Princeton announces new programs to expand innovation and entrepreneurship for societal benefit at Engage 2020 conference

Princeton University’s Vice Dean for Innovation Rodney Priestley announced three new programs that aim to build a better future through research and scholarship at Engage 2020, the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship conference held Nov. 4-6.

Brad Smith gesticulates while speaking near cliffs

Microsoft President Brad Smith, a member of the Class of 1981, opened a session about the collaborative relationship of Princeton and Microsoft with review of the global nature of innovation in the 21st century.

“Innovation at Princeton is about bringing a positive impact to society,” said Priestley, who leads the Princeton Innovation initiative. “This is a bottom-up endeavor that is driven by the entire Princeton community.” A professor of chemical and biological engineering, Priestley is also an entrepreneur who has cofounded two companies based on his lab’s research.

The three new programs are:

  • Princeton Wharton Executive Education Course (for faculty):
    A partnership with the Wharton School of the University of
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Entrepreneurship As A Force For Good – Sponsor Content

Some businesses made rapid, meaningful pivots to addressing the crises caused by COVID-19. We can help them build a better future by continuing to support them after the immediate emergency has passed.

By Joe McGrath
Chairman of Investment Banking, Barclays

COVID-19 is a human, social, and financial crisis that has attacked more than just our health. It has attacked almost every aspect of every society. Thankfully, there are some remarkable entrepreneurs with creative ideas and unbound energy who have dedicated themselves to tackling this omni-crisis.

These entrepreneurs have been working for years to solve some of the most intractable social and environmental problems facing humanity, like ensuring there is enough food, water, and employment for a growing global population, weaning the world off its reliance on plastic, and cleaning up the air we breathe.

Now, many of them have pivoted their businesses–at an astonishing speed–to help address the consequences of

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What Is the Mexican Businessman Like? Here Is the X-ray of Entrepreneurship in Mexico

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

This Tuesday, the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico (ASEM) presented the X-ray of Entrepreneurship in Mexico , a comprehensive study from the perspective of entrepreneurs, who have founded micro, small, medium and large companies , which are the main employers of the country and an important engine for the economy.

The study was carried out thanks to the support of the technology company Akky and the research company Nauta, a benchmark in the field in Latin America. For this, 1,102 founders of companies from all sectors in the 32 states of the country were consulted between August and September.

It is expected that the X-ray of Entrepreneurship in Mexico will have an annual follow-up, “that will give us a guide to know, periodically, how entrepreneurs are

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Empowering Pakistani women through technology and entrepreneurship

Facebook/ She Loves Tech Pakistan 

In a bid to empower Pakistani women entrepreneurs and provide international exposure to their businesses, Karachi-based startup CIRCLE brought She Loves Tech – the world’s largest startup competition for women in technology – back to Pakistan for the fourth time.

An online event, called the “She Loves Tech Pakistan National Finals”, ran from November 6, 2020, to November 7, 2020, where 14 female-led startups presented their innovative, tech-related business ideas.

Enabled through the support of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), participants from 10 Pakistani cities, including Gilgit, Quetta, Multan, and Faisalabad, entered the contest this year, breaking previous records.

Judges and speakers listening to a pitch (Photo: Zoom webinar/Screengrab via

Speaking about the importance of promoting women’s participation in previously male-dominated fields like science and technology, CIRCLE’s founder Sadaffe Abid said that investing in women is critical to

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Will Google destroy Indian entrepreneurship? Many tech startups think so

Vijay Shekar Sharma, CEO of payments company Paytm, practically a household name in India, has declared war on Google for practices that he, in addition to a multitude of other tech startup CEOs, consider to be unfair and monopolistic. 

The spat has now become India’s latest tech feud.

Resentment against Google has long been simmering but out-and-out hostility finally came to surface when Paytm was taken off Google’s Play store for what the search giant said was a violation of its policy due to Paytm engaging in sports betting.

Sharma and Paytm were stunned, not just to be notified by a perfunctory email, which was then followed by a delisting, but because the accusation was about a scratch card-based cashback feature linked to a cricket game on the app, not unlike what Google itself has pursued via its own payments service in the past, according to Paytm.

Google stood its

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