June 8, 2016—In June, Florida International University (FIU) announced the launch of StartUP FIU, an initiative designed to promote innovation on its campus and in the community. As part of StartUP FIU, the school will open three incubators that will serve a diverse mix of entrepreneurs from both the university and the community. The first will be a 10,000-square-foot space on its main campus, which is currently under renovation; the second will be Food FIU, a space for food entrepreneurs to be opened on its North Miami campus; the third will be developed in a commercial building in Miami’s West End district. In addition, the school is starting an accelerator program that welcomes its first class of entrepreneurs in September. Within all of this activity, the initiative also will focus on commercializing FIU faculty research. StartUP FIU’s initial activities are supported by nearly US$2 million in grants from Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund and the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
May 31, 2016—Harvard Business School (HBS) will dedicate its new executive education center, the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, during a ceremony on June 6. The 90,000-square-foot, four-story building includes a reception and registration area, an open theater-style forum, state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, dining facilities, and an elevated outdoor terrace. It is the first building named after a woman on the Harvard campus and the first named after an American of Chinese descent.
March 4, 2016—Audencia Business School recently opened its new Institute of Finance, with the aim of bringing together pedagogy, research, and company partnerships in the finance realm. Through the institute Audencia plans to develop new finance programs that include issues such as big data and energy management, and the school will produce case studies that address the growing uncertainty around the economic and business sectors.