The multi-sectorial “Echar Pa’lante” alliance sponsored by Banco Popular recently joined forces with the Georgia Institute of Technology, to train more than 110 university professors from eight universities on entrepreneurship.
The participating colleges are committed to the development of a critical mass of teachers in entrepreneurship and innovation driven by Banco Popular, the financial institution said.
Leading the two-day workshop was Keith McGreggor, professor of the Faculty of Interactive Computer Science and Director of Georgia Tech’s VentureLabs, who focused on the generation and validation of business ideas based on STEM — a program that strengthens Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the school curriculum.
The importance of developing a global business culture that strengthens the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation on the island was also discussed during the workshop.
“We are committed to developing a community of educators in entrepreneurship so that they develop student entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial universities, schools, communities, and municipalities to transform Puerto Rico into an enterprising island,” said Gloria Viscasillas, inclusive leader for Echar Pa’lante and vice president of Banco Popular.
The eight participating universities were: the University of Puerto Rico, InterAmerican University, the Ana G. Méndez University System, the Pontifical Catholic University, Sacred Heart University, the Polytechnic University, EDP University and National University College.
“We’re responsible for educating the next generation that will contribute to the world in which we live. Students should leave college not only prepared to be scientists, engineers or businessmen; but also to create jobs and become entrepreneurs,” McGreggor said.