People: Mehmet Tosun new director of Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Mehmet Tosun

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The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno recently named Mehmet Tosun, Ph.D., as Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and International Business Programs.

“Dr. Tosun has elevated our academic and research portfolio, strengthening our College of Business as one of the best in the nation for training the next generation of innovators and leaders in business,” UNR College of Business Dean Greg Mosier, Ph.D., said in a statement. “His wealth of experience from his many roles and 15 years of service to the University will truly be an asset in advancing both the College and our community.”

According to a Sept. 30 press release, Tosun is the Barbara Smith Campbell Distinguished Professor at UNR. He is also a Professor of Economics and a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA); an affiliate research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing; a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) for Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey; and a fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO).

Tosun received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Locally, he also serves on the board of the Reno Philharmonic Association.

Founded in 2014, the Ozmen Center aims to develop students' entrepreneurial skills, assist faculty in commercializing their research, and improve Northern Nevada's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Ozmen Center hosts the annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Award Competition, a contest for budding entrepreneurs, complete with a $50,000 prize to fund the most innovative business ideas; as well as the new LaunchNevada program that makes resources available to support student entrepreneurial efforts.


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