WHEN: Oct. 18th and 19th, 2017

WHERE:  George Washington University, Washington, DC



On October 18th and 19th, The George Washington University School of Business will host the 8th Annual GW October Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference. The conference theme will be New Frontiers in Entrepreneurship and the Definition of Work. The conference will bring together practitioners, educators, policy makers and industry CEOs and leaders to explore the concept of the new entrepreneurial frontiers like automation and universal basic income – identifying key stakeholders and how they can collaborate for success. We will discuss specific examples where pioneering growth in these new entrepreneurial frontiers are taking place.

Industrial automation and artificial intelligence are bringing rapid changes to the workplace.  This is particularly true in fields such as defense, healthcare, education and in the service sector. In 2014, Forrester research estimated that U.S. business to business (B2B) online sales revenues were a $1 trillion. This staggering statistic help illustrate how quickly B2B, or wholesale ecommerce, made inroads in the marketplace.  1n 2017, the quickening of technology in business interactions has not only increased to all business sectors but is impacting day-to-day transactions globally.

Leading academic researchers, development experts, and policymakers from across the globe will share examples of new and innovative SME policy programs dealing with radical and dynamic markets; examine insights from policy design research; discuss the role of high-growth firms; and promote the importance of entrepreneurship as a key driver of innovation and sustainable development.

Topics of discussion/presentation include:

Fostering high-growth potential firms

Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems

Business-to-Business models

Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

Role of business incubators, accelerators, early stage funding, mentorship

Connecting SMEs to markets and investors; and

Sustainable Development Goals and SMEs

Role of Governments in policy development

Access to new types of Capital

Role of Development agencies in promoting new and innovative business opportunities

The Sharing Economy and its impact on existing businesses

The Youth and Gender impact 

Universal Basic Income and Future of Work

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