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This month I would like to take a break from my usual coverage of companies and executive leaders to inform you that we are partnering with the UMass Lowell Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship to host the Executive Program, "Latest Trends in Entrepreneurship and Innovation."   The three-day program is being held on March 21 to March 23 at the new, state-of-the-art Pulichino Tong Business Center that houses the UMass Lowell Manning School of Business.

I have been associated with this great school since last Fall when I started teaching the "Global Enterprise and Competition" capstone graduate course.  This spring, I am also teaching the "Corporate Entrepreneurship" undergraduate course.  

​This is one of the fastest rising universities in the U.S. News and World Report Annual Rankings.  Its engineering program is one of the best in the nation and now, with the current leadership, led by Dean Sandra Richtermeyer, its Business School also is moving up quickly in the rankings.  It offers many innovation and entrepreneurship programs in addition to the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship.  Programs and offerings including the Innovation Hub, the Difference Maker, and the Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) have hosted and launched multiple student-led start-ups, including InvisaWear. a smart jewelry start-up founded by two graduates from its engineering school.  This has led U.S. News and World report and other publications to call it "one of the most underrated universities and a great value."

The program in which we are partnering with UMass Lowell will offer the latest thinking and trends in the innovation and entrepreneurship space.  Some of the subjects covered are: How to use contemporary tools, framework and thinking to identify, develop and build new ventures and business models; How to build an internal ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship and: How to sustain and grow new ventures and opportunities.

​The program is designed specifically for: Division and Business General Managers, Marketing Directors and Managers, Engineering and R&D Directors and Managers, and Operating Managers.  However, any executive who is interested in how to create, drive, and sustain innovation in a company will benefit.

The details and sign-up information can be found at https://www.uml.edu/conferences/trends-entrepreneurship-innovation/

I hope that you can join us in this exciting and hands-on Executive Program.


Please do not hesitate to call me at 1 (617) 391-0347 or e-mail me at mariocastaneda@bluesailconsulting.com to talk about this or any other subject.  I always like to hear from clients and readers.  


Also, please don't forget to read my interview with BostonVoyager magazine.  To read it, click here.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help in developing a successful entrepreneurship and innovation culture.


I look forward to seeing you here again in March!



Mario's Corner - February 2019.

Blue Sail Consulting Partnering with UMass Lowell Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship to Host "Latest Trends in Entrepreneurship and Innovation" on March 21-23.