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About the Presenter

Jeffrey Robinson joined the faculty the Stern School of Business of New York University July 2003 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; an M.S. in Civil Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a pending Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. His dissertation, "An Economic Sociology of Entry Barriers" explores the processes and challenges of entrepreneurs and firms entering inner city markets. His findings provide fascinating insights for policy makers and practicing entrepreneurs. His work has caught the attention of the President’s Commission on

White House Fellowships. Fellowship Program.

He was recently named a National Finalist in the prestigious White House

Mr. Robinson is committed to three aspects of community and economic development: community building,

entrepreneurship and training has prepared spends much of his

the him time

development of social enterprises. His well for the research, policy making and these days researching entrepreneurship

unique combination of experience and leadership endeavors in his future. He and community/economic development

issues for urban areas. He believes that long religious institutions, community leaders and community revitalization.

lasting change for inner city communities is stimulated when business people work together toward the common goal of

Mr. Robinson is a 3rd generation entrepreneur. Both his grandmother and father had active businesses in the 1980s and 1990s. Mr. Robinson has co-founded two social enterprises: MBS Enterprises, LLC and Building Community Technology (BCT) Partners. As Seniors at Rutgers University, Robinson along with his college roommates Randal Pinkett and Aldwyn Porter, developed an on-campus music retailing business that funded educational programs they presented in underserved communities. As graduate students in 2001, Pinkett, Robinson, and three other co-founders launched BCT Partners, a community technology services and consulting firm that develops affordable solutions for non-profits, foundations, corporations and government agencies that use technology to support change strategies and improve organizational effectiveness. Through BCT he has worked on numerous community technology and community building projects in the State of New Jersey, and the cities of New York, Baltimore, and Atlanta. He now serves as the Chairman of BCT’s Advisory Board.

Mr. Robinson is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and the development of social enterprises. In 2000, he co-created the e-Commerce Development Program, an AOL funded entrepreneurship program in the Harlem, New York based community technology center named Playing2Win. By November 2001 the course he taught assisted 45 inner city entrepreneurs and small business owners in getting on-line and developing

business business Business

plans used in pursuing seed funding. As a visiting doctoral fellow, he teaches entrepreneurship and

strategy to graduate, & Management in

undergraduate and executive




students is often

at Loyola College's Sellinger called on to speak about

School of inner city

entrepreneurship and business strategy for non-profit organizations. consultant and advisor to several non-profits and social enterprises in Chicago metropolitan areas.

As a result, he Baltimore, New

is in demand as a York, Atlanta, and

Mr. Robinson is the son of the late Pastor Ron and Doreen Robinson of Parsippany, New Jersey. He resides in Piscataway, NJ with his wife, Valerie Mason-Robinson, formerly of Chicago, Illinois.


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