Burton D. Morgan Fellowship Program
In conjunction with founding the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment (E3), Burton D. Morgan Foundation established its Burton D. Morgan Fellowship program in 2015 as a means to inject fresh thinking and new ideas into the daily work of the Foundation. The Fellowship program serves to advance the goals of the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment by converting data and information collected from ecosystem building and grantmaking into knowledge and actionable strategies for developing entrepreneurship programs in Northeast Ohio. The Foundation anchors its work in the Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem, but aims to share its knowledge base nationally and internationally.
Scott Shane Becomes First Foundation Fellow
Dr. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, became the Foundation’s first Fellow in early 2015. He conducted a series of pitch competitions (PITCH U) at area universities as experiments to determine how to best teach entrepreneurs to pitch ideas. Dr. Shane has designed and made available pedagogical materials to help teachers and instructors coach their students on making more persuasive pitches.
Greg Malkin Joins Foundation as its Newest Fellow
In September 2018, Greg Malkin became the newest Foundation Fellow. Greg, who remained in his role as Director of the Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI) at University School, worked to translate lessons learned from the Foundation’s youth grantmaking into practical advice for teachers and schools as they grapple with the best ways to prepare students for a future in which entrepreneurial thinking will be an essential skill. In addition to sharing lessons across Northeast Ohio, Greg and Morgan Foundation collaborated with Michigan-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to influence the incorporation of youth entrepreneurship into a national network of after-school programs. Greg participated in grant review activities, sharing on-the-ground knowledge gathered from years of consulting with entrepreneurship educators to understand and address their challenges. He also conducted professional development sessions with Foundation staff.
Greg worked with YEI and Morgan Foundation teams to assemble the ground-breaking Enspire Educator Conference which is held each November and attended by hundreds of youth entrepreneurship education practitioners from across the globe.