Business Beyond Boundaries Program

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative staff create customized entrepreneurial thinking and innovation strategy programs for businesses.  Below is our most recent program, developed in partnership with AgroBravo in Brazil. 

The 2017 cohort from Brazil visiting Stine Seed in Adel, Iowa. Founder and President, Harry Stine, talks with the group about the latest corn research.

Brazil Succession Program

The Brazil Succession Program was launched in 2017 and includes farmers and business people from Brazil who will be taking over family businesses in the coming years.  AgEI worked closely with the Brazilian company AgroBravo in designing and implementing the program.  

The Brazil Business Succession program helps future Brazilian businessmen and women develop their business leadership and entrepreneurial mindset skills, and also develop deep and lasting relationships between agricultural stakeholders in the U.S. and those in Brazil. 

Three stages of the Brazilian Business Succession program are planned and will continue in 2018 and 2019.  Respective cohorts will participate in one stage in each of the three years of the program.  The three stages of the program will include (1) Introduction to Business Succession, (2) Entrepreneurial Behavior, and (3) Entrepreneurial Strategy. 

Program Phase

Description

Phase I:  Introduction to Business Succession

Identify and examine business succession issues and challenges.  Expose the students to a wide range of topics and issues important in running their business. 

Phase II:  Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behaviors

Explore entrepreneurial thinking and behaviors.  Assess personal strengths and weaknesses and develop an articulated means of improving high-impact behaviors.

Phase III:  Entrepreneurial Strategy

Develop an understanding of how organizations develop and maintain an entrepreneurial culture.  Explore and develop strategies for implementing entrepreneurial projects within student’s businesses.

The approach for the program is to provide balance in terms of class time, interactions with key people and businesses, and informal networking opportunities.  Class time will focus on important topics and typically involve bringing in invited speakers.   Field trips will be scheduled so students can meet and interact with key people in U.S. agriculture.  Social time will be scheduled where students will be able to interact among themselves as well as with invited guests.