SME World Forum

SME Knowledge Exchange enhances learning and provides our members with new knowledge, perspectives; practice and policy are informed by research and vice versa. SME Knowledge exchange is often the starting point for collaborative adaptation efforts that cross traditional sectoral and disciplinary boundaries.

Below you will find a calendar of our upcoming Exchange sessions via our online webinar technology and is FREE to ACCESS. Please register and share it with your networks! As you scroll down, you will find the library of our most successful sessions.

Upcoming Exchange Sessions

Disadvantaged Entrepreneurship: a Human Perspective | Entrepreneurs désavantagés : une Approche Humaine

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Entrepreneurship is above all, a state of mind, a way of doing, a possibility to unleash your
own creativity.

Barriers to entry have never been so low and supports have implemented an ecosystem increasingly promising and attractive. The dream to be our own boss, to create your own job but also to give a job to others. This dream is accessible to people from all sides, of all ages, beliefs, and origins. To these disadvantaged people, entrepreneurship appears a solution to create their own jobs, provide for themselves, and establish their own social and professional networks. In this webinar, we will highlight these special entrepreneurs, the new heroes!

L’entrepreneuriat est avant tout un état d’esprit, une façon de faire, de laisser cours à sa créativité.

Les barrières à l’entrée de la création d’entreprise de plus en plus faibles et les aides de plus en plus adaptées aux entrepreneurs permettent de mettre en œuvre un écosystème de plus en plus prometteur et attractif. Le rêve de devenir son propre patron, de créer son propre emploi, mais aussi de donner à d’autres l’accession à un emploi. Et ce rêve est accessible à des personnes de tout bord, de tout âge, de toute confession, de toute origine. A tous ces publics désavantagés, l’entrepreneuriat se pose comme une solution qui leur permet de créer leur propre emploi, de subvenir à leur besoins financier et de se créer des réseaux sociaux et professionnels. Dans ce webinar nous allons mettre l’accent sur ces entrepreneurs bien singuliers : les nouveaux héros !

Speaker:
Dr. Adnan Maalaoui is co-Director IPAG Entrepreneurship & Family Business Center at IPAG Business School.

ICSB Exchange Webinar | ICSB Intercambios, Webinar en español

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Sharing MSMEs ideas and experiences in Spanish!
COVID-19 allows us to be more innovative than ever before. For the first time ever ICSB is offering a series webinar in Spanish.
During these serie webinar we are going to discuss the following:
1. Ecosystem to be an entrepreneur in the context of COVID-19 and Climate Change. The Role of the Government: Green New Deal.
2. Rethinking business for more inclusive and resilient cities: New Urban Agenda and SDGs.
3. Legislate to protect and promote the entrepreneurial ecosystem with inclusive and representative participation during different levels of decision.

Invited Speakers:
Analia Pastran, Executive Director of Smartly Social Enterprise on the SDGs, New York
Evangelina Colli, Director of Localizing the SDGs in Public Policies and Coordinator of the Local Parliament Network on the SDGs of Smartly, Buenos Aires

Compartiendo experiencias e ideas de MiPyMEs

COVID-19 nos permite ser más innovadores que nunca. Por primera vez, ICSB ofrece una serie de seminarios web en español.

Durante este seminario web vamos a abordar lo siguiente:
1. Ecosistema para emprender en el contexto del COVID-19 y del Cambio Climático. El rol del Estado: Green New Deal.
2. Repensar el negocio para ciudades más inclusivas y resilientes: clave Nueva Agenda Urbana y ODS.
3. Legislar para proteger e impulsar el ecosistema emprendedor con niveles de decisión inclusivos, participativos y representativos.

Disertantes:
Analia Pastran, Directora ejecutiva de Smartly, Emprendedorismo Social en ODS
Evangelina Colli, Directora de Localización de ODS en Políticas Públicas y de la Red de Parlamentos Locales en ODS de Smartly

ESHIP and ICSB: Discussion on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Curious about the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and their big efforts to help grow entrepreneurial ecosystems? While Kauffman is USA-focused, their large ESHIP program has much to offer ICSB members. Join Norris Krueger and Kauffman’s Christine Lai and other ESHIP leaders to explore the many great ways that ESHIP and ICSB can work together (If you’re looking for great research questions…) For more, check out www.bit.ly/ESHIPgoals & www.bit.ly/ESHIPprojects. We would love to have you get involved in any of the 7 ESHIP Goals and their projects!

Speakers:
Former ICSB officer Norris Krueger is better known for his innovative research and teaching but is now a “Goal Champion” for ESHIP. Norris is working to advance research on bottom-up, entrepreneur-led ecosystems.

Christine Lai works with Kauffman as a community activator for the ESHIP initiative focused on developing strategic partnerships. Other ESHIP Goal Champions will join us to answer questions about the Goals.

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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have been known to contribute greatly in economic growth of both developed and developing countries. According to a report published in the journal of Economic Literature in the year 2000 about the manufacturing firms in developing countries, the share of MSMEs in employment tends to be higher in developing countries, which are typically more focused on small-scale production.

About Moses Ngoze
Dr Moses L. Ngoze is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at the Technical University of Mombasa in Kenya; where he teaches and provides academic leadership in Entrepreneurship and Management Science disciplines at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. He is also an Associate Consultant/ Researcher of Management at Capital Strategies Kenya Limited, Nairobi in Kenya. His research interests are concentrated in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship dimensions, financial performance, business environments, manufacturing firms, BDS, MSMEs, industrial economics in Sub Saharan Africa.

Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Learning objective: Discover tools, tips, and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, and how to host virtual meetings and events. We’ll also share the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses.

RSVP to tune in: g.co/grow/smallbizlivestream. In the “how did you hear about this livestream event” you can let the Google team know that you heard from ICSB! You can ask questions live during the event on Twitter by using #smallbizlivestream.

Humane Entrepreneurship – The Elements that make a Humane Enterprise

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Are there different elements within an organization and the leadership that make a firm more Humane than another? How about looking at an organization from different theoretical and or practical perspectives? Humane Entrepreneurship is different, but how is a key question to be answered.

Dr. Rosangela Feola, Ph.D. in management, is a research fellow of Lisa Lab (a Research Centre whose main topic is on Technology transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship) at the University of Salerno and Technology Transfer Manager in the same university. Her research interests are mainly related to the entrepreneurial university, technology transfer process, and the role of innovative start-ups in emerging sectors. She is a member of several research groups and co-authors of several national and international publications on the same subjects.

Dr. Antonio Botti. Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of management at the University of Salerno. He is a member of several committee, in particular he is: Associate Editor for Journal of Small Business Management, Associate Editor for Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB), member of the Editorial Board of Science Journal of Business and Management, member of the Editorial Board of Open Journal of Economics and Commerce, member of Editorial Board of Mecosan.

Dr. Massimiliano Vesci, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in Management at University of Salerno, Italy. His research interest focuses on entrepreneurship, humane entrepreneurship, public management, service management and value co-creation in the areas of tourism, technology, innovation and education.

A New Dawn for MSMEs & Startups

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Things can change quickly in life. The security of one moment can quickly become impermanent before we have a chance to realize it. This is certainly the case with the crisis that has resulted from the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Millions of people globally have been infected, and thousands have already died from the outbreak. The general public is advised to remain socially distant from one another and to regularly wash their hands. The global economy has gone into freefall, a recession, if not a depression, now seems likely. Panic buying in the shops is common practice. No one knows what tomorrow holds.

Ahmed Osman is the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. The first Arab and African elected to this position since ICSB’s establishment in 1955 and the youngest President to date. ICSB is the platform that distributes new knowledge and information on small business management and entrepreneurial development. ICSB is the originator of the United Nations’ Resolution to create an International Name Day dedicated to Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises on June 27 (MSMEs Day). He is also the editor of the Global MSME Report for 2019. Ahmed is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for government and private organizations in Egypt.

Entrepreneurship and the Youth of Egypt: A Global Best Practice

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Young people are powerful catalysts for social and economic development and change. In Egypt, approximately 61% of the population is under the age of 30, and 40% is between the ages of 10 and 29. These young people are making the transition from childhood to the roles and responsibilities of adulthood—as workers, citizens, spouses, and parents—in the wake of two revolutions since 2011.

Under the right circumstances, this “youth bulge” could propel the country economically. But without the right investments in young people’s health and education, as well as opportunities for productive livelihoods, their future prospects—and possibly the future of Egypt—will be limited.

How can a program like TVET help? We shine a light on their work and how they are doing.

Ms. Shoroke Zedan is the Executive Director of The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Programme (TVET Egypt). The TVET program is a nationwide initiative co-funded by the Government of Egypt (GoE) and the European Union (EU). Operating across Egypt’s 27 governorates, the programmes’ mandate is to enhance Egypt’s socio-economic environment through the reform and development of Egypt’s most valuable resource-human capital. Her principal tasks have often involved coordination between partners and guiding the integration of programs on a large scale, which focused on systemic interventions using suitable and applicable methods.

Social Entrepreneurship versus Humane Entrepreneurship A Discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

What is Humane Entrepreneurship? How did it evolve? What theoretical underpinnings does it rely on, and why now? The world is in a very tough spot, and what everyone calls for is for us to help our fellow humans. So, is this Humane Entrepreneurship a path forward? And to be very blunt, what is the difference between this new topic and Social Entrepreneurship?

Roberto Parente is a Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Salerno (Italy). President of the Master Course in Management and Social Innovation. He’s the Founder and Director of LISA Lab, a Research Centre whose main topic is on Technology transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship. He has co-founded several Startup companies operating in the Biotech and Digital Health industry. Roberto served in many Conference, and Global Forums promoted by ICSB and its affiliate, and was the Chair of the First Conference in Italy on “Social Innovation and Humane Entrepreneurship: from Policy to Action.”

Antonio Botti. PhD, is an Associate Professor of management at the University of Salerno. He is a member of several committee, in particular he is: Associate Editor for Journal of Small Business Management, Associate Editor for Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB), member of the Editorial Board of Science Journal of Business and Management, member of the Editorial Board of Open Journal of Economics and Commerce, member of Editorial Board of Mecosan.

Sharing MSMEs ideas and experiences in Spanish! | Compartiendo experiencias e ideas de MiPyMEs

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

DO NOT BE A CONFORMIST: Validate, improve or challenge what you already do to survive and grow.
COVID-19 allows us to be more innovative than ever before. For the first time ever ICSB is offering a webinar in Spanish.
During this webinar we are going to discuss the following:

1. Challenges that MSMEs have to deal with Covid-19
2. Visible and invisible opportunities offered by this unique and unknown situation.
3. How to organize, flow and stay focused on the opportunities that our businesses have during this pandemic.
4. The challenges and opportunities that this unique and unknown situation gives us.
5. What are some of the big ideas that MSMEs would like to see implemented

We hope you find it insightful and gain some new perspectives.

Introduction by Dr. Winslow Sargeant, President-Elect ICSB, USA

Prof. Analia Pastran, Founder and Executive Director of Smartly, Social Enterprise on the SDGs, NYC and Latin America

Prof. Maria Fernanda Andrés, Business Director of Litoral Accelerator and President of ICSB Argentina

Eduardo Arroyo, Arroyo & Associates Management Consulting, Puerto Rico

NO TE CONFORMES: Valida, mejora o reta lo que ya haces para sobrevivir y crecer.

COVID-19 nos permite ser más innovadores que nunca. Por primera vez, ICSB ofrece un seminario web en español.

Durante este seminario web vamos a discutir lo siguiente:

1. Retos que las MIPYMES tienen que enfrentar con Covid-19
2. Oportunidades visibles e invisibles que nos brinda esta situación única y desconocida.
3. Cómo organizarnos, fluir y mantenernos enfocados en las oportunidades de nuestros negocios durante esta pandemia.
4. Los desafíos y oportunidades que nos brinda esta situación única y desconocida.
5. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las grandes ideas que a las MiPyMEs les gustaría ver implementadas?

Esperamos que lo encuentre profundo y obtenga nuevas perspectivas.

Introducción por el Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Presidente electo de ICSB, EE. UU.
Ponentes invitados:

Prof. Analia Pastran, Fundadora y Directora Ejecutiva de Smartly, Emprendedorismo Social en ODS, Nueva York y América Latina

Prof. María Fernanda Andrés, Directora de Negocios de Aceleradora Litoral y Presidente de ICSB Argentina

Eduardo Arroyo, Consultoría de Gestión Arroyo y Asociados, Puerto Rico

ICSB Family pays Tribute to Professor David Smallbone

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST or 17:00 – 18:00 UK Time.

David Smallbone passed away recently. He had a distinguished career in the field of entrepreneurship and small firms. David was an engaging and driven individual who marked his career with a number of significant achievements in his life journey and built up an inestimable portfolio of work throughout his career.

The webinar will cover key highlights of Professor David Smallbone’s distinguished career and celebrate him.

The session moderators:

Dr. David Storey
Dr. Robert Blackburn
Dr. Ayman El Tatabishy
ICSB Global Family

What type of business schools for the day after : The French and EU Case

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Business Schools encourage individual development and success. But now this have to be only for and through the common interest. Economy and business come in second place in business schools education, just after the respect of democracy, the nation state, culture and politics. It has to be in place, especially trust, only then you can do business.

Business School have to stop with multi-cultural approach. The non-Anglo-Saxon cultures are not to be viewed as some sort of exotism. They have to learn to their students other languages, other practices, other best ways than global.
Tomorrow, this education will preach culture, general interest and leadership and intellectual curiosity and critical spirit. It means, less management and more leadership. But also, boldness, creativity, humility, dedication to the group, finally more humanity

Today crisis shows the emergency of digitalization. Business Schools have to invest on a new normal with virtual education by digital tools and innovation.

The Session Panelist:

Guillaume Bigot is the CEO of the IPAG Business School Paris-Nice group since July 2008 and graduated from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
He was also deputy editor-in-chief of the Événement du Jeudi and a journalist at Marianne. He is a writer and author, notably of “Sept scénarios de l’Apocalypse” published in 2000 and “Toute l’histoire du monde” at Fayard (co-written with Jean-Claude Barreau).

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Australia – “Toughest year of our lives”

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

“Toughest year of our lives”: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Australians to stand up to the “unprecedented challenge” of the global health crisis. “Life is changing in Australia for every Australian and life is going to continue to change,” he said. “For many young and old, 2020 will be the toughest year of our lives.”
Some Major Initiative Australia took:
• Support the most vulnerable with an additional payment to pensioners, and carers and the disabled.
• To provide a lifeline to small and medium-sized businesses, working together with the banks.
• The employee pledge to keep workers employed and in turn the government will support them.

The webinar will cover these points and learn more in-depth from experts on how the government, private and not-for-profit sectors partnered to help with this epidemic.

The Session Panelist:

Vicki Stylianou, ICSB SVP of Development

Head of advocacy and policy at Institute of Public Accountants. Vicki came to the IPA in June 2007 from Federal Treasury, where she worked in tax policy, financial literacy, prudential regulation and in the Office of Best Practice Regulation on secondment. Prior to this, Vicki worked as a lawyer in private practice specialising in commercial litigation both in Australia and overseas. Vicki holds a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration (International Business). At the IPA , Vicki leads the team responsible for policy and advocacy work, as well as the innovation part of the business unit, which focuses on matters of interest to small business and small to medium practices. Vicki’s role also covers member technical resources, being a media spokesperson and editorial content of IPA’s publications.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Social Entrepreneurship Education for Social Impact During Challenging Times 

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

As the world is challenged by the greatest crisis of our time and social innovators around the world are collaborating to build systems that address these challenges. Learn from scholars in the field on how to prepare young people to become agents of change in the social sector, preparing talent, and mobilizing resources in times of crisis. By collaborating together, we can prepare the next generation of changemakers for the future.

The session panelist:

Dr. Debbi D. Brock, Associate Professor, Wingate University | Co-Founder, Social Change Innovators

Debbi D. Brock is an internationally recognized expert on social entrepreneurship and professional trainer and consultant for various organizations focusing on social entrepreneurship, scaling social impact and entrepreneurship education. In 2018 she launched the Social Change Innovators online resource platform that shares innovative teaching and experiential activities with faculty from around the world that won the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Excellence in Innovative Pedagogical award. Brock has consulted for various organizations including the International Labour Organization, the Sullivan Foundation Service and Social Entrepreneurship program, Ashoka, and the Institute for International Education (Fulbright). Her passion is to help develop young people to become agents of change in the social sector.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

Re-imagining Entrepreneurship Education and Research – Giving a Voice to the Academic Community. 

Date: Monday, April 13, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

To tackle the challenges of the future, we need to design education systems with a broader set of outcomes that support ‘the student and the world’ development. Entreprenuership education can help young people develop the capability to thrive through change and become agents of change themselves. Yet, we also need to focus on entrepreneurship research to continue to develop new and high impact innovation. Dr. Alex DeNoble discussed both topics and focuses on giving a voice to the academic community. 

The session panelist:

Alex F. DeNoble is a Professor in the Management Department in the College of Business at San Diego State University (SDSU). He is also Executive Director of SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. His primary areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, technology commercialization and strategic management. He has conducted research in these areas and has taught related classes in the University’s undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA programs. He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Technology Transfer, International Marketing Review, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.

Session Moderated by:
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

ILO and ICSB Discuss Young People in the World of Work and the Responses to the Impact of Covid-19

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Just last month, ILO’s recently published Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of Jobs report highlighted the increased vulnerabilities of young workers due to automation. Today, as the world struggles to cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic, young people are likely to disproportionately suffer from its social and economic impacts. This webinar invites a dialogue about what works to support young people in labour markets hit by crises as well as innovative and potential approaches to safeguard young workers and young entrepreneurs jobs and livelihoods.

Join us on 8 April at 10 am EST/ 16h

The Session Panelist:

Susana Puerto, coordinator for the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

Susana Puerto leads the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, an inclusive multi-stakeholder partnership chaired by the International Labour Organization to scale up action and impact on youth employment within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With over ten years of experience on the promotion of youth employment, Susana has managed and contributed to multiple efforts boosting employability and job creation. Prior to joining the ILO, Susana worked at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. She serves on a number of executive boards of youth employment partnerships. Susana is an economist from Georgetown University.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Meet the Author: Frugal Innovation: How SMEs Can Do Better With Less

 
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

In full swing worldwide, frugal innovation is an enlightened movement for the co-creation of value(s) which responds to the dual ecological and social urgency. It is about developing affordable and sustainable quality products and services that have a positive impact on society and the planet while consuming the least amount of resources possible and without polluting. This revolutionary growth strategy is based on several megatrends (sharing economy, the maker movement, circular/regenerative economy) and disruptive technologies (AI, 3D printing, IoT). Navi Radjou, a best-selling author and award-winning management expert, will show how you can apply the six key principles of frugal innovation to “do better with less” in all sectors of activity and co-build an inclusive and sustainable world.

Meet the Author: Navi Radjou is a New York-based innovation and leadership thinker who advises senior executives worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. A Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, Navi has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Previously, he served as vice president at Forrester Research, a leading technology research and advisory firm in Boston. In 2013, Navi won the prestigious Thinkers 50 Innovation Award, given to a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation. He delivered a talk at TED Global 2014 on frugal innovation (over 1.8 million views). Navi co-authored Frugal Innovation: How To Do Better With Less, published by The Economist in 2015, as well as the global bestseller Jugaad Innovation.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Meet the Authors: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions: Building Successful Early-Stage

Date: April 6, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Becoming a successful entrepreneur is impossible without accepting risk – the question is which risk to take and at what time. Expert authors Thomas G. Pittz and Eric W. Liguori draw on years of working with and in early-stage ventures to provide guidance for managing the risk associated with these decisions. Throughout this book, they offer practical, no-nonsense advice for marketing and financing your business, bringing on partners and employees, networking with key connectors, and launching your business as inexpensively and aggressively as possible.

Following lean startup logic, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Risk and Decisions: Building Successful Early-Stage Ventures cuts through to the strategically important – and emotionally charged – decisions that separate the successful entrepreneurs from the unsuccessful. It is designed to help entrepreneurs move quickly, rapidly iterate their business models based on customer feedback, and provide guideposts for managing the risks inherent in all startup ventures.

Book Authors:

Thomas G. Pittz, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Sykes College of Business, University of Tampa
Eric Liguori, Rohrer Professorial Chair of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Meet the Author – “Where to Play: 3 Steps for Discovering your Most Valuable Market Opportunities (the New Addition to the Lean Toolset)”

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

The Lean Toolset for innovation and startups is widely used. However, the current tools do not support you in identifying and prioritizing new opportunities for growth (in established firms) and for identifying and prioritizing your opportunities when launching your start-up. In this webinar, Marc Gruber will introduce the “Market Opportunity Navigator” from the book “Where to Play” (co-authored with Sharon Tal). This new business tool has recently been adopted for the Lean Toolset by Steve Blank.

Using real-life examples, the Webinar will explain the business tool, show how it works plug-and-play with other tools (such as the Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery), and give practical information on how to best implement it in your company. Join the several 10’000s companies of all sizes that already work with it across the globe in order to unleash new growth!

Meet the Author: 

Marc Gruber is Vice President for Innovation at EPFL and full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL where he holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization. Marc also acted as Associate and as Deputy Editor at the Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), the highest ranked empirical research journal in management. He is the co-author (with Sharon Tal) of “Where to Play: 3 Steps for Discovering your Most Valuable Market Opportunities” (FT/Pearson), which presents the Market Opportunity Navigator – a business tool that has recently been adopted the Lean Toolset by Steve Blank.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

 

ICSB / USASBE Fireside Chat 2

Date: April 1, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00PM EST
You’re invited to join the second installment of our ICSB / USASBE Fireside Chat Series this Wednesday at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT!
 
The focus of the Fireside Chat Series is learning from USASBE and ICSB members about their experiences in teaching online. You’re invited to listen in this week as Dr. Jason D’Mello, Dr. Jill Kickul, and Dr. Christoph Winkler discuss the below topics:
 
  • What are key resources that educators need to rise to the challenge to create impactful learning experiences for their students?
  • How do we need to change/adapt our approaches to instructional design in entrepreneurship education?
  • What factors do you expect will influence and ultimately transform the higher ed landscape as a result of the present situation?
 
Register using the link above to receive an email with credentials to join the chat. All are invited to join!

Introducing the new Journal for the International Council for Small Business (JICSB)

Date: March 26, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

ICSB launched a new journal in 2020.

The Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB) explores the many dimensions of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) policy, economic development policy supporting MSMEs, and MSME performance. The journal is part of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), a potent source of expertise and knowledge. The purpose of the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB) is to advance research and knowledge of policies and economic development as they relate to improving the performance and sustainability of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

JICSB will have a strong focus on orientation to research, business and industry. It will have a foot in both science and practice and can serve as a platform intermediary.

The session panelist:

Dr. Jeffrey R. Alves, Managing Editor of JICSB, ICSB Past-President, 
Mr. Tom Conway, Publisher, Business, Economics, and Sociology Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Session Moderated by:
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Date: March 30, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

Entrepreneurship benefits society when there is a foundation of entrepreneurial talent and inspiration, equal access to everyone and across all contexts, and when these entrepreneurs can grow, innovate, sell globally and sustain their businesses. Since 1999, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) has produced rigorous, comprehensive, nationally comparable data to inform and guide a variety of stakeholders of entrepreneurship. This webinar will cover the recently released results of the GEM 2019 survey spanning 50 economies.

The session panelist:

Dr. Donna Kelley, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise.
Dr. Niels Bosma, Associate Professor, Utrecht University School of Economics, Chair of the GERA Board of Directors and co-founder of the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Session Moderated by: 

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Entrepreneurs and MSMEs as Powerful Agents to Achieve the SDGs

Date: April 1, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Entrepreneurs and MSMEs are often the recipients of policies and measures but they can be powerful agents of change especially if they receive the proper awareness and tools to take advantage of the trillions in business opportunities associated with the SDGs while providing socially and environmentally sound solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

The session panelist:

Chantal Line Carpentier. CHIEF, UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD) NEW YORK.

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Understanding Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Date: April 2, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

This webinar will shed light on the entrepreneurial ecosystem phenomenon by providing an overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystem research map and highlighting emerging topics. Participants could engage in a fruitful discussion on the evolution of this emerging research stream.

The session panelist:

Dr. Christina Theodoraki, Assistant professor | Entrepreneurship & Strategy | TBS

Session Moderated by: 
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

Europe in Face of a Crisis – Tradition and Innovation Connect

Date: March 25, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

Now, as Europe faces a global crisis, its drive to be together is even more important. SMEs will be hurt tremendously and the European countries and the EU need to come together to deliver a solution of the century. The traditions of the countries in Europe will welcome innovation to help everyone move forward. This webinar session will discuss some of the challenges and also present opportunities.

The session panelist:

Dr. Harmut Meyer, Director of Studies of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at FOM, Germany.

Session Moderated by:
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

The SME Crisis in Asia – Innovation is Not an Option

Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

Asia was hit first with the Covid-19 crisis. They had to figure it out without having a script or roadmap. Innovation was not an option for them as millions of lives were a stake. How did an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do mindset mobilize everyone? How did Humane Entrepreneurship play a critical role?

The session panelist:

Dr. KiChan Kim, ICSB Past President and Professor at Catholic University, Seoul, S. Korea

Session Moderated by:
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

SME & USASBE Fireside Chat on Online Education

Date: March 23, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

SME and USASBE Join on a Fireside Chat!

A fireside chat on how to teach online from a faculty perspective. Many online educational tools and websites are now available for faculty to use in teaching. However, this fireside chat is designed by faculty to faculty where key lessons can be shared. What are the key knowledge nuggets and what are the pitfalls you can avoid?

The session panelists:

Dr. Alex DeNoble, ICSB SVP of Partnership, Past President of USASBE,
Dr. Jeffrey Alves, ICSB Editor of JICSB, ICSB and USASBE Past President,
Mrs. Dia Yusuf, ICSB Vice President of Partnerships

Session Moderated by:
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
ICSB Executive Director
Deputy Chair, Department of Management, The George Washington University

SME Response to Covid-19 Crisis

Date: March 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00PM EST

This SME Exchange session will  discussed SME’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. We updated our members about the status of the ICSB World Congress in Paris and our new initiatives in online education support, engaging with our global partners, and the current ICSB journals.

The session panelists:
Mr. Ahmed Osman, ICSB President
Dr. Winslow Sargeant, ICSB President-Elect

SME Webinar Series: The Art and Craft of Teaching Entrepreneurship and Building Entrepreneurship Programs

Dr. Heidi Neck, Babson College Professor and the Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

This SME Exchange session Dr. Neck discussed her experience with programs that further developed faculty from around the world in the art and craft of teaching entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurship programs.

SME Webinar Series: Why Are We Ignoring Family Business?

Dr. Frank Hoy, Foisie Business School, Beswick Professor and Director, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This SME Exchange session Dr. Frank Hoy asked the question “Do you think that question is an exaggeration? Family businesses outnumber non-family businesses in most national economies. How much attention do they really get in business education? How many universities offer programs, or even a course? Do many educators believe the myth that you should not go into business with family members? Do they think that family businesses are dysfunctional? What about studies that suggest that family businesses outperform and outlive non-family businesses? Could it be that family businesses have lessons for non-family firms?” Let’s think about what we can teach our students and what we still have to learn.

SME Webinar Series: “HOW CAN POLICIES SUPPORT SMES?” A US EXAMPLE

Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Former Chief Counsel to President Obama on Small Business Administration and current ICSB Senior Vice President for Development

This SME Exchange session Dr. Winslow Sargeant explored how certain policies can support SMES in the United States.

Online Learning Excellence (OLE): Session 1

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and deputy chair and teaching professor of the Department of Management at the George Washington University School of Business.

This SME Exchange session discussed online learning excellence.

Best and Worst Practices Revealed for Online Presentations and Recordings

Dr. Tony Mendes, ICSB SE GLOBAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR and Managing Director – Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – UMKC (USA) – 

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and deputy chair and teaching professor of the Department of Management at the George Washington University School of Business.

Dr. Jeff Cornwall is the inaugural recipient of the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as the Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship at Belmont from 2003-2013.

This SME Exchange brought together Drs. Tony Mendes, Ayman El Tarabishy, and Jeff Cornwall to discuss how to prepare for a digital recording session. Learn firsthand, educator-to-educator, how to identify and use technology tools that enhance the efficiency or effectiveness of traditional or online instruction. In this series, educators will find ways to integrate technology – easily and quickly – into their classes, in ways that are current, intriguing, and useful to students of entrepreneurship.

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