Elvin Guri to Teach Course on Social Entrepreneurship

January 04, 2017

Entrepreneur and investor Elvin Guri, one of AUBG’s first and most successful alumni, has remained involved with the university as a founding president of the AUBG Alumni Association and member of the university’s Board of Trustees. Next semester, besides teaching in the AUBG EMBA program, he will offer entrepreneurial insight in the undergraduate program as well. 

During the Spring 2017 semester, Guri plans to teach a Business course titled “Topics in Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship.” The course will focus on exploring and improving business models as well as considering ways to address social needs. The course will combine such diverse topics as philosophy, ethics, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. Enrollment will be confined to juniors and seniors.

Guri graduated from AUBG in 1996 with majors in Applied Economics and History, after which he worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. In 2001, he cofounded JetFinance, a consumer finance lender company. It quickly became one of the largest independent consumer credit lenders in Southeast Europe and grew from four employees to 2800. He is currently the CEO of a private equity fund, Empower Capital, which invests in growing Bulgaria-based companies.

Along with his interest in business, Guri supports educational initiatives that include AUBG, Junior Achievement, American Research Center in Sofia and Teach for Bulgaria.

Guri’s expert opinion on investment is much sought-after in discussions on the start-up climate in Bulgaria. Recently The Financial Times published an article where the entrepreneur talks about the potential for private equity investment in Bulgaria and the region.

Story by Chanko Valev with Lisa Clark

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