Fulbright Entrepreneurship Specialist Prof Weaver Visiting College of Business

21 March 2019

Pictured at Student Pitch (L-R): Mark Hamilton (BDO), Conor Kilbride (TU Dublin student), Sean Gallagher (serial entrepreneur), Brian Lake (TU Dublin student), Prof Weaver, Christopher Mc Nulty (TU Dublin student) and Prof. Thomas Cooney (Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, TU Dublin)

The College of Business is currently hosting a Fulbright Specialist on the topic of entrepreneurship. The Fullbright Specialist Award allows interested institutions to bring American citizens to Ireland to assist with any aspect of the institutional development, such as new courses, research programs, or administrative structures.

We are honoured to host Prof Weaver here at TU Dublin College of Business, where his work over the past 6 weeks has focused on the planning of an Innovation & Enterprise Hub for the new business campus in Grangegorman. He has successfully introduced similar hubs in US universities and his experience is helping to guide planning for future activities by the College. Additionally, Prof Weaver has presented workshops for students and staff on research and publishing, given guest lectures to undergraduate and post-graduate classes, acted as External Examiner to doctoral students presenting pre-Viva presentations, worked with entrepreneurship lecturers to enhance their teaching activities and is developing co-authoring publication opportunities with his local host Prof Tom Cooney. 

Professor Mark Weaver, retired in 2015 from the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama as the Ben May Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Melton Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He formerly served as the Thomas H. Daigre Endowed Chair at Louisiana State University (2006-2011) where he founded the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. Earlier, Prof Weaver served as the Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies at Rowan University (2002-2006) and as a Professor of Management at the University of Alabama (1976-2001). He is a former President of the International Council for Small Business and in January 2015, he was recognised with the Max Wortman Jr. Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award, presented by United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

One of the stand-out events for our 3rd year Business and Management students was the Student Pitch- where the class, in groups, made a pitch of their winning idea to the panel in true Dragon's Den style format. Prof Weaver, together with Sean Gallagher (Irish Entrepreneur) and Mark Hamilton (BDO Ireland) made up the judging panel. The highly successful event was won by Conor Kilbride, Brian Lake and Christopher Mc Nulty with their business idea "Monobeat". Sean Gallagher kindly donated copies of his books to the winning teams and Prof Weaver provided valuable feedback on how the business ideas and pitches could be further developed. 

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