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Fostering Entrepreneurship in China

Dean Yortsos meets with the China and East Asia Advisory Boards, helps establish Entrepreneur Executive Club

December 04, 2014 —
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 The China East Asia Advisory Board and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos made the long journey across the Pacific Ocean to meet with the China and East Asia Advisory Board on Oct. 31, 2014 at the China Club in Hong Kong. The China and East Asia Advisory Board includes members from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong as well as Taiwan and South Korea. This annual meeting fosters the relationship between the Board and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, allowing members to ask questions and get updates on recent USC Viterbi news.

To that end, Dean Yortsos presented to the board members, many of whom are USC parents and alumni, his Fall 2014 Dean’s Report, covering recent highlights and accolades in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering: the groundbreaking of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, the construction of a new University Village, as well as the many achievements of the USC Viterbi Student Innovation Institute (VSI2) and the USC Viterbi Startup Garage; the Maseeh Entreprenuership Prize CompetitionHealth, Technology and Engineering (HTE@USC); and the USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program, among many others.

Following Dean Yortsos’ presentation, the board, chaired by Feng Deng, gave their input on the presentation and the progress of the School. Afterwards, the meeting transitioned to the establishment of an exciting new opportunity for Chinese entrepreneurs: the Entrepreneur Executive Club, to be called E-Club for short.

Attendees discussed establishing this new E-Club in Beijing. The founding members will soon decide the details of the group including fees, participants, the capital of the company, and how many cities will be included.

The E-Club will be independent, yet still part of the USC Family. Many of the Board members will support the young entrepreneur members.