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 joined the Foundation as its newest Fellow. Greg, who remains in his role as Director of the Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI) at University School, is helping 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 are working with Michigan-based Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to influence the incorporation of youth entrepreneurship into a national network of after-school programs. Greg participates in grant review activities sharing on-the-ground knowledge he has gathered from years of consulting with entrepreneurship educators to understand and address their challenges. He also conducts professional development sessions with Foundation staff.
Since the beginning of his Fellowship in September, Greg worked with YEI and Morgan Foundation teams to assemble the record-breaking Enspire Educator Conference which was held in November and attended by more than 500 youth entrepreneurship education practitioners. Together the two teams are now processing the results and attendee feedback to evolve the content and develop plans for the next Enspire event, scheduled for November 8-9, 2019.