Fulbright Entrepreneurship

Scholars and Students use their #Fulbright experience to design innovative solutions to the world's most pressing problems.


  1. In 2012, Michael Goldberg headed to Vietnam as a Fulbright Scholar and became fascinated by the entrepreneurial spirit around him. After conducting a seminar for the Vietnamese National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, he started to think about how he could help others create successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in transitioning markets around the world. Inspired by his Fulbright experience in Vietnam and the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs), he developed a MOOC called Beyond Silicon Valley to encourage entrepreneurs in transitioning economies.
  2. Goldberg later went to Namibia as a Fulbright Specialist in 2015, where he led discussions and workshops on growing entrepreneurship in the country and examined how governments and donors can support the formation and growth of seed accelerators. He also led a social entrepreneurship bootcamp in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, encouraging the participants to think about how to create a business plan that doesn't rely on traditional donor based funding.
  3. "As a Fulbright Specialist, I had an opportunity to see the concepts I teach in my classes implemented in real life with some amazing young businesspeople," he noted. "I look forward to seeing their businesses grow and take pride in the small part I was able to play in their success."
  4. After returning from Namibia, Goldberg connected with fellow Fulbrighter Daniel Lacks, a 2013-2015 awardee to Burma. Golberg put Lacks in touch with Maria Newaya, a Namibian student from his popular MOOC, Beyond Silicon Valley. This connection led to a rural community without electricity receiving solar panels. Goldbery spoke of the entrepreneurship community found in his MOOC, saying, "I am...able to help make connections between students and people in my network, like Maria and Dan. Directly and indirectly, many entrepreneurs have discovered resources and people who can help them test their business hypotheses, attract new customers, and raise investment capital."
  5. During his 2015 Fulbright U.S. Student award in Uganda, Ty Van Herweg founded Wakabi Boda Solutions, a multipurpose transportation company. A cross between Uber and FedEx, Wakabi provides on-demand transportation for rural Ugandans through boda bodas, local motorcycle taxi drivers. Van Herweg credits his success to his network of supporters, saying, "I believe your worth is only as strong as your network and that’s honestly what helped this become a reality. People are your most valuable resource in a company, and our current team gives us our best chance of going big."
  6. In June 2016, over 100 Fulbright Foreign Students gathered in Pittsburgh for the 2016 Lab to Market: Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Enrichment Seminar. There they learned about how technological advances can support achievements across scientific and business disciplines. The seminar included discussions with Pittsburgh-based entrepreneurs who are bringing technological products and services to the marketplace.
  7. When Brinkley Warren went to New Zealand as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in 2012, he wanted to explore entrepreneurship as art form and art as entrepreneurship. He and led a team of Kiwis (native New Zealanders) into what became New Zealand’s first technology accelerator. "It was a thrilling experience to launch such an impactful creative venture during my Fulbright," Warren said. "I love tech entrepreneurship because it’s the best way to make bold creative ideas come to life that positively impact the future of humanity. My Fulbright experience helped to galvanize my role as a startup artist."
  8. 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Garrett Dowd is heading to University College, London to explore the social entrepreneurship movement. “This opportunity in London is a perfect fit for me," he says.
  9. Garrett Dowd: UA's latest Fulbright Scholar
  10. John Norton, 2013 Fulbright Specialist to Indonesia, worked with Universitas Ciputra, which is dedicated to training world-class entrepreneurs. Norton worked with Ciputra’s leadership to exchange best practices, build research and teaching relationships between their respective universities, help connect UC with other American entrepreneurship scholars, and promote the discipline and practice of entrepreneurship in Indonesia.
  11. Fulbright Foreign Student from Australia Dean Jarrett received the 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship to advance his research into the socio-economic and cultural impacts of indigenous entrepreneurship and social enterprise. "I’m interested in the link between business and those broader socio-cultural impacts – the success not just of the business but of the community," he said.
  12. On Monday, May 11th, the White House brought together emerging entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world to highlight the importance of investing in women and young entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty, climate change, extremism, as well as access to education and healthcare.
  13. Ziad Sankari, a Fulbright Foreign Student Program alumnus from Lebanon, was one of the featured entrepreneurs that participated on a panel with members of “The Shark Tank,” Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, and Daymond John. Two other Fulbrighters also participated in the event, Jennifer Farrell, a Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumna who went to Bangladesh, and Fulbright Foreign Student from Colombia, Silvia Tijo. (All three are pictured below)
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