Georgian grad participates in exclusive global conferences
October 24, 2013


Alumnus Alex Brown, pitching an idea to a panel of judges at the Global Startup Youth conference

Alex Brown, who graduated from Georgian’s Business Administration program in 2007, just got back from a trip to Kuala Lumpur, where he attended two exclusive conferences.

“About 6,000 people applied to attend the Global Startup Youth conference in Malaysia and I was one of 250 delegates selected from 105 countries for an all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend,” he explains. “It was so great to speak to people with similar interests and ideas as me.”

Organized by Startup Malaysia as a pilot projet, the three-day conference involved exciting workshops, inspirational speakers, and great discussion.

“I was matched with young leaders from eight different countries,” says Alex. “We were given a world issue and then asked to design an app to help solve it – which we then pitched to accomplished judges from Up Global, Startup Nations, and other great organizations.”

If anyone understands the importance of ideas, it’s Alex. As an entrepreneur with two businesses of his own, he thinks of creativity as an invaluable asset. He is also the NextGen program leader for Startup Canada, an organization devoted to creating small business opportunities, and sees ideas as a vehicle for helping young people achieve their dreams in entrepreneurship.

“All the attendees from Global Startup were also invited to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an initiative led by President Obama,” says Alex. “The keynote speaker was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was incredible – I left feeling totally inspired.”

Alex credits Georgian College with giving him the foundation he needed to succeed in his career and pursue his goals. He looks forward to the next opportunity to connect with leaders in entrepreneurship from across the world.