GW October 2016 Program

Thank you for attending the 7th GW October Annual Entrepreneurship Conference!

The event program is below and it includes links to view the speaker PPT presentations. The buttons on the right are linked to other conference resources, like the online conference proceedings and recap article.

Over 150 participants from 17 different countries attended GW October 2016. Further, the World Bank Live stream hosted over 4,500 unique visitors and there were 284 mentions on social media with the hashtag #gwoctober. In total, the conference generated over 392,000 impressions. Top co’s: Egypt, Morocco and Brazil.


Program Subject to Change 

Location: The George Washington University, State Room (7th Fl) 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: State Room (7th Fl), 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC 20052

USASBE Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Module 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

8:30am – 11:30am
Location: State Room (7th Fl), 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC 20052

USASBE Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Module 3: Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship

11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: State Room (7th Fl) 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC 20052

Lunch to be provided

12:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: State Room (7th Fl), 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC 20052

USASBE Social Entrepreneurship Certificate
Modules 2: Identify and Assessing Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Main Conference Program

Program Subject to Change 

Thursday, October 13: The World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC
Friday, October 14: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Hall, 2201 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Location: The World Bank MC Building, Preston Auditorium, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC

*Please bring photo ID (passport or drivers license) to check-in at registration. No luggage, only small bags and backpacks are allowed to pass security.

9:00am – 10:00am

Registration and check-in
*Enter the World Bank at the H St NW entrance, between 18th St NW and 19th St NW. Valid Photo ID or passport required to enter.  

10:00am – 11:15am

Panel Discussion: The State of SME Policies and Support Programs
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank                                                                      

According to estimates, 600 million jobs will be needed in the next 15 years to absorb the growing global workforce, mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. As key drivers of job creation, SMEs play a key role in the economic development strategies of many countries around the world. This panel will address the targets set by governments for SME policy development and help identify strategic priorities for improving business environments.


  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the US Small Business Administration
  • Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director at the World Bank Group
  • Luca Iandoli, President of ICSB (Moderator)

Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Maria Contreras-Sweet was sworn in as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and as a member of President Obama’s cabinet on April 7, 2014. The SBA is charged with supporting America’s 28 million small businesses, which create a majority of US jobs and employ half of our nation’s private-sector workforce.  The Agency oversees the world’s largest seed fund and the largest middle market fund of funds, as well as a $120 billion loan portfolio.  It also directs the world’s largest business counseling network and one-quarter of the federal procurement activity to small business. As a business leader, California state cabinet official and entrepreneur, her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations, have earned her international acclaim. Her drive to bring SBA into the digital age, and expand into broader domestic and global markets has yielded record results in lending and contracting for small businesses. She started three businesses, including a community bank in downtown Los Angeles, focused on small and mid-size businesses where she served as its executive chairwoman for seven years.

Anabel González is Senior Director of the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness

In this capacity, she leads a team of 500 people to design and implement the World Bank Group’s global and country agenda in the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness,innovation and entrepreneurship. Anabel served as Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade from 2010 to 2014. During her tenure, she led Costa Rica’s efforts to join the OECD, negotiated, approved, and implemented six major free trade agreements, and implemented investment climate enhancement policies that contributed to attracting over 140 new investment projects. Anabel is the current Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.

Dr. Luca Iandoli, President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) (2016-17); Associate Professor of Business and Economics, School of Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy); and Visiting Research Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology (USA)

Dr. Luca Iandoli was elected President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) for 2016-17. He is also a Visiting Research Professor of Engineering Management at Stevens Institute of Technology (USA) and an Associate Professor of Engineering and Innovation Management at the School of Engineering, University of Naples Federico II (Italy). He served as President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) for the 2011-2013 term and has been a member of the ECSB board since November 2007. His research activities can be positioned at the interface between Technology, Business and Society. The fundamental quest that he believe underlies most of his research work can be described with a single question: how can we design better socio-technical systems in a way that individual action can be aggregated so that the collective system behave in a more innovative and intelligent way? Dr. Iandoli’s research work in entrepreneurship is focused on how online and of line collaboration can foster distributed and open innovation in networks of companies, inventors and entrepreneurs.

11:15am – 11:30am


11:30am – 12:45pm

Panel Discussion: SME Policy Design and Evaluation: Insights From Research on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

Despite significant advances in the measurement and analysis of entrepreneurial activity, cross-country comparisons remain notably difficult. This panel will address the intersection of data and policy, and discuss how research can contribute to the design of national policy interventions as well as enable assessment of progress toward objectives.


  • Winslow Sargeant, ICSB Vice President of Data and Policy and Former Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Advisor at the World Bank Group
  • Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of ICSB (Moderator)

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is Managing Director of S&T, LLC, a firm supporting investment and business development for early-stage growth companies in cybersecurity, energy, communications, capital formation, and education.

From 2010-2015, he served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy in the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. President Obama appointed him to this positon in August 2010. He was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in November 2011. From 2006-2010, Dr. Sargeant served as Managing Director for Venture Investors, LLC, an early-stage venture capital firm in Madison, Wisconsin. He served as Program Manager from 2001-2005 at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Office. Prior to NSF, Dr. Sargeant co-founded Aanetcom, a fabless semiconductor chip company. He served as Associate Adjunct Professor in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Sargeant is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and Northeastern University (Boston, MA). He is a member of Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey) President’s Leadership Council. Dr. Sargeant currently serve as Chair of MyQVO, an early-stage educational technology company. He is the Vice President for Advocacy on the International Council of Small Business Board of Directors. Dr. Sargeant received the inaugural 2002 Wisconsin Distinguished Young Alumni Award and was a 2003 Outstanding Alumni Awardee at Northeastern University. He was a 2014 Wisconsin Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner. Dr. Sargeant received the 2014 IEEE George F. McClure Citation of Honor (Region 2) award for his dedicated representation of small business. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. Dr. Sargeant is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 11).

Mary Hallward-Driemeier is the Senior Economic Policy Advisor at the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness.

Mary, a Canadian national, joined the World Bank in 1997 as a Young Professional. She has been a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, an Advisor to the Chief Economist, and co-led the Jobs Knowledge Platform. Mary has published widely on entrepreneurship, firm productivity and firm dynamics, the impact of financial crises, and women’s economic empowerment. She was the Deputy Director for the World Development Report 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone and a founding member of the Microeconomics of Growth Network. Mary holds a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., a M.Sc. in Development Economics from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an A.B. from Harvard University.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) and Associate Teaching Professor in Management at The George Washington University (GWU)

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business. He is an award winning author and teacher, just been recently awarded the Most Outstanding faculty voted by students four years consecutive – 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the school of business. Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. Dr. El Tarabishy previous work experience included the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group. Dr. El Tarabishy currently published his new award winning book titled – Information Technology for Small Business – Managing the Digital Enterprise by Springer publishing company.

12:45pm – 2:15pm

NETWORKING LUNCH with partners
(Buffet-style lunch to be provided to participants)

Partners include:

  1. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
  2. MIT Venture Mentoring Service
  3. Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard
  4. U.S. Census Bureau
  5. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  6. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  7. Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM)
  8. Social entrepreneurship
  9. Digital entrepreneurship
  10. Climate technology entrepreneurship
  11. Agriculture entrepreneurship
  12. Women’s entrepreneurship
  13. High-growth firms

2:15pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 3:30pm 

Role of High Growth Firms in Job Creation and Equitable Growth
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank 

In the 2007 OECD study to analyze the impact of high growth firms on employment creation, the OECD found from country studies that high growth firms constitute between three percent and six percent of all firms with at least ten employees.  Furthermore, the study found that these high growth firms contribute to a large share of the employment created.  Building on the findings of the report, the panel will analyze the key role played by SMEs in addressing important policy issues, such as reducing employment.


  • Donna Kelley, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise at Babson College; Board Member, Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA)
  • Kristin Schreiber, Director COSME Programme and SME policy, European Commission
  • Denis Medved, Lead Economist at the World Bank Group
  • George Solomon, Professor at the George Washington University and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) (Moderator)

Dr. Donna Kelley, Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA)

Donna Kelley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, and holds the Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise. She is a frequent presenter on the topic of global entrepreneurship for executive, policy and academic audiences around the world. Prof. Kelley is a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA), the oversight board of GEM, and leader of the GEM U.S. team. She has co-authored GEM reports on global entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and training, and entrepreneurship in the U.S., Korea, and Africa. Prof. Kelley’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Human Resource Management, and others. Her current research interests include examining the impact of policy and other ecosystem conditions on the rate and nature of entrepreneurship in a society.

Kristin Schreiber is the Director in charge of the COSME Programme (fostering the competitiveness of European SME’s) as well as SME, start-up and scale up policy in DG GROW, the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s of the European Commission.

After Studies of International Relations, Economics and European Law at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the College of Europe in Bruges, she worked as a Graduate Lecturer at the University of Kent in Canterbury and as a researcher on the Single Market in Bonn, before joining the European Commission in 1990 where she held a variety of positions. Kristin was appointed to her current position in 2015 after serving as Director for Governance of the Single Market and International Affairs. Previously, she was Head of Cabinet of Employment Commissioner Vladimir Špidla, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier and member of the Cabinets of Enlargement Commissioner Günter Verheugen and Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert. She also served as Head of Unit for International Affairs in the DG for Employment and Social Affairs. Kristin speaks German, French, English and Spanish, some Italian and has notions of Czech and Slovak.

Dr. Denis Medvedev is the Lead Economist at the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness, based in Washington, DC.

Prior to this position, he served as the Senior Country Economist for India, and has also worked in the Latin America & Caribbean and Africa regions, as well as in the Development Prospects group. He is an author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, World Bank reports, and working papers. His research interests span a range of subjects including firm productivity, international trade,income distribution dynamics, the Sustainable Development Goals, and climate change. He holds a Ph.D. from the American University.

Dr. George T. Solomon, Director of the Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM); and Professor of Management at The George Washington University (GWU)mmission

Dr. George T. Solomon is currently a Professor of Management and co-founder and Director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) at the George Washington University School of Business.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Solomon is the past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). From 1976 until 2004, Dr. Solomon held various managerial positions at the SBA including director of the Office of Special Initiatives and deputy associate administrator for Business Initiatives Education and Training where he managed a staff of six to fifteen professionals. Dr. Solomon has published and edited over 130 articles, books of readings, book chapters, reference materials and proceedings articles in both the areas of entrepreneurship/small business management and organizational behavior & dynamics. He is a colleague of the Creative Education Foundation, a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a fellow of the Small Business Institute Director’s Association and a Wilford White Fellow of the ICSB.

3:30pm – 3:45pm


3:45pm – 4:45pm 

Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid: Social and Humane Entrepreneurship
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

In 2015, the international community agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger, protect the planet, and ensure that people around the world can live prosperous and fulling lives.  Entrepreneurship and SMEs play an important role in achieving these goals in developing countries, especially for the bottom of the pyramid. A growing number of social enterprises are providing innovative solutions to serve delivery problems that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest communities. The growing support for social and humane entrepreneurship is rooted in the idea that sustainable business models must also aim to advance humanity and increase social inclusion.


  • Ki-Chan Kim, Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea and Immediate Past-President of the ICSB
  • Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director of Tatweer Misr
  • Natalia Agapitova, Senior Program Officer at the World Bank Group
  • Liesl A. Riddle, Associate Professor of International Business at The George Washington University (GWU) (Moderator)

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim is a Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea, and the Immediate Past-President for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

He received a PhD from Seoul National University, Korea, and has researched at the University of Tokyo, and MIT as a visiting scholar. His research interests are modularization with IT, inter-firm relationship at the automotive industry, and supply chain management. As the President of ICSB, Dr. Kim travelled around the world promoting small businesses and entrepreneurship and worked with the United nations and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to host the ICSB 2016 World Conference at the United Nations HQ. He is Past-President of the Asian Council for Small Business, the Asian regional affiliate of ICSB. Through his role as Past-President, he hosted the 2014 Annual ACSB Asian SME Conference in Seoul, South Korea. He is also one of the Chief Researchers of HeBEx Healthiness of Business Ecosystems, a new and innovative report seeking to assess the relative healthiness of a country’s creativity, opportunity, and productivity.


Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Shalaby, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Tatweer Misr and a Member of its Board of Directors, a position he has held since Mid. 2014 when the company was established.

Drawing on his extensive planning and business management experience, Dr. Shalaby supervises the day to day management of the company, including the business development and the strategic planning for Tatweer Misr’s major projects. In addition to his work with Tatweer Misr, Dr. Shalaby is also a Professor of Architecture and Urban Development at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt. Prior to joining Tatweer Misr, Dr. Shalaby spent a year working at El Mostakbal for Urban Development, where he held the position of Advisor to the Chairman. During his time with El Mostakbal, Dr. Shalaby played an integral role in the development of Mostakbal City; the largest planned mixed-use development in the New Cairo area. An established engineer in the field of architecture, urban development and a real estate expert in his own right, Dr. Shalaby’s professional career began in 1993, starting out as a faculty member at Cairo University and a prominent architectural engineer. Dr. Shalaby has over a decade of experience in the development and management of major real estate portfolios in Egypt, working with Al Fawares Holding where he was responsible for the real estate investments in addition to his work for the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Infrastructure, and Urban Communities as a Technical Advisor to the Minister. Dr. Shalaby holds a Degree in Architectural Engineering, which he received in 1993 as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, which he received in 2003 through a joint program between Cairo University, Egypt and Cornell University, USA.   After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Shalaby was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, USA.

Natalia Agapitova is the Senior Program Officer at the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness. She leads the Social Enterprise Innovations Program, which supports collaboration with social enterprises to improve the lives of those living in extreme poverty.

Natalia has first-hand experience in using science, technology and innovation as tools to bring inclusive and sustainable growth to the developing world. During her work at the World Bank, she has played a key role in advising countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America and South Asia on howto build science, technology and innovation capacity. Natalia also worked on a broad range of issues related to capacity development and results agenda, and is one of the main authors of the Capacity Development and Results Framework used by World Bank teams and clients for design and M&E of capacity development programs. She has also published numerous papers on economic development. Before joining the World Bank Group in 2002, Natalia worked for a Russian investment company in the midst of the 1998 financial crisis, and served as a lecturer and researcher in Economics at the University of Poitiers, France. She holds a Master’s (D.E.A.) and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Poitiers, and a Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Perm State University (Russia).

Dr. Liesl Riddle is an associate professor of international business and international affairs at the George Washington University School of Business. She also is the co-director of GWSB’s OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on corporate boards.

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. She was a founding member and director of the university’s Diaspora Research Program. Dr. Riddle is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.


Reception in MC Atrium, World Bank

Friday, October 14, 2016

Location: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Hall, 2201 G Street NW, Washington, DC

9:30am –

Registration and Check-in
(Coffee to be served)
Location: GWU School of Business, Duques Hall 1st Floor Lobby

10:30am – 12:00pm

Parallel Session I

Session Chair:  Kathleen Burke, SUNY Cortland, USA
10:30am—11:15am Duques 258 (2nd Floor) College and Community Partnerships: The development of an entrepreneurial program to support economic development Kathleen Burke and Gregory Phelan, SUNY Cortland, USA Fostering entrepreneurship in rural areas and transition economies
11:15am—12:00pm Duques 258 (2nd Floor) Geographies of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Non-Farm Proprietorship Employment by U.S. Metropolitan Area Keith Debbage, UNCG, USA Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems
Session Chair:  Per-Ola Ulvenblad, Halmstad University, Sweden
10:30am—11:15am Duques 251
(2nd Floor)
Hang together – or hang separately – Challenges for entrepreneurs and policymakers in the Swedish agri-food value chain Per-Ola Ulvenblad and Pia Ulvenblad, Halmstad University, Sweden Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems
11:15am—12:00pm Duques 251 (2nd Floor) Hillman Entrepreneurs Program: A Model Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Rebecca Razavi, Montgomery College, USA and Gül Branco, University of Maryland College Park, USA Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems
10:30am—12:00pm Duques 651
(6th Floor)
Korean Management Series: How Korea is Internally Revolutionizing How to Do Business KiChan Kim, The Catholic University of Korea, South Korea, Yoon Shik Park, The George Washington University, USA and Ayman El Tarabishy, ICSB Humane Entrepreneurship
10:30am—12:00pm Duques 652 (6th Floor) Establishing a Powerful Mentoring Program Louis Goldish, MIT Venture Mentoring Service, USA Supporting business incubators, accelerators, early stage funding, mentorship

12:00pm – 1:30pm

(Box lunch to be provided)
Location: GWU School of Business, Duques Hall 1st Floor Lobby

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Parallel Session II

Session Chair:  Ruta Aidis, George Mason University, USA
1:30pm—2:00pm Duques 258 (2nd Floor) Gender, Leadership and Venture Capital: Measuring women’s leadership in VC firm portfolios Ruta Aidis, George Mason University, USA and Sandra Schillo, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada Entrepreneurship and Gender
2:00pm—2:30pm Duques 258 (2nd Floor) Factors Affecting Gender Discrepancy in Entrepreneurial Activity Ahmed Tolba, Ayman Ismail, Seham Ghalwash, The American University in Cairo, Egypt and Shima Barakat, Cambridge University, UK Entrepreneurship and Gender
2:30pm—3:00pm Duques 258 (2nd Floor) Diversifying entrepreneurship and enterprise education for increased accessibility to the WISE Shima Barakat, University of Cambridge, UK, Michelle Rigozzi, National Health Service, UK, Monique Boddington and Ros McLellan, University of Cambridge, UK Entrepreneurship and Gender
Session Chair:  Katia Passerini, St. John’s University, USA
1:30pm—2:15pm Duques 251 (2nd Floor) Defining Entrepreneurial Traits: A Metaphor-based Approach Diana Walsh, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA and Katia Passerini, St. John’s University, USA Humane Entrepreneurship
2:15pm—3:00pm Duques 251 (2nd Floor) Social Entrepreneurship for SME Development: Insights from Three Decades of Third Sector Research Paul Swiercz , George Washington University (GWU), USA SME skills upgrading
1:30pm—3:00pm Duques 652 (6th Floor) A Kaleidoscope of Global Social Entrepreneurship Hossam Maksood, Maksoud Pharm, Inc., Egypt, Michelle Bongiovanni, HealRWorld, LLC, USA, Ahmed Osman, MCSBE, Egypt and Jeff Alves, Wilkes University, USA Social Entrepreneurship
1:30pm—3:00pm Duques 651 (6th Floor) The International Council for Small Business [ICSB] and Entrepreneurship G. Dale Meyer, University of Colorado – Boulder, USA Robotics and artificial intelligence

3:00pm – 3:30pm


3:30pm – 5:00pm

Parallel Session III

Session Chair:  Cesar Bandera, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA
3.30pm—5:00pm Duques 258 (2nd Floor) Orthogonal Dimensions in Digital Entrepreneurship Cesar Bandera, Miriam Helmy and Rola Shehata, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA Supporting business incubators, accelerators, early stage funding, mentorship
Session Chair: Rafiu Olaore, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Nigeria
3.30pm—5:00pm Duques 251 (2nd Floor) The Significance of Innovation to the Performance of Family Business in Nigeria Rafiu Olaore, Gboyega Oyeleke and Olatunde Oluwafemi, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Nigeria Enhancing entrepreneurship awareness
3:30pm—5:00pm Duques 651 (6th Floor) Why is Innovative Entrepreneurship Important Luca Iandoli, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, Winslow Sargeant, S&T, LLC, USA, Katia Passerini, St. John’s University, USA, George Korfiatis,  Stevens Institute of Technology, USA and Paul Swiercz, George Washington University, USA (Moderator) Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems
3:30pm—5:00pm Duques 652 (6th Floor) Nailing a jellyfish to a wall: measuring the impact of entrepreneurship education Shima Barakat, University of Cambridge, UK Developing entrepreneurial ecosystems




Gala Dinner at GW’s City View Room
Address: GW’s City View (7th Fl), 1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor, Washington DC

The City View Room is located on the 7th Floor of GWU’s Elliot School of International Affairs, located at 1957 E. Street NW. It features views of downtown Washington, DC, including the monuments and Capitol building .

Reception from 6pm-7pm, Dinner begins promptly at 7pm.

The highlight of the evening’s program is the awarding of the ICSB Luminary Awards, recognizing extraordinary individuals and organizations that have risen to the highest level of small business and entrepreneurial achievement in either research, practice or academia.




Thank you for attending GW October 2016! Promoting SMEs to Drive Growth

Visit the Program page to view the program, proceedings, abstracts and powerpoints

WHEN: Oct. 13-14, 2016
WHERE: World Bank Group Headquarters and George Washington University, Washington, DC


The World Bank Group and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) are hosting the seventh GW October Annual Entrepreneurship Conference. The event will bring together policymakers and experts from around the world to share insights on how to support small and medium enterprises and promote entrepreneurship as a key driver of local growth and innovation.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an increasingly significant role in the socio-economic development strategies of many countries. For the past three decades, the private sector has been the main driver of economic growth and poverty reduction around the world. By encouraging entrepreneurship, governments have been able to increase wealth generation, market access, job creation, and skills development.

At this conference, leading academic researchers, development experts, and policymakers from across the globe will share examples of successful SME policy programs; 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
  • Supporting business incubators, accelerators, early stage funding, mentorship
  • Facilitating skills development & technology integration
  • Enhancing entrepreneurship awareness
  • Promoting women’s entrepreneurship
  • Fostering entrepreneurship in rural areas and transition economies
  • SME skills upgrading
  • Connecting SMEs to markets and investors; and
  • Entrepreneurship and Diaspora
  • Entrepreneurship and Gender
  • Humane Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Development Goals and SMEs

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