“Being an entrepreneur is not just about what you do, it’s about how you think.”

Sam
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Zell Global Entrepreneurship Network (ZGEN)

ZGEN was established in 2016 by Sam to actively provide connections, opportunities and mentorship for students and alumni of his entrepreneurship education programs, including:

ZGEN currently has more than 400 alumni in 12 countries.

The Zell Entrepreneurship Program at IDC in Israel

ZEP-IDC (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya) is a one-year program in Israel designed for outstanding students who aspire to work in an entrepreneurial organization or start their own business. The program serves as a platform for the development of each student’s business venture from concept to launch. Alumni currently have 52 active companies. In the past five years, five ZEP-IDC companies sold for a total of $135 million, and in the past two years, 12 companies started by the program’s alumni raised more than $300 million.

The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

ZLI was established in 1999 as one of the first full programs dedicated to entrepreneurial education in the U.S. The institute's real-world approach seeks to prepare students for entrepreneurial careers as leaders for new venture creation and growth. The institute provides significant support and resources for students to take the knowledge learned in the classroom to launch a business while earning their degrees. ZLI is consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in entrepreneurship education by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

The Zell Scholars Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (ZSP)

Introduced in 2013, ZSP is designed to be a unique, applied entrepreneurial experience for a select number of MBA candidates with a passion for new venture creation. The program combines coaching, fieldwork, experiential learning and business services to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to develop, launch and grow successful ventures.

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Sam infuses his entrepreneurial mindset into every investment he makes. He eschews what has been done and focuses on what’s possible, applying a macro perspective to identify opportunities and risks. This approach extends deep into the culture and team at his private investment firm, EGI.
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