Mayor Bloomberg Names Bethlehem T. Alemu 2012 NYC Venture Fellow

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu as one of the 2012 New York City Venture Fellows. (Courtesy photo).

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New York (TADIAS) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has named Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu an NYC Venture Fellow in recognition of her achievements as a global entrepreneur.

“This is really exciting, New York is a global business hub and I am really excited to be receiving this distinguished fellowship from Mayor Bloomberg, ” Bethlehem said in a statement.”

According to its website, NYC Venture Fellows is a selective, international program to help successful entrepreneurs take their ventures to the next level. Established by NYCEDC in conjunction with Fordham University, the program is designed to assist successful entrepreneurs in scaling ventures that have the potential to create jobs in NYC as well as encourage international and non-NYC entrepreneurs to open offices in NYC. Each year, 20 to 30 ‘rising star’ entrepreneurs from New York City and around the world are selected through a competitive nomination process. Fellows benefit from a year-long program in the city.



Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu Wins Most Valuable Entrepreneur Award

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder & managing director of SoleRebels, the Addis Ababa-based manufacturer of eco-friendly shoes, has been recognized with the “Most Valuable Entrepreneur” award at an event celebrating the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Ethiopia.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Bethlehem said in a statement. “I accept the honor with the full knowledge of having a great team beside me. That is the true power of entrepreneurship.” She added: “It involves not only an idea and a single person, but also those who will dedicate themselves to it and make it a living reality.”

According to the organizers: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.”

Watch: What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Source: SoleRebels and

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