Babson Leads Summer Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy in Ghana and Rwanda

Babson brings a team of volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends, to Ghana and Rwanda to teach and develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills

This summer Babson College’s Provost and Senior VP, Dennis Hanno, is leading a team of volunteers including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and friends to Ghana and Rwanda this July and August as part of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies (BELA) program.

Consistent with Babson’s mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere, Babson holds one-week programs in countries throughout Africa that work with high-school students to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The week of training ends with rocket pitch competition with the intention of allowing participants to use the skills gained throughout the learning session.

Currently in Ghana, Dennis Hanno and his team are working with over 100 high school learners in a work intensive environment that not only provides valuable skills for the students, but an invaluable opportunity for volunteers to garner new friendships, be exposed to a new culture, and challenge themselves to work successfully with limited resources.

The team arrived in Ghana last Thursday, July 18th and will be staying until the 28th. A second team also led by Hanno will head to Rwanda on August 8. Earlier this year, the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy held a session in Uganda and there are plans for a return trip to Tanzania where an Academy was conducted in 2012.

Learn more about the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academies »

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By Hilary Katulak.;; 781-239-4623 | 7/26/2013 4:58 PM