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  1. 1. 512445047625Dale Fickett, MBA<br />Social Entrepreneur<br />Dale has worked over the past three years to catalyze poverty alleviation through the support of local African ventures. Aside from hands-on work with micro-entrepreneurs, he has developed a conceptual model for an incubator to improve the flow of equity funding to high potential start-ups. Dale is also currently working under the guidance of the Director of Post Graduate Research, Trinity College, Dublin on the mobilisation of a new line of research on the identification and assessment of microenterprise opportunities. Dale’s passion for social engagement started at age 13, when he led an Eagle Scout project to benefit the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire). Over the last 20 years he has worked in various capacities with global development, including efforts with Trócaire, Preda, Transfair, and other NGOs. <br />Dale’s incubator model started as a project he initiated with Accenture Development Partnerships, during his tenure with Accenture’s strategy practice. Over his ten years of professional experience Dale has led numerous corporate change programmes; driven various strategy engagements in business planning, capabilities strategy, and organisational strategy; and he led critical business development activities within the banking sector. As an entrepreneur, he built a chocolate wholesale and retail business from inception – writing the business plan, raising required capital, executing the launch, and overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations. While at the Wharton School’s Small Business Development Center, Dale assisted numerous entrepreneurs on the identification of opportunities, the development of strategy, pragmatic execution of their business plans, and the application of theoretical constructs to drive additional insight. <br /><ul><li>“If the conceptual model Dale has created can be executed it has significant potential to help a large number of people in desperate need.  The key will be execution, and his ability to gain traction – to convert a powerful concept into effective action.”Dr. Ian C. Macmillan, The Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Professor of Management; Director, Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center at the Wharton School“From a background in business consultancy Dale Fickett brings a deep commitment to social justice to bear in his approach to creating social enterprises that will promote economic growth and create employment through sustainable community based infrastructure projects. I have been impressed by Dale's passion and vision for his work, and that it can make a significant contribution to the fight against poverty.”Justin Kilcullen, Executive Director, Trócaire“I’ve known Dale from his time working in Accenture and he’s passionate about the role of social enterprise in development. His social incubator and venture capital idea is interesting and would merit further investigation”Gib Bulloch, Executive Director, Accenture Development Partnerships “Dale Fickett has shown strong perseverance, intellect and passion for the fight against global poverty.  I was impressed by his concept for incubating and funding start-ups, which will be locally owned and deliver critical needs.  I am delighted to support his work – a pragmatic yet innovative use of entrepreneurship to help address one of society’s most difficult challenges.”Dr. Pat Frain, Director, NovaUCD “I have every reason to believe that Dale will be successful in...these endeavours and that he can make a valuable contribution to knowledge and practice in the field of developmental entrepreneurship. Given Trinity’s commitment to global development research, teaching and community engagement, Dale’s interest and proposed research are highly congruent with that of Trinity College and the School of Business. Over and beyond the academic promise of Dale’s proposed research, it has intrinsic value in terms of its potential benefit to humanity.”Professor Louis Brennan, PhD, FTCD, Director, Post Graduate Research Programmes, School of Business, TrinityCollege, Dublin

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