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Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? Signs point to yes!

January 1, 2016 / Posted by News in News
A study from Michigan State University found a strong connection between childhood arts or crafts education and adult business ventures later in life.  In full, the findings were so surprising that researchers concluded that not only was there a link, but that arts and crafts in youth development are actually critical to economic innovation.  This research is a powerful piece of evidence that could disprove the commonly held theory that the arts are merely an extra-curricular for students and thus easy to add or cut.
Rex Lamore, one of the lead authors of this study and Director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development met with Michigan Public Radio to give a short preview of the study’s full findings and implications it has for the future of our country’s economic growth if the arts continue to be cut out of schools.  In sum, here are the four powerful results the study uncovered:
Students who major in STEM subjects are more likely to have arts experience and background than the average American
Arts and crafts skills are “significantly correlated” with creating new, patentable, inventions and new business ventures
The majority of innovators directly connect their ability to an arts or crafts background
A lifelong exposure and interaction with the arts will yield the largest results for those in science, engineering, and other innovative positions

A study from Michigan State University found a strong connection between childhood arts or crafts education and adult business ventures later in life.  In full, the findings were so surprising that researchers concluded that not only was there a link, but that arts and crafts in youth development are actually critical to economic innovation.  This research is a powerful piece of evidence that could disprove the commonly held theory that the arts are merely an extra-curricular for students and thus easy to add or cut.
Rex Lamore, one of the lead authors of this study and Director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development met with Michigan Public Radio to give a short preview of the study’s full findings and implications it has for the future of our country’s economic growth if the arts continue to be cut out of schools.  In sum, here are the four powerful results the study uncovered:
Students who major in STEM subjects are more likely to have arts experience and background than the average AmericanArts and crafts skills are “significantly correlated” with creating new, patentable, inventions and new business venturesThe majority of innovators directly connect their ability to an arts or crafts backgroundA lifelong exposure and interaction with the arts will yield the largest results for those in science, engineering, and other innovative positions

- See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/art-in-the-news/is-there-a-link-between-arts-education-and-entrepreneurship-signs-point-to-yes

Entrepreneurship: Dedicated business leaders help new ventures prosper

December 8, 2015 / Posted by News in News

Across the crowded room a Romanian software engineer is agitatedly pointing out a venture capitalist to his business partner; nearby, struggling to be heard above the babble, two Czechs sip wine with a British entrepreneur and compare notes on marketing start-ups; to the side, everyone seems to want to meet a young German.

Read more here:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/577ae07c-1c44-11e2-a63b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ESQYQWm9

Apply now for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Internship

December 1, 2015 / Posted by News in News

The Simonyi Center is accepting applications for summer 2016. Send your name and letter of interest to simonyicenter@gmail.com.

Art Exposure Leads to More Patents

November 26, 2015 / Posted by News in News

Good news for parents: Those piano lessons or random toy parts littering your floors may one day lead to the next scientific breakthrough.

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/a-young-picasso-or-beethoven-could-be-the-next-edison/

APPLY NOW: Simonyi Center Internship Opportunities Available 2016

November 15, 2015 / Posted by News in News

Five times every year University of Pecs and Ohio University students convene in Pecs for two 6-week consulting programs working with start ups, existing businesses, non-profits, and the university intellectual property. Both Ohio and Pecs students receive internship credit for the experience.

The Hungarian, American, and International students are assembled into teams and assigned clients. The clients consist of high technology businesses, start-ups, local and international companies. Students need to immediately bond and creatively work together to understand these businesses, define problem(s) and then propose recommendations/solutions to the businesses.

• 6 weeks of extensive consulting experience in a multicultural environment
• Exposure to a wide variety of business problems in an international setting
• Exposure to the world of innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship
• Client interaction with real businesses and entrepreneurs
• Real-world application of your business knowledge and skills in the afternoons with regional business
• The basics of business planning, feasibility studies and structuring companies for financing
• Work in teams with students from University of Pecs and the US
• A great resume building experience
• Lifelong friendships, international business contacts and references
• Fun cultural activities outside of work (international culinary festival, music festivals, short weekend trips)

What we want:
• Sophomore/Junior/ or Senior students
• Students interested in application of classroom learning to real businesses.
• Highly motivated conscientious people
• Good academic standing with their college
• Strong interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and commercialization
• Positive attitude
• Hard workers who also enjoy fun
• Students that are open-minded and open to new experiences
• Students eager to get real-world business experience
• Students who want to learn about doing business in a foreign country
• Flexibility to work outside you field of interest
• No previous consulting experience required.

Application to the Program:
Students interested should send a brief email stating their interest in the program, along with a resume to INFO@simonyicenter.com immediately. Students will be selected based on criteria above and an interview with the Program Director.

Simonyi Center Innovation & Commercialization Summer Initiatives Launched

June 15, 2015 / Posted by News in News

The 8th Annual Summer Innovation & Commercialization Initiatives Launched June 13 with the arrival of US Professionals, Executive Mentors from California’s Silicon Valley, and Students from Ohio.  The initiatives partner with Hungarian Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, Research & Innovation, and Students from University of Pecs to turn ideas into opportunities and then into the commercial market place.  This world class program has been recognized as the model for commercialization in under served areas such as Hungary and other areas of Eastern Europe that lack a capital continuum.  The model has been widely used in the United States and the Simonyi Center has assisted with the implementation in India, Nicaragua, Botswana, and Slovakia.   More information to follow as the program progresses.

Simonyi Center endorses Blue Economy Summer School

June 5, 2015 / Posted by News in News

The current and the permanently returning global economic and social crises suggest that usual handling of the problems does not provide long-term solutions. Scientists, researchers, politicians and social networks became aware of this situation and now are trying to work out models for the future.

The Alternative Economics Summer School is introducing these ideas to the participants and will discover some in-depth details behind the surface. Our aim is to establish a new way of thinking of the current and new generations of business professionals.

In 2012 the program will focus on the concept of the Blue Economy formed by Günter Pauli which is a radically new way of looking at business. The 100 models of different innovations were presented as a Report to the Club of Rome in 2009.

Read more here.

http://bess.ktk.pte.hu/the_blue_economy_concept

Entrepreneurship education is being increasingly promoted in most European countries, according to a new commission report.

May 4, 2015 / Posted by News in News

It says that seven countries (Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Wales, plus the Flemish part of Belgium) have launched specific strategies to promote entrepreneurship education.

Others (Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey) include it as part of their national lifelong learning, youth or growth strategies, it says.

Half of European countries are engaged in a process of educational reforms which include the strengthening of entrepreneurship education.

A total of 31 European countries and five regions were surveyed for the report, entitled “Entrepreneurship education at school in Europe”.

Reaction came from Androulla Vassiliou, EU commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, who said, “Entrepreneurship education is a driver for future growth and will help us to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

“If Europe wants to stay competitive, it must invest in its people, in their skills, in their ability to adapt and in their ability to innovate.

“This means that we need to encourage a real change of mind-set in Europe towards entrepreneurial attitudes and this starts by instilling a spirit of entrepreneurship from early education onwards.”

The report states that entrepreneurship education is explicitly recognised in the primary education curricula of two-thirds of the countries surveyed.

While entrepreneurship is not taught as a separate subject in primary schools, half of the countries have defined learning outcomes which relate to entrepreneurial attitudes and skills such as sense of initiative, risk-taking and creativity.

In secondary education, half of the countries integrate entrepreneurship into compulsory subjects such as economics and social sciences.

Two countries (Lithuania and Romania) teach entrepreneurship as a compulsory separate subject. Practical entrepreneurial skills are specified by four countries (Lithuania, Romania, Liechtenstein and Norway).

The report says that a dozen countries support initiatives related to entrepreneurship education such as enhancing closer cooperation between education and business, and setting up small-scale firms run by students.

However, specific teacher training in this area is available only in the Flemish community of Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

Only one third of European countries provide central guidelines and teaching materials for entrepreneurship education.

The EU promotes entrepreneurship as a ‘key factor’ for competitiveness and has highlighted the importance of promoting a European entrepreneurial culture.

The need to improve the entrepreneurial and innovative capabilities of citizens is also underlined in three of the flagship initiatives in the Europe 2020.

As part of this, the commission set up a working group on entrepreneurship education in November 2011. The aim is to support efforts by member states to implement entrepreneurship education.

State Agencies Sign Anti-Corruption Agreement

November 19, 2014 / Posted by News in News

Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics, State Audit Office head Laszlo Domokos and Chief Prosecutor Peter Polt signed an anti-corruption agreement on Friday morning.

Supreme Court president Andras Baka had signed the agreement at an earlier date.

Corruption is the greatest danger to Hungarian democracy and such an agreement is unprecedented not only in Hungary but also around the world, Navracsics said. The agreement respects the independence of the affected institutions, he added.

The signing ceremony was also attended by the ambassadors of the US and the UK.

Simonyi Center at the Hungarian Kairos Summit, November 17-18

November 16, 2011 / Posted by News in News

The Global Entrepreneurship Week gives an excellent opportunity to bring together the brightest young entrepreneurs in order to work on the most challenging global issues together with the world’s leaders. It’s our honor that Hungary will be the first host of a Kairos event that is orgnized during the GEW. Our hope is that the Hungarian Kairos Summit will begin a series of Kairos events that will be organized in association with GEW and hosted by varying Kairos chapters year by year.

The first day of the Summit will be held in beautiful Le Meridien Hotel in the heart of Budapest.  The second day will be held in Győr (West-Hungary) in the InnoNET Innovation Technology Center:

The Kairos Society is an international, student-run, not-for-profit foundation based in the United States. Kairos fosters a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurship by engaging our diverse fellows with a variety of industry and thought leaders surrounding a wide range of global challenges.

The Hungarian Kairos Summit is dedicated to support the endeavor of Kairos Society, e.g. to catalyze an economy of innovation by fostering a global community of top student entrepreneurs and change makers, driven to individual and collective action towards a better future.

The Simonyi Center in Pécs, Hungary facilitates the transformation of Hungarian and Eastern European economies from a post-socialist to a western capitalist approach. The Simonyi Center offers business development and assistance services to entrepreneurs and organizations in the fields of cultural arts, sciences and innovation as well as business. Services are offered to Pécs and the surrounding region.

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