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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

The World's Largest Celebration of Job Creators, Innovators, and Agents of Change
During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators, the World Bank Group is hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of innovative entrepreneurship for development. The events are open to the public. Come and join us!

From Start-ups to Scale-ups: the Realities of Growth Entrepreneurship

A Discussion on Growth Entrepreneurship in the Developing Economy Context

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm 

The World Bank Group, 1776 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC - Room J 1-050

In the United States, entrepreneurs are often hailed as ‘agents of change.’ Public perception is that their innovations are changing societies while their businesses are creating jobs and boosting economic development. In a number of developing economies, however, entrepreneurship is not necessarily celebrated. We also have limited knowledge of the role of entrepreneurship—particularly growth entrepreneurship. What impact do growth entrepreneurs have? What conditions enable them to reach regional or global scale? What are the best policies to support them?
In the lead up to Global Entrepreneurship Week, the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, is hosting a seminar to explore these and other key questions on growth entrepreneurship in developing countries.
The seminar will also serve as a stepping-stone for a new WBG study on the topic by providing participants with an opportunity to pose questions that will inform the research design.

Speakers include:

Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London Business School
Anne Habiby, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, AllWorld Network
Donna Kelley, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College
Steven Koltai, Guest Scholar, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
William Maloney, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions Vice-Presidency, World Bank Group
Suzanne Mawson, Professor of Management, Work, and Organization, University of Stirling
Wong Poh Kam, Professor, NUS Business School, Director, Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore
Mirjam van Praag, Professor, Copenhagen School of Business

Moderated by:

Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, George Mason University, and Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network
Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies; Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution


The event is open to the public.

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Global Entrepreneurship Forum

Where Entrepreneurship Meets Innovation

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 09:00 am – 12:30 pm

International Finance Corporation (IFC) 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC - Room F8P-100

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the World Bank Group is hosting a high-level discussion on the importance of innovative entrepreneurship for development. Panelists will analyze global trends affecting emerging economies, and discuss new approaches to supporting local businesses, including incubation, acceleration, and innovative financing schemes for early stage companies.
Guest speaker Marlon Parker, social entrepreneur and founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), will kick off the debate by sharing his insightful and inspiring story from South Africa. In 2008, Marlon founded the first RLab in Cape Town as an incubator for community-driven innovation and local businesses. Seven years later, the RLabs franchise has expanded to new countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, becoming an established model of social enterprise incubation and impact investing.

Speakers include, among others:

Marlon Parker, Founder, Reconstructed Living Labs
Randall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Paul Breloff, Founding Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab
Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, World Bank Group
Diariétou Gaye, Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea and Uganda, World Bank Group
David McKenzie, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Group

Moderated by:

Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group
Ganesh Rasagam, Practice Manager, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group


The event is open to the public.


Lessons from Expert Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurship Policymakers

Webinar: Why Entrepreneurship Should Be Taught to Everyone, Not Only to Potential Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 | 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Speaker: Saras D. Sarasvathy, Isidore Horween Research Professor, University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business.
In the last two decades, effectual entrepreneurship, a cognitive-theoretic approach to action in high-uncertainty environments, has been successfully implemented in universities around the world. This approach spells out particular lessons learned by expert entrepreneurs that can be taught in a classroom. In addition to university courses, efforts are under way to create programs for K-12 and in fields outside business, such as the arts, engineering, and social/public sector.
For the webinar, Dr. Sarasvathy will develop five specific policy implications based on effectual entrepreneurship. These can be summarized as follows:
1. Teach entrepreneurship to everyone, not only to potential entrepreneurs;
2. Collect data on exit;
3. Focus on growing the middle class of businesses, not gazelles;
4. Create an experienced entrepreneur corps of mentors;
5. Learn to think about employment differently.
Put simply, effectuation enables anyone and everyone to work with things already within their control to co-create a better future. 


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