88bikes Founder Dan Austin to speak on entrepreneurship

Posted September 05, 2012

The College of Business' Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy kicks off its 2012-13 Entrepreneur Speaker Series with Dan Austin, founder of 88bikes. The event will take place Wednesday, September 12, in the Hunter Welcome Center from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. with lunch sponsored by the West Texas Innovation Network.

"We are excited to welcome Mr. Austin to campus as we kick off this year's series," says Dr. Jim Litton, Director of the Griggs Center. "The program gives students across campus an opportunity to engage with and learn from a variety of successful business leaders throughout the year. We are also excited to welcome entrepreneurs and other members from our local community to campus next week."

88bikes operates by a simple principle: An $88 donation buys a bicycle for a child in a developing country. Founder Dan Austin, who practices a business model called “joy-based philanthropy,” says his goal is not only to sustain bike recipients by offering them a means of getting around; he also also wants to give them a sense of joy.

“All sponsor bicycle donations are used to purchase and assemble the bikes so that 100% of the donated money goes directly to the local economy and to the bike donation,” according to the 88bikes.org website.

Next week's function is part of the Griggs Center’s Entrepreneur Speaker Series, which includes a number of events throughout the academic year. The series brings entrepreneurs to ACU’s campus to share stories about their entrepreneurial journey, discuss current issues facing entrepreneurs, and engage in discussions with students.

Learn more about this event and the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.