Boston University School of Management Hires Renowned Venture Capitalist
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Vinit Nijhawan to Teach Entrepreneurship Course and Conduct Research on New Business Models to Attract Investment BOSTON--(Business Wire)--Boston University School of Management announced that Vinit Nijhawan, a highly-successful venture capitalist and CEO of technology startups, has joined the ITEC entrepreneurship education and research center as Lecturer and Executive-in-Residence. Through Boston University's Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC), Mr. Nijhawan will focus his research and teaching on innovating new business models in the private equity and venture capital markets. His research interests include the analysis of current venture capital market activity as compared with other time periods and other global locations. He will teach a graduate course, Starting New Ventures, during the spring 2008 semester. The class will focus on what makes venture capital and private equity practitioners successful. "I have been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist for more than twenty five years and I am delighted to join the amazing team at ITEC under the leadership of Jonathan Rosen to bring that knowledge and experience to MBA students and to contribute to ITEC's research projects," said Mr. Nijhawan. "Peter Russo, ITEC Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, and I have been collaborating for several years while I was President of TiE-Boston. This led me to appreciate the desire of internationally diverse students at Boston University to emulate the American dream and become entrepreneurs." "The addition of Vinit Nijhawan to the ITEC Team significantly advances every facet of our entrepreneurship program," said Jonathan Rosen, ITEC Executive Director. "For our students, Vinit brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is eager to share through his teaching, mentoring, and career counseling. Vinit also brings a research perspective that will help us design and implement new business models for the next generation of sustainable and socially responsible enterprises. We are delighted that Vinit has accepted our invitation to join us and we are excited about this opportunity to work together." Mr. Nijhawan has more than 20 years of experience building four startups. He was CEO of two, three were acquired, and the fourth now employs over 400 people. Recently, he spent two years as a Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners, where he sourced over 200 deals and made one investment. Vinit's VC blog (with emphasis on US, India, China): http://entremeister.typepad.com/vinit_nijhawan/ "Vinit's experience and research in the areas of business models in the private equity and venture capital markets is extremely complementary to our direction," said Peter Russo. Mr. Nijhawan is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. He has participated in more than 100 panel discussions and paper presentations, and is Chairman of TiE-Boston and a Board of Trustee member of TiE Global, a non-profit that fosters entrepreneurship globally. Mr. Nijhawan earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. "Under Dean Louis Lataif's leadership, Boston University School of Management has become a top ranked MBA program and I want to support the effort to make it the first choice for budding entrepreneurs and venture capitalists," said Mr. Nijhawan. ITEC is located in the School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. For more information, please email ITEC@bu.edu or visit bu.edu/ITEC. About Boston University School of Management Founded as the College of Business Administration in 1913, Boston University School of Management develops builders and leaders for the networked-era, emphasizing the fusion of the art, science, and technology of business. The School's holistic approach prepares the next generation of business leaders for a world that values management as a system of interdependent functions, decisions, people, and technologies. It is the worldwide leader in offering a unique MS--MBA program, a rigorous dual degree and next-generation MBA fusing a traditional management education with expertise in the information technologies that are transforming all businesses. The School also offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate management degree programs and executive education. For more information, visit http://management.bu.edu. About the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization The Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) offers a new model for entrepreneurial research, education and commercialization. Housed at the School of Management, ITEC promotes cross campus exchange among students, faculty and alumni across all 17 schools and colleges at the university. We are dedicated to the new entrepreneur who is pursuing technologies, products, and services that meet pressing global needs in healthcare, life sciences, alternative energy, and many other sectors. We are focused on providing the resources to empower these new entrepreneurs to work collaboratively, across the university and around the world, to achieve great things and realize their dreams. For more information, visit www.bu.edu/ITEC. Peter Arnold Associates Laure Kesner, 781-239-1030 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008
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