Apply to the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab

Apply to the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab

The Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to launch the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab, led by Dr. Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, a visiting associate professor in Sociology. Dr. Ozkazanc-Pan and a team of graduate and undergraduate students will conduct a research study on the venture capital (VC) industry, funded by the Kauffman Foundation. This study aims to understand how bias and decision-making affect VC-backed investments. Students with an interest in understanding equality and inclusion as it relates to the VC industry are encouraged to apply. You will work directly with Dr. Banu Ozkazanc-Pan and graduate students who will help direct the VC Inclusion Lab.

Apply ASAP or by Sunday, September 16, 2018. Click on the links below to learn more and apply.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (10 openings)
Graduate Student Research Lead (2 openings)

Announcing Assistant Professor, Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D.

Announcing Assistant Professor, Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D.

We are pleased to announce Jennifer Nazareno, Ph.D. is now an assistant professor with a dual appointment with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the School of Public Health. She was previously an AHRQ/NRSA and Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Professor Nazareno’s specialty areas include the structural and social determinants of health as well as the political economy and the organization of care that shape the public-private framework of U.S. health and long-term care systems. Her work specifically examines the role of women’s migration, labor and entrepreneurship in this space.

While at the Center, Jennifer recently published a review article, Global Dynamics of Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research (IJEBR) where she and her colleagues examined the remarkable shifts in immigrant entrepreneurship, from local, labor-intensive, service-oriented enterprises to global, knowledge-intensive, and professional services. For example, some of the largest U.S. venture capital-backed public high technology companies were started by immigrants, such as Intel, Solectron, Sanmina-SCI, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Yahoo! and Google. Jennifer and her colleagues also observed the emergence of new immigrant entrepreneurs among national origin groups that historically had low rates of self-employment, such as Mexicans and Filipinos, and among the newest of the more recent immigrant groups, such as Vietnamese, Cambodians, Bolivians, Ethiopians and Eritreans. This coming spring, Dr. Nazareno will be teaching a new course that traces the U.S. history of Italian, Jewish and German immigrant entrepreneurs starting from the 18th century to today’s emerging immigrant entrepreneurial groups in various industries.

Learn more about Dr. Nazareno here.

Announcing our Inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence: Jessica Kim ’00

Announcing our Inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence: Jessica Kim ’00

We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Kim ‘00 will be joining the Nelson Center as our inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence this semester! Jessica is certainly no stranger to entrepreneurship at Brown. Her own journey began with a venture started out of her dorm room at Barbour Hall, where she founded her first company, Jessica’s Wonders (which also landed her first prize at a former pitch competition hosted by the Brown Entrepreneurship Program). She went on to found BabbaCo which she ultimately led to a successful sale to Barefoot Books. Read more about her journey in our recent blog postHer latest venture, Ianacare, is working to provide support and assistance to people caring for loved ones with prolonged illnesses in the home.

Over the course of the semester Jessica will be working with aspiring entrepreneurs and ventures and will be offering mentorship and support. We couldn’t be more excited to have Jessica as part of the Nelson Center team – stay tuned for more information about her availability and office hours this semester!