The 6th annual GW October Entrepreneurship Conference explored the theme of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Understanding, Building, Implementing on October 15 and 16, 2015 in Washington DC.


Entrepreneurs are a critical factor in building healthy societies. In order to cultivate an ecosystem where small businesses can launch and grow, industry stakeholders need to understand their activities and contributions within the industry, work together to foster mutually beneficial relationships, and ensure that entrepreneurs are supported with the right resources and tools to succeed. Identifying the need for this type of industry support, attention has been turned to creating entrepreneurial ecosystems to develop multifaceted support for entrepreneurial activity. Throughout the conference we will explore the concept of an entrepreneurial ecosystem – identifying who the key stakeholders are and how they can collaborate for success. We will also explore specific regions of the world that are pioneering growth in entrepreneurial ecosystems, specifically South Korea.

Using Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development to Foster Economic Growth

Panelist

Dr. Winslow Sargeant
Managing Director of S&T, LLC and Former Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

Thurs Oct 15
The World Bank

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Panelist

H.E. Dr Mohammad M. Al-Zuhair
Executive Chairman & Head, Kuwait National Fund for Small & Medium Enterprise Development

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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Panelist

Tan Sri Abd Rahman Mamat
Chairman of ICSMEE Malaysia, Former Secretary General of Ministry of International Trade and Industry in Malaysia

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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Using Research Tools and Databases to Create Impactful Developmental Initiatives and Policies

Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED)

Presenter:
Kelly Shaver
Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, College of Charleston

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

Presenter:
Mahdi Majbouri
GEM U.S. team member and Assistant Professor, Babson College

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Economic Trends (SBET)

Presenter
Holly Wade
Director of Research and Policy Analysis, NFIB

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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The U.S. Census Bureau, Census Business Builder, Small Business Addition (CBB)

Presenter:
Andy Hait
U.S. Census Bureau

Thur Oct 15
The World Bank

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Entrepreneurial Eco-system: South Korea

Panelist

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim
Professor of Business Administration, The Catholic University of Korea
Visiting Professor of Management at The George Washington University (GWU)

Fri Oct 16
GW School of Business

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Building the Sustainable Eco-system

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anita J. La Salle
Program Director for I-Corps, Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
National Science Foundation

Fri Oct 16
GW School of Business

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Conference News & Updates

Call for Papers: Submission Deadline is August 1st

Call for Papers: Submission Deadline is August 1st

We invite authors to submit competitive papers, workshops, teaching cases and developmental papers that compare and contrast aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Proposals should outline the impact of research on industry as well as implications for policy-makers.... read more

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