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Posted 11.22.11

Fulbright award recipient Michael E. Goldberg, an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, in a few weeks will teach entrepreneurial finance at Vietnam’s National Economics University in Hanoi. Goldberg and his family will move there in January for the five-month duration of the award.

Goldberg is a co-founder of the Bridge Investment Fund, which is a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have strong synergies with Cleveland’s thriving healthcare sector. He also recently became a senior advisor to Kaiwu Capital, a China-based venture capital fund. He has taught courses on entrepreneurial finance at Weatherhead since 2009.

The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sponsors America’s flagship international educational exchange program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, and for their demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. It operates in over 155 countries.

Goldberg will lecture on expanding access to early stage capital in Vietnam and will work closely with leading Vietnamese venture capital funds and entrepreneurs to develop his courses at National Economics University (NEU). With over 45,000 students, NEU is one of the most prestigious economics universities in Vietnam.

“There is a growing interest among companies in Cleveland and my students at Weatherhead in increasing their understanding of the market dynamics of emerging economies in Asia, such as Vietnam and China,” Goldberg said. “The Fulbright award and my new partnership with Kaiwu Capital in China will enable me to help better connect my students, portfolio companies and network in Cleveland to expanding opportunities in Asia.”

Goldberg recalls that during his first visit to Vietnam in 1998, the Southeast Asian nation was transitioning from its centrally planned economy to a market-oriented economy. His discussions with leading business administration programs and investors in Vietnam revealed great interest in the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance.

A native of Cleveland, Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies  (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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