Arnobio_Morelix_headshot2Arnobio Morelix is a professional in the field of entrepreneurship research. Arnobio Morelix is currently a research analyst in Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he supports the department’s research initiatives in entrepreneurship, public policy, and education. He previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Kansas, School of Business, providing research assistance for faculty in the finance and international business departments.

Arnobio is a graduate of the University of Kansas with bachelor degrees in economics and business administration. His passion lies with social entrepreneurship, where entrepreneurs look for outcomes that benefit society as well as monetary profit.

Research and the Kauffman Foundation has been a huge part to Arnobio’s life. The Kauffman Foundation is a non-profit foundation located in Kansas City Missouri. Founded by Ewing Marion Kauffman in 1966, it stands as one of the largest private foundations in the United States with assets of about $2 billion. The Kauffman Foundation’s vision is “to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged to citizens in their communities.” The foundation puts emphasis on the quality of education for self-sufficiency with a goal of preparing young people for success, whether it be for college or life after school. Many people will work for entrepreneurs, and even so, some of those who work for entrepreneurs will go on to be entrepreneurs themselves.

Ewing Marion Kauffman, the entrepreneur and humanitarian, was quoted saying, “All of the money in the world cannot solve problems unless we work together. And if we work together, there is no problem in the world that can stop us, as we seek to develop people to their highest potential.”

Mr. Kauffman also declared that:

“I think the greatest satisfaction I have had, personally, is helping others, doing something that either inspires them or aids them to develop themselves in their future lives so they’ll not only be a better person but be a better productive citizen of the United States.”

PESSOA Institute, a social enterprise founded by Arnobio, is largely inspired by the notions underlying Mr. Kauffman’s ideals. Through PESSOA Institute, Arnobio helps teach people in South America how to start their own successful businesses. PESSOA has worked successfully with indigenous populations, communities in the most arid, desert-like regions of the Brazil, and groups living in the Amazon jungle. Since its founding in 2009, PESSOA has trained more than 2,000 people in entrepreneurship and how to start their own businesses.