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West Virginia investor to serve as 'Entrepreneur-in-Residence' at MSUB College of Business

October , 2011



Dr. Tim Wilkinson, College of Business, 657-2326
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


Ron Basini, CEO of West Virginia Angel Investor Network, to give presentation on Oct. 17


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Entrepreneur-minded college students and local businesses will be able to glean expertise from an investor with a strong background in funding and developing companies during presentation this month at Montana State University Billings. 


Ron Basini, CEO of West Verginia Angel Investor NetworkRon Basini, CEO of West Virginia Angel Investor Network, will be giving a public presentation at MSU Billings on Monday, Oct. 17 as “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” for the College of Business. Basini’s presentation will be at 11:40 a.m. in Room 355 in the COB’s McDonald Hall. The presentation is free and open to anyone.


Dr. Tim Wilkinson, interim dean at the COB, said he wanted to bring an entrepreneur to the university to help show College of Business students what possibilities exist for entrepreneurial-minded students.


Basini has spent 40 years building a balanced approach to founding, funding and growing new companies as well as teaching courses in new venture strategies and business plan writing at universities in the United States and Europe (Switzerland and Romania).   In the last 10 years, Basini has also lectured on business plan writing and starting technology-based companies in China, India and Russia. 


Basini has raised millions of dollars — from every source of capital — to found and develop four companies during the 1980s and 1990s.  The companies operate in import/export, manufacturing, medical network development and medical software development.  He is now using his experience to assist small population states to form integrated statewide Angel Investor/Capital networks and to participate in the founding of the Romania Angel Capital Network in Bucharest, Romania. 


He has held faculty positions at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., the University of North Carolina and has served as director of Rahall Technology Center Business Incubator and Entrepreneurial Studies Program at Concord University in West Virginia.


Wilkinson said as part of his “Entrepreneur-in-Residence” experience, Basini will visit various classes and will be visiting with some local business leaders.


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PHOTO ABOVE: Ron Basini, CEO of West Virginia Angel Investor Network