A Carnival of Social Entrepreneurs- Notting Hill and MBA Alumni

A Carnival of Social Entrepreneurs - Notting Hill and MBA Alumni

In 2001 the executive and trustee boards of the Yaa Asantewaa Arts Centre in Little Venice, London embarked on a 10 -year organizational turnaround strategy and vision with a projected value of £5-10m. The Yaa was the only surviving publicly funded and formally recognized combined arts centre of its type in London. Other similar organizations had fallen to the arts funding cuts and recessions of the 1990s. The Centre has been producing a prize-winning Notting Hill Carnival band for the last 30 years.

On June 23rd of this year the organization celebrated the final stages of its strategy with the handover of keys for one of 2 buildings which physically manifest the 2001 vision in what is now London’s Carnival Village. The Yaa Asantewaa (Carnival Village) also hopes to participate in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics and is patronized by London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson MP.

Ed Gonsalves,  Co-Chair of Yaa’s Board of Trustees and MA Pathway leader (Entrepreneurship) extends  a warm note of thanks to all Regents College alumni for their participation in this success .

“ Our special thanks go to many alumni, including Nicolas Chavez, Sarah Okin, Jennifer Gustafsson,  Gozi Nwachukwu (all MBA ‘08), Jerome Ahye, Karin Jensma, Peter Lip, Lars Berg, Kerry-Ann Barrett, Daniel Werner (all MBA ‘09 ), Ane-Marte Weng,  Kristin Skinnarland (both MBA ‘10) and a few who I may have forgotten . The Board would also like to acknowledge the role of Asif Ali-Khan for enabling the development of these relationships! ”.

Over the last 7 years, students of the EBS London MBA program and members of the EBS Consulting Club have participated in, and contributed to the success of this arts-centric, not for profit enterprise in various ways, including:

Between 2004-2007: The Strategic Challenge facing the Centre acted as a live entrepreneurship  case-study for students on the MBA module: Entrepreneurship and New Business Ventures.

Between 2007-2010: The EBS Consulting Club researched, reported and advised the new management  team at the Centre on various aspects of revenue generation in order  to benefit from the £93m of travel and cultural economic activity generated during the Notting Hill Carnival Bank Holiday weekend.

In 2009-2010: EBS London MBA students delivered an E-commerce strategy for the Centre as part of their Information Systems assignment.

Ed would like to invite Regent's College London's current faculty, students and alumni to continue to contribute and participate in the next 5 years of Carnival Village’s community-based and arts enterprise, which includes the implementation of educational outreach and entrepreneurial literacy programs.

For more information about the Yaa Asantewaa and Carnival Village, London either go to carnivalvillage.org.uk or email Ed Gonsalves (gonsalvese@regents.ac.uk).