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Entrepreneurship talks set, Oct. 4-Nov. 13

Longtime entrepreneur and business school professor Julian Lange will lead a series of five public workshops beginning Thursday, Oct. 4, that explore the application of entrepreneurial principles in a variety of settings beyond startup ventures.

Lange, a professor of entrepreneurship and public policy at Babson College, currently is serving as the inaugural Dean's Professor in Entrepreneurship in Princeton's Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, which is sponsoring the workshops.

The workshops will feature discussions with leaders who have used the entrepreneurial process to effect major changes in government, large corporations, not-for-profit organizations, higher education and economic development. The sessions will explore how the central themes of the entrepreneurial process -- including recognizing opportunity, leveraging resources and creating value for stakeholders -- can be applied in business and non-business contexts to achieve objectives and build value.

The first workshop, "Entrepreneurship in Government," will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Bowen Hall auditorium. The featured guest speaker will be Craig Benson, former governor of New Hampshire and co-founder of Cabletron Systems, one of the first major providers of computer networking equipment.

Additional events in the series, all beginning at 4:30 p.m., will take place Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Nov. 8 and Nov. 13. Future guest speakers include Walter Skowronski, president of Boeing Capital Corp. and senior vice president of Boeing Co.; Peter Kellner, a 1991 Princeton graduate and co-founder of Endeavor, an organization that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries; Edward Felten, Princeton computer scientist and director of the Center for Information Technology Policy; and Nancy Malkiel, Princeton's dean of the college. More details are available at commons.princeton.edu/ciee/2007/09/workshop_series_2007.html.

Lange earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton in 1965 as well as an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the founder and president of the Chatham Associates management consulting firm. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of Software Arts Inc., which created VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet. His research interests include financing high-growth entrepreneurial ventures and the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities presented by the Internet.

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