Executives from Facebook, Lyft to Teach Modules Miami Dade College has partnered with TheVentureCity to revamp its Associate in Science (A.S.) in Business Entrepreneurship degree, offering enterprising students the opportunity to learn from world-class instructors from companies such as Facebook, Lyft, UberEATS and eMerge Americas. “An engaged and supportive mentor has a transformative impact on a young person,” said MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón. “I am proud that MDC has been able to retain extraordinary leaders from some of the nation’s most innovative companies to mentor students who enroll in our new A.S. degree for entrepreneurship.” TheVentureCity, an international accelerator and fund for global tech headquartered in Miami Beach and Madrid, Spain, was founded by former executives of high-profile companies including Google and eBay. TheVentureCity CEO and co-founder Laura González-Estéfani is one of multiple people who will lend their expertise to MDC students by teaching modules or serving as mentors for students enrolled in the two-year business entrepreneurship degree. “This program exposes students to successful business leaders and potential mentors, whose real-world insight will be invaluable in sculpting them into future trailblazers of the growing Miami business and tech community,” said González-Estéfani. Instructors for the degree also include innovative business leaders such as Adriana Cisneros, CEO of the media company Cisneros; Francesca de Quesada Covey, the head of platform partnerships for Facebook in Latin America; Sam Cohen, the GM for Lyft in Florida; James Covey, a marketer for UberEATS in South Florida and Melissa Medina, the executive vice president of eMerge Americas. Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the U.S. economy. Small businesses, defined as firms with less than 500 employees, account for 98 percent of private sector jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Eighty-six percent of U.S. millionaires are self-made, with 21 percent earning their wealth through the sale of a business. In addition to learning from industry experts, business entrepreneurship students will develop the ability to recognize and seize upon business opportunities, build team and leadership skills, combine traditional and digital marketing to reach target audiences and, as a result, see their endeavors prosper. – AP
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