Professors of the Practice
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- Enterprise and Business Program
Ernie Parizeau was a partner at Norwest Venture Partners (www.nvp.com) for over 20 years and invested in early-stage companies in the software, semiconductor, communications, health care, education, and retail industries. He retired from Norwest in 2007 and has taught entrepreneurship and investing courses at Babson College, Olin College of Engineering, and Middlebury College.
Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Creating New Enterprises To Solve Significant Problems: For-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship
In this class students will explore how entrepreneurial innovators solve significant problems by creating new enterprises, and how these new organizations impact our society. In today’s society, entrepreneurship seems ubiquitous. At times, it appears that entrepreneurs can do no wrong. At other times, they are depicted as over-optimistic fools. Such polar characterizations may sell magazines, but they do not capture what entrepreneurship is, which involves a more complex and interesting story— in both for-profit and social entrepreneurship environments. Students will explore entrepreneurship in depth with the goal of penetrating the popular veneer and uncovering the essence of starting and growing new enterprises designed to solve significant societal problems.
Life of Meaning
Prepared for a Life of Meaning
In this course we will explore psychology, education and sociological literature detailing the promise of higher education and opportunities to create a life of meaning. Students will contemplate the relation between the social and economic promises of higher education and corresponding ideals of a life of meaning. Students will formulate their own definitions and goals for a meaningful life. Using multidisciplinary frameworks, students will develop skills that enhance the likelihood of leading meaningful lives for themselves and their communities. 3 hrs. lect.