How IEEE Will Leverage Entrepreneurship to Engage Young Professionals

A new program would provide training and financial support for startups

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During the innovation feedback process held at the 2016 IEEE Student and Young Professional Congress in Sarajevo, this team discusses the financing of its startup. From left: Kemal Kujundjic, Nemanja Vujanic, IEEE Member Dejana Ugrenovic, and IEEE Member Milan Zujic.
Photo: IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina Section

THE INSTITUTE In recent blog posts, I reported on the results of the IEEE Student and Young Professional Congress, which was held in December in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The congress was more than just a typical SYP event; it reinvigorated and ignited curiosity among young people in the country. The meeting triggered a chain of events that are now helping to create the framework for innovation and entrepreneurship there.

Since December I have been working closely with many stakeholders to better define the innovation process and how IEEE and partnering organizations can help support young people in their engineering journey. At the IEEE Board of Directors retreat held in January, several of my colleagues and I emphasized the importance of leveraging entrepreneurship to engage young IEEE members and young people in general. In light of our suggestions, the Board endorsed that IEEE “create a global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.” Furthermore, it agreed that could be done by creating entrepreneurial activities in three to five developing countries.

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