David Clifford

David CliffordDavid G. Clifford is a native of Cleveland and earned his bachelor degree in Political Science from John Carroll University, a Jesuit Catholic college located in Cleveland. He earned his master degree in business administration from Cleveland State University and is currently completing his doctoral degree in business administration (DBA) and interdisciplinary leadership education (EDD) at Creighton University. 

David has help leadership and management positions with Nestle and Baxter Healthcare  along with being an entrepreneur for the past 20 years. He is the CEO and President of Advantegrity LLC which works on retained executive search projects for public an private companies on an international basis.  He also chairs a peer-to-peer advisory board of CEO’s called NEO CEO.

In 2019, he founded a non-profit called For The Greater Good, Inc. as a platform to launch various social innovation concepts including the Christmas Morning Project, Hunters for the Homeless, Fresh Start and Honduran Wood Products. David is also vice-chair of parish council at St. Mark Catholic Church in Cleveland. His research interests include entrepreneurship in emerging markets, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship education. David has been lecturing at John Carroll University the past nine years in the Boler College of Business in the Entrepreneurship Minor program.  


Building the Entrepreneurial Education Ecosystem in Emerging Markets

In August 2019, St. John’s College in Belize launched an entrepreneurship program similar to the entrepreneurship minor offered at John Carroll University, a sister school of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Entrepreneurship education is the key to helping emerging markets escape the trials and tribulations of poverty. Throughout history, groups of people traveled to distant places and established colonies that made positive societal impact. 

With the advent of the internet of things, education and specifically entrepreneurship education, may be shared virtually anywhere in the world. The delivery of education programs becomes an opportunity to establish entrepreneurial business, communicate more effectively, and alleviate poverty through the entrepreneurial possibilities. This paper seeks to act as a guideline for establishing entrepreneurial programs in emerging markets with the goal of alleviating poverty through improved entrepreneurship education and monitor the effectiveness of the program over a ten year period.