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Professor Mitchell Weiss – Public Entrepreneurship: What We Need Are More Inventors and Builders

March 18, 2015 | 6:00 pm till 8:30 pm


The Harvard Business School Club of South Florida cordially invites you to:

Public Entrepreneurship:
What We Need Are More Inventors and Builders
with Professor Mitchell Weiss
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Amidst all the hand-wringing and head scratching at stagnant government, there is, if you look to see it, also a new wave of energy. Leaders within private startups and public agencies, in this country and abroad, and for every level of government, are inventing new ways of transforming perhaps our oldest industry. They are partnering to do the people’s work, more flexibly, faster, and more openly.

Mitch Weiss will describe this surge of public entrepreneurship, its opportunities, its strategies, and some of its challenges for business and government leaders. He will pull lessons from his own experience founding startups within government, including the country’s first Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Boston’s Innovation District; and the One Fund Boston, which was established less than 24 hours after the Boston Marathon Bombings and channeled more than $60 million to survivors and the families of the victims in just 75 days. He will also draw from new efforts at public entrepreneurship across the country and around the globe, ranging from bike-share in Paris to biometrics in India.

And he will share reflections from his new elective course at Harvard Business School and what it might mean for all of us if a new generation of MBA’s take the tools of public entrepreneurship into technology companies, venture firms, and government itself.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Registration and networking
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation and Q&As
8:00pm – 8:30 pm: Networking

Cost for this event:

Government and non profit organization employees: $20 per person (Must register with .gov or .org email address)  Non-members/Additional guests: $30 per person

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Validated self parking is $10. Self parking entrance is on a private street south of Brickell Avenue with access from 6th Street or 7th Street.

Event is sponsored by Brickell Link & Private Advising Group


Prof. Mitchell Weiss
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Mitch Weiss is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. He created and teaches the school’s course on Public Entrepreneurship—on public leaders and private entrepreneurs who invent a difference in the world. He also teaches Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development, an experiential course in the first year of the MBA Program. His research interests in addition include digital transformation, peer production, innovation ecosystems, and relationship-based leadership.

Prior to joining HBS in 2014, Mitch was Chief of Staff and a partner to Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino. Mitch helped shape New Urban Mechanics, Boston’s municipal innovation strategy, and make it a model for peer-produced government and change. He also championed Boston’s Innovation District as a regional platform for entrepreneurship and growth. Mitch has presented on government innovation at 10 Downing Street and the World Bank.

Mitch contributed to Boston’s educational reform agenda, including its District-Charter compact. He led speechwriting for the Mayor’s Inaugural and State of the City addresses. In April 2013, he guided the Mayor’s Office response to the Marathon Bombings and played a key role in starting One Fund Boston.

Mitch holds an A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a George Baker Scholar.

Professor Mitchell Weiss – Public Entrepreneurship: What We Need Are More Inventors and Builders


March 18, 2015
6:00 pm till 8:30 pm
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