Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2017, Argentina

Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2017, Argentina

Present your business idea to get an opportunity to be admitted to the Global Impact Accelerator program in Helsinki (all travel and expenses and the registration fee will be paid for the winners).
15 startups teams will be admitted to the GIA Slush Pitch competition. A Jury of national and international experts will select the best three teams who will be given the possibility to present again to Slush experts via Skype. The winning team will be admitted to participate to the 2017 Slush Bootcamp in Helsinki.



Wednesday June 28, 2017


Centro Metropolitano de Diseno (Algarrobo 1041)


Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other multiple partners globally. The purpose is to support impact- driven startups and showcase the exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the Agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful business.

GIA 2017 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing, and build long-lasting networks. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki BootCamp program from November 25– December 2, 2017 culminating in Slush.


• Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally
• Have a business idea that has gained some traction, but is still in an early phase
• Have a solution that supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
• Have potential to scale
• Have skills and drive to succeed
• Have at least one working prototype



During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers. In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries went to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

Media and Press — UN General Assembly creates International Day for small, medium-sized enterprises, 6 April 2017

Media and Press — UN General Assembly creates International Day for small, medium-sized enterprises, 6 April 2017

6 April 2017 – Recognizing the importance of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises in achieving the new global development goals, the United Nations General Assembly today designated 27 June as International Day for those actors.

In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 193-member body also invited all stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities and civil society organizations, to observe the Day and raise public awareness of their contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the Assembly adopted in September 2015.

The resolution was introduced by the delegation of Argentina, with its representative stating that more than 95 per cent of enterprises in the world are micro-, small- and medium-sized and they account for about 60 per cent of private sector employment.

“These enterprises can in fact become the engines that sustain growth for long-term development in developing countries,” the representative said, thanking the contribution made by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to the creation of the Day.

ICSB held its 61st Annual World Conference here at United Nations last year, in which authorities from over 55 countries participated. In that occasion, ICSB made a declaration about the urgent need to have a day to recognize the important role of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the development of economies as a whole.

United Nations News Center

UN News Center


Associated Press of Pakistan


Media for Freedom

KNN India

The Financial Express Bangladesh

Cátedra de Empresas Familiares – Universidad de Sevilla

Small Business Trends

ICSB ACADEMY 2017- The world leading global entrepreneurial bootcamp

ICSB ACADEMY 2017- The world leading global entrepreneurial bootcamp

Imagine yourself walking along the brightly colored streets of in La Boca, the historic and cultural heart of Buenos Aires that combines the energy of Argentina with European flair. But you are also working hard; you are in the most stylish capital in Latin America learning to develop your innovations with students, young entrepreneurs, faculty and experts from all over the world.

Welcome to the ICSB Academy 2017!

The Academy is a week-long entrepreneurship education program consisting of an immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp followed by activities and workshops in conjunction with the 62nd ICSB World Conference ( This year the program comprises several special events including la “Noche Del Fracasso” (a global event showcasing business failures and how to learn from them), industry and incubator site visits, a pitch competition in collaboration with Finland’s, and a city tour and a tango night.

You will attend the ICSB world conference welcome reception at Teatro Colon and participate in the inaugural United Nations Small and Medium Enterprise Day on June 27, an annual event with historic importance that the United Nations has created in conjunction with the ICSB to raise awareness of the role of SMEs in the global economy and sustainable development.  We will celebrate the UN SME Day for the first time in Buenos Aires, and highest profile Government delegations from around the world will gather here to attend this historical event and discuss how to promote entrepreneurship and support SMEs around the globe.

Be part of history – past and in the making – and register for the ICSB Academy today!

Professor Luca Iandoli

President 2016-2017, International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

ICSB ACADEMY – 2017 COHORT in Buenos Aires, Argentina

ICSB ACADEMY – 2017 COHORT in Buenos Aires, Argentina

We are getting ready to launch the newest edition of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Academy to be held this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The Academy is a week-long entrepreneurship education program consisting of an immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp followed by activities and workshops in conjunction with the ICSB World Conference.  With education as one of its four founding pillars, the ICSB designs the Academy such that students interact with young entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world.  This year, recognizing the impact ICSB Academy students have on the world and its future, we have made global sustainability the theme of the 2017 Academy, and students will participate in the Humane Entrepreneurship programs and the ratification of the United Nations SME Day at the ICSB World Conference.

The ICSB Academy is growing quickly, and its impact is far-reaching. In Egypt, in conjunction with the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit (EES), ICSB launched its first ICSB Academy –Country Edition. The academy brought 100 students to the conference who, in addition to receiving mentorship from twelve esteemed ICSB global faculty, were awarded thousands of Egyptian pounds in seed money.  Motivated by this success, ICSB is working towards the formation of a European Edition of the Academy in collaboration with Finland’s, the largest startup event in Europe boasts 15,000 attendees.

ICSB Academy 2015

At the 2015 Inaugural ICSB Academy in Dubai, sixty students from nine different countries created six online non-profit business ventures under the mentorship of our global faculty and practitioners.  Students, faculty, and practitioners all benefited from the energy of the Academy’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ICSB Academy 2016

The New York/United Nations 2016 Academy was more than double in size, with 140 students from around the world developing business ventures and pitching their ideas to the World Congress participants.

Join us at the end of June for yet another great ICSB Academy, in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Visit Official Website for more information about the 2017 Cohort of the ICSB Academy
Summary XX Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes Mercosur

Summary XX Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes Mercosur

XX Annual Meeting of Red Pymes Mercosur

On seven, eight and nine of October the twentieth Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes  Mercosur took place under the theme “The challenge of SMEs: innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable regional development”. This time more than hundred research papers were presented. It was a record with more than 100 people participated in this event.

The twentieth edition was held in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina and the organization was in charge of the Universidad Provincial del Sudoeste (UPSO), the Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur (IIESS-CONICET), the Departamento de Ciencias de la Administración (UNS), the Department of Economics (UNS), the Facultad Regional de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN), and the Centro de Emprendedorismo y Desarrollo Territorial Sostenible (CEDETS).

The opening conference was given by the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Ki-Chan Kim, who spoke on “Humane Entrepreneurship”. Also Geoff Archer, President of the Canadian Council for Small Business, CCSB; was present and developed his workshop on “Lean Proof: An Overview of Five Cutting Edge Concepts Entrepreneurship Research in Support of Lean Startup”.

There were two plenary sessions, the first one was on Wednesday about “SMEs and Regional Development” by Silvia Gorenstein (UNS), Jorge Motta (UNC), Graciela Landriscini (UNCOMA), Leandro Lepratte (UTN, Concepcion del Uruguay) and Daniel Hoyos (UNICEN, Tandil). The second one took place on Thursday on the Teaching of the recent evolution of entrepreneurial development, by Geoff Archer (Victoria University), José Porras (CEDETS – UPSO), Antonio Terceño (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Juan José Giménez Moreno (University Castilla La Mancha).

Then the conference continued with the presentation and discussion about “Analysis and perspectives of regional development programs in Argentina and Brazil” by Marcelo Mattos (UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil), Hernán Braude (Unidad para el Cambio Rural, UCAR, Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca) and Manuel Gonzalo (UNGS / UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil).

The last part of the event was the closing conference of Martin Abeles, Director of the CEPAL office (Buenos Aires) and then the meeting finished with the awards ceremony.

In this edition, the ICSB prize was given to the best research work, which was shared by “The role of linkages on the development of firms’ capabillity. A social network analysis of Argentine software industry” by Mariano Pereira, Diana Suárez and Florencia Barletta and  “Correlations between characteristics of innovation, proximity and competitive performance footwear companies: Case Jaú” by Boris A. Villamil-Ramírez y Renato García.

Also the CITES award was given to “Research and innovation networks at the pole of the cultural industry and creative arts UNICEN (PICARC)” Constanza Diaz Bilotto and Maria Isabel Camio, as the best entrepreneurial development.

The next Annual Meeting will be held in the city of Tandil, Argentina, organized by Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNICEN), and will be held from 28 to 30 September 2016.

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ICSB Ballot – FY 2015-16 Officers

ICSB Ballot – FY 2015-16 Officers

Greetings from the ICSB Immediate Past President, Dr. Jeffrey R. Alves.

One of my roles as the Immediate Past-President is the chairing of the Nominating Committee for the next slate of officers. We have made the election process as transparent as possible; and it follows Article VII; Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) By-Laws.

I ask that all ICSB members please take a moment and VOTE for the individuals who will drive the organization to next level in 2015-2016! The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.

The current ICSB Board of Directors are:

  • President – Ruben Ascua (Argentina)
  • President-Elect – Ki-Chan Kim (S.Korea)
  • Immediate Past-President – Jeffrey Alves (USA)
  • Senior Vice-President, Finance & Control – Geralyn Franklin (USA)
  • Senior Vice-President, Development – Luca Iandoli (Europe)
  • Affiliate Representative – Alex DeNoble (USA)
  • Affiliate Representative – Lu Feicheng (China)
  • Affiliate Representative – Sandra Altner (Canada)
  • Affiliate Representative – Helle Neergaard (Europe)
  • Affiliate Representative – Ki-Chan Kim (Korea)
  • Wilford White Fellows and Past-President Representative – G. Dale Meyer (USA)
  • Vice-President, Historian – J. Hanns Pichler (Europe)

This year’s election is the second to occur under the new Board structure and the only position open for this year’s election is President-Elect. The positions of SVP, Finance & Control and SVP, Development carry two (2) year terms and were elected last year.

Members can vote online via this form, by email to, or by fax/mail to the ICSB International Office (IO) at 202-994-4930.

Please note: The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.

Click here to cast your vote today!