research Park, and the Accelerace Program.