People often describe entrepreneurship with terms like risk-taking and innovation. They also tend to think of entrepreneurship as the work of one person—“an entrepreneur.” Individuals certainly have produced many entrepreneurial ideas, but complex and competitive markets increasingly require a group of similarly-minded innovators in order to create a successful new enterprise. In other words, entrepreneurship takes a team.
Peter Greer, Messiah College alumnus and President and CEO of Hope International, knows well the power of teams for entrepreneurship. As Hope has supported budding businesses around the world, Greer has repeatedly seen that a new enterprise’s success depends on the contributions of many—from those who birth an idea, to those who develop the business concept, to those who finance and implement it.
At this event, Greer shared his unique perspective on community-driven entrepreneurship, based both on his leadership of Hope and on his recent role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Messiah College. Through these experiences he continues to cultivate his own passion for social entrepreneurship, and he encourages others to embrace the vision of making a difference in our world by working together in business.
This event took place at the Eden Resort and Suites (222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
Watch a video of the event below or at https://youtu.be/9qYf7UwE_TI.
Peter Greer is President and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia, technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and managing director for Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda.
He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has been a speaker at a number of conferences, and he has been featured by Christianity Today, World, Forbes, CNN, and RELEVANT.
He has also written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Stop Helping Us (2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son Keith, 2014), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015) and 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015).
Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.
Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children, Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.
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