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Okanagan College Professor Starts Social Venture in Uganda

Okanagan College Professor Starts Social Venture in Uganda
It was a heart attack that made Okanagan College School of Business professor David Northcott really take stock of his life. “Having open heart surgery 18 months ago has really motivated me to think about where to focus my time and energy,” says the Penticton-based business professor.

Northcott took inspiration from the Entrepreneurship and Development in Emerging Nations course he created in 2008, which teaches students how business solutions can fight extreme poverty in the developing world. In addition to doing class assignments, students also take part in a two-week immersive field trip to Ethiopia. Partnering with Canadian Humanitarian (CH), an NGO based in Medicine Hat, Alta., the students help deliver the not-for-profit’s medical services and education programs, and complete work on their own projects.

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