Social Entrepreneurship Project

Seasoned Entrepreneurs Team Up for New EMBA Course

The benefits of an entrepreneurship mindset go far beyond the people
who run their own businesses. Companies increasingly seek employees who can inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in their organizations. In fact, research shows that cultivating the culture of entrepreneurship is a cornerstone for the success of any organization.

Realizing the transformative power of entrepreneurship, the American University in Bulgaria has built strong traditions in the discipline. Entrepreneur and professor Steve Keil, CEO of Xentio and Mammoth, teaches the foundations of entrepreneurship to EMBA students in their fourth semester of studies.

AUBG has now enhanced its curriculum with a new course: Social Entrepreneurship Project. Elvin Guri and Tom Higgins, top professionals in the field, will join forces to transfer their experience, knowledge and know-how to EMBA students for the first time in January 2016. Guri is CEO of Empower Capital Fund and River Styxx Capital, a former Chairman of the management board, CEO, and co-founder of JetFinance International and Higgins is an investor, development professional, Co-Founder of Yatoto, and Co-Managing Partner of Empower Capital Fund.

The unique tandem team will mentor, guide and work with the  students on inspiring social entrepreneurship projects. During the project-based learning experience and their theoretical class, the students will benefit from the knowledge, practical approach, and real-life expertise that Guri, Higgins, and Keil will bring to class.

Meet the Social Entrepreneurship Project Team

Elvin Guri’s expertise lies in the fields of banking and finance, management and human resources. Elvin is CEO of Empower Capital Fund and River Styxx Capital, and CEO, and co-founder of JetFinance International. He is involved with many educational initiatives and is a member of the Board of Trustees of AUBG. Elvin obtained his B.A. in Economics and History from the American University in Bulgaria and recently graduated from Oxford University with an Executive MBA degree.

Thomas Higgins is an investor, development professional,
and social entrepreneur, who has been living and working in Bulgaria for the past 21 years. Tom is CEO and Co-Founder of Yatoto, a social network and syndicated digital advertising network specializing in renewable advertising, and Co-Managing Partner of Empower Capital. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of AUBG, a member of the Advisory Board of Teach For Bulgaria and a member of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Bulgaria.

Steve Keil is the CEO of MammothDB, a start-up company in big data analytics, a CEO of Xentio, an outsourcing / software application development company based in Bulgaria. Prior to MammothDB and Xentio, he was the CEO of Sciant – Bulgaria’s largest software application development company. Steve is an active public speaker and  has given numerous keynotes and speeches on topics varying from HR Management to Nomadic Entrepreneurship.

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