2014 Cray Lecture to Feature International Business Leader | Benedictine College

2014 Cray Lecture to Feature International Business Leader

Monday, January 13, 2014

The annual Cray Lecture at Benedictine College will feature Jan Cobbenhagen, Ph.D., academic director of the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  His presentation will focus on the entrepreneurial spirit in the European Union.   Sponsored by the Cloud L. Cray Center for Entrepreneurship, the talk is set for Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of Ferrell Academic Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Cloud L. Cray Center for Entrepreneurship, established at Benedictine College in 1996, is dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship across the curriculum, assisting area businesses, and educating future ethical business leaders through unique opportunities.  Students in the Benedictine College Executive MBA program travel to Maastricht each year, where they work with Cobbenhagen in the Benedictine College European Management Residency program.   While in Maastricht, the EMBA students plan and actually start small businesses, with earnings going to European charities.  On their last trip, the group donated their € 2,350 business profit to the Maastricht Ronald McDonald House.  Pictured below is Cobbenhagen (on the right) with Boris Blumberg, Ph.D., Post Graduate Education, School of Business and Economics, University of Maastricht, and Margo de Kock, director of the Ronald McDonald House - Maastricht.

In addition to his duties with the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cobbenhagen is also CEO of Maastricht University Holding B.V., a corporate venture firm of Maastricht University.  He is also a managing partner of Smart Capital Network, a private venture capital firm.  He also serves as chairman of the supervisory board of Balansmeter B.V. and member of the supervisory board of MAASTRO Clinic.

Cobbenhagen has previously served as the program leader for Innovation Management & Innovation Policy at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), managing director of BioPartner Center-Maastricht, associate professor at the Université de Liège (Belgium) and visiting professor at the Carlos III University-Madrid (Spain).  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management, Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Quantitative Economics, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration.  At the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cobbenhagen teaches various courses on the commercializing of science and technology and other topics that relate to technological entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been consistently named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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