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BU encourages entrepreneurial spirit across disciplines; Program part of larger SUNY initiative

February 28, 2011

Press & Sun Bulletin Op-Ed

When Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other American billionaires pledged last year to give a substantial portion of their wealth to philanthropic causes, they underscored a critical truth: While financial gain may be a result of entrepreneurship, it is not the primary goal in itself.

During a recession, such fortune as amassed by these donors seems enviable. It motivates many people to turn to education as a means of enhancing their opportunities to survive difficult times and to have a chance of becoming the next American billionaire. Such students often are lured to entrepreneurship with hopes of boundless wealth. Profits — financial and personal — are an essential aspect of the American dream, both for those born here and for immigrants like me.

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