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Brazilian entrepreneurship program opens up to non-Brazilian citizens

Monday, March 5, 2012

LAWRENCE — The Entrepreneurship and Social-Environmental Sustainability Program (PESSOA) is now accepting applications from non-Brazilian citizens for the first time.

Arnobio Morelix, director of international relations of the PESSOA, will be one of the speakers in the Merienda Brown Bag Lecture Series on Thursday. The lecture series is presented by the Center of Latin American Studies and hosts the talks in 318 Bailey Hall on most Thursdays this spring. The lecture this Thursday will be from noon to 1 p.m.

Morelix will speak about social entrepreneurship in Brazil. "So far the program has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people through workshops and training on social entrepreneurship," Morelix said. "The program includes visiting environmentally-friendly companies, lectures with experts in the field and sailing for almost a week along the Amazon River to learn more about the jungle."

The three-week-long program takes place in Brazil and focuses on experiencing the ecosystem and creating social and environmentally friendly ways to develop businesses, Morelix said.

Morelix is a sophomore transfer student from Brazil majoring in marketing and economics and is one of the founders of PESSOA.

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