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ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France, has launched a new web series called ESSEC Knowledge Live. Broadcast on YouTube, the series allows professors from the school to provide commentary on and analysis of trending news stories from around the world. Each session will include a short analysis of the issue followed by a Q&A session featuring live questions from the audience.

The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in South Africa has committed a record R4.6 million (US$338,733) to scholarships for 2018. In addition, students now can apply for funding at the same time as they apply to the program, instead of waiting until they’ve been accepted. The amount translates to roughly 20 full-time or 40 pat-time MBA scholarships. The money will be drawn from existing scholarship sources as well as the GSB Foundation, an independent trust that works with alumni to raise funds to make education at the school more accessible. The school is encouraging historically disadvantaged South African and African citizens to apply. “Our country and continent need more skilled men and women in business to help grow the economy while also advancing the social agenda,” says Mills Soko, GSB director. “It is not right that many talented students are excluded for not having enough money to pay their fees.”

StartOut, a U.S.-based nonprofit that supports, educates, and connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs, has launched its Global LGBTQ Entrepreneur Network in partnership with Citi Ventures. The Global Network will help entrepreneurs and their business partners connect with investors, mentors, and each other. The network will feature a private global directory, online forums, and a mentorship program. At launch, 12 associations worldwide had signed on to the project, inviting their members—representing 40,000 professionals in eight countries—to participate. Those who are not members of participating organizations can sign up individually at startout.org/membership.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is still running its 2018 “You’ve Got to Earn It” video contest, open to all students and young professionals. The IMA will accept short, creative video submissions that are 30 seconds to two minutes long, in which contest participants answer the question, “In what ways does the Certified Management Accountant certification prepare you for the future, and how does it future-proof your career?” The contest remains open through January 31. Judges will select three finalists, whose videos will be featured on IMA’s Facebook page until February 26. The number of likes each video receives will determine the winner, who will receive US$2,500 plus funds for up to five people to attend the IMA’s Annual Conference & Expo in June.  The second-place winner will receive $1,500, and third place will receive $1,000. All three finalists will receive free access to the Wiley CMAexcel Online Intensive Review with CMA Test Bank. For contest details, visit www.imanet.org/videocontest.

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has announced the creation of the Women’s & Gender Studies Research Network (WGRSN), a global, online community that follows the model of SSRN's other disciplinary networks. WGRSN will include 17 electronic journals that each focus on major areas of scholarship; subscriptions to these journals will be free during the startup phase. For more information, visit www.ssrn.com/en/index.cfm/wgsrn.