Thanks, Dr. Paul Harper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business for teaching a class for MBA students titled, "Social Entrepreneurship for Pittsburgh Minority Business Acceleration Initiative: Using Inclusive Innovation to Create ADDED Value for Stakeholders". Urban Innovation21 received a grant from the Surdna Foundation to work with regional stakeholders to put together a plan to determine the best process to do the difficult job of accelerating more high growth minority-owned businesses in the Pittsburgh region. One of the class' goals was to provide recommendations about the best way for Urban Innovation21 to move forward. The business insight that the Urban Innovation21 received from the class for the Pittsburgh Minority Business Acceleration planning process was invaluable. It exceeded all expectations. On the final day of class, small teams of students presented their findings to me, Dr. Harper and the class project leaders, 2nd year MBA students, LaTriece Holland and Charles Allen. The quality of all of the group presentations was what I would expect to receive from a high-powered consulting firm, not an MBA class. Because of Dr. Harper's hard work and dedication, in a very brief period, the individuals in the class became experts in different aspects of "inclusive innovation."
Thanks, Dr. Harper, class members, and Katz