2007: SOFTWARE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR STUDENTS WORKSHOPS, EUROPE.

Working with Microsoft as lead consultant, I helped formed partnerships with universities across Europe to bridge the gap between technology education and the development of entrepreneurial skills and develop the Software Entrepreneurship for Students program as a university-level training curriculum focused on developing the entrepreneurial skills of technology students. Workshops were run in Lisbon, Portugal, Poznań, Poland, Huesca, Spain, Copenhagen, Denmark and Munich, Germany.

2007: INNOVATION ACADEMY WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS, ACADEMICS AND ENTREPRENUERS

From 2007 to 2009 I was the international program director for the Innovation Academy Workshop Series which was hosted by Universities and Innovations Centers in 24 countries in partnership with Microsoft.

Academics, students and software developers attended the Innovation Academy Workshop to gain valuable knowledge and insights on best business practices within the High Value Manufacturing and ICT sectors, and covered a number of areas critical for technology based-businesses to succeed in the dynamic markets.  Attendees to the workshop were provided with practical advice in key areas such as strategic development, sales and marketing, operational management, capability development, collaboration and channel management.

I managed the global project team of 18 charged with coordinating the workshop content design, events set-up and execution across the 24 countries. In addition I personally delivered in 12 of the workshops (highlighted) which were run in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

2003: THE SOFTWARE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COURSE

In 2003 I designed the Software Business Management Course (SBMC) and between 2003 - 2009 delivered it across 33 countries as my first start-up, Agitavi International.

The SBMC was delivered to technology executives to provide them with the business tools and knowledge to determine their competitive advantage in their targeted value chain, design and execute software products, and plan for international marketing and channel promotion. Many start-ups underestimate the amount of time and financial resources required to get a product to market, and the SBMC was designed to create and fast-track start-ups by addressing the following needs of the software entrepreneur:

  • Understand how entrepreneurial characteristics interact with the entrepreneurship process, i.e. from idea, to concept, to start-up and finally to high-growth business.
  • Understand and apply tools for analyzing entrepreneurial talent and temperament and develop a personal entrepreneurial career strategy.
  • Define and distinguish between the constructs of innovation versus entrepreneurship and innovator versus entrepreneur.
  • Understand the strategic function played by business-to-business relationships and networks, and the value system concept and its role in building networks and relationships.
  • Critically evaluate value systems and identify key tactical and strategic partners and implement business network strategies that build business performance

The above photo is the key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific deliveries which included; Microsoft, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Australia's Southern Cross University, China's TsingHua University, India's Institute of Management Bangalore and New Zealand's Manukau Institute of Technology.