Brandeis International Business School

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship serves as Brandeis IBS's platform to examine and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders.

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship provides a diverse range of learning experiences through courses, seminars and conferences, internships, business plan competitions, field visits, and meetings with global entrepreneurs.

The center was established by Leonard J. Asper '86, the current CEO of Anthem Media Group and the former president of CanWest Global Communications, Canada's largest media conglomerate. He led efforts in 2004 to create the Asper Forum and the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship, presented to an entrepreneur who achieves outstanding success in the global marketplace through creative marketing and business strategies.

Faculty Director: Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres

Ben Gomes-Casseres is an authority on strategy and innovation. He is best known for his pioneering work on strategic partnerships, alliance management, and network competition. He has researched these topics for 30 years, taught them to MBAs and executives, and consulted with major companies worldwide. His views appear regularly in the Harvard Business Review, and he is often cited in the press, including in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ben is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a consultant and executive trainer to global companies.

Brandeis IBS Innovation

Campus Resources for Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Innovation at Brandeis

Brandeis Innovation offers training, mentorship, pitch competitions, and commercialization assistance to the entire Brandeis community of students, faculty and staff. 

The Office of Technology Licensing provides support and infrastructure to Brandeis investigators for technology development, commercialization and the development of products. The department offers two grant programs, such as the SPARK and SPROUT Programs, which are are seed funding opportunities designed to "step-up" selected Brandeis technologies and make them more attractive for licensing and commercial development.

Brandeis MakerLab

Supporting educational, social and technological innovation, the Brandeis MakerLab is oriented around a vision of social justice designed to support makers who mend. They collaborate on computing projects to develop new forms of culture and craft in a community-centered setting.

MassChallenge

MassChallenge strengthens the global innovation ecosystem by accelerating high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world for zero-equity taken.

3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment.

The Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship

The Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship is given annually to a person that best exemplifies the Asper Center's values of entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking at Brandeis International Business School (IBS).

2018
Udi Mokady and Lior Div
CEO of CyberArk and CEO of Cybereason

2015
John Harthorne and Akhil Nigam
Co-founders, MassChallenge

2014
Diane Hessan
Chairman, Communispace

2013
Brian Lash '78
Founder, Target Companies

2011
Helen Greiner
Co-Founder of iRobot, Founder/CEO of CyPhyWorks

2010
Shai Agassi and Michael Granoff
Better Place

2009
Linda Rottenberg
CEO and Co-Founder, Endeavor Global

2008
Jon L. Luther
Chairman and CEO, Dunkin' Brands

2006
Jeffrey Briggs, Sid Meier and Jonathan Plutzik '76
Firaxis Games

2004
FUBU

The Brandeis Alumni Entrepreneurship Award

The Alumni Entrepreneurship Award is given annually to a Brandeis IBS graduate that best exemplifies the Asper Center's values of entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking.

2015
Sam Sisakhti, MA '07
Founder and CEO of UsTrendy

2014
Paul Walborsky BA/MA '89
CEO, GigaOM

2013
Zenobia Moochhala, MA '98
Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Care.com