ICSB Global Certificates Heading to Florida to Join USASBE in 2019

ICSB Global Certificates Heading to Florida to Join USASBE in 2019

ICSB Global Certificates Heading to Florida to Join USASBE Conference in 2019

October 30, 2018

ICSB Global Certificates Heading to Florida to Join USASBE Conference in 2019

October 30, 2018

You are Invited to Join!

ICSB is proud to announce the launch of the next cohort of ICSB Certificate programs after the highly successful completion of the GW Washington DC cohorts (see article and photos).

ICSB is heading to Florida in collaboration with USASBE to offer two certificates!

The ICSB Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and the ICSB Certificate in Innovation & Creativity will be held at the USASBE Conference in Florida from January 23-27, 2019.

This unique in-person experience with award-winning global faculty will be a state-of-the-art event.

You can now register for either or both of the ICSB Certificates registration that will also include your full registration to the USASBE Conference. Please review below each offering:

ICSB Global Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship:

Click here to register: goo.gl/hSjbKa

Facilitator: Tony Mendes, PhD – University of Missouri-Kansas City, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Presenters:
Tony Mendes, PhD – University of Missouri-Kansas City
Donna Kelley, PhD – Babson College
Luca Iandoli, PhD – St. John University, College of Professional Studies
Winslow Sargeant, PhD – Former Chief Counsel for the US Small Business Administration

Description of Modules:

Module One: Introduction to Global Social Entrepreneurship
This module compares social entrepreneurship with traditional entrepreneurship, outlines the basic concepts of social entrepreneurship and summarizes social entrepreneurship concepts. An overview of new organizational options for social ventures and understanding how for-profit ventures can accomplish social good.

Module Two: Global Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
This module examines the major components of sustainable development.  It looks at the topic of Micro, Small & Medium-size Enterprises, and the positive effect it can have on world economies, and the challenges for these MSME’s are explored in detail.

Module Three: Innovation and Opportunity Recognition for Social Enterprises
This module brings up the topics of innovation and creativity and how these are applied in social enterprises. The process of moving from problems to a solution, with empathy, and the process of moving from solution to problems, with effectuation, is explored in depth. This module discusses the diffusion of innovation and social change and why innovation often does not get adopted.

Please view a sample of an online segment: (click here for sample segment).

ICSB Global Certificate in Innovation & Creativity:

Click here to register: goo.gl/52rX5t

Facilitator: Jeff Hornsby, PhD – University of Missouri-Kansas City, Global Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Presenters:
Katia Passerni, PhD – St. John University, College of Professional Studies
Luca Iandoli, PhD – St. John University, College of Professional Studies
Jean Francoise – HEC Montreal
Paul Swiercz, PhD – The George Washington University, School of Business

Description:
Years ago, creativity and innovation were mainly associated with art, entertainment or recreation, and only in very particular cases, it was related to the world of organizations. However, this has changed. Currently, innovation and in particular, creativity, is considered fundamental in different areas. This can be seen in a report about the future of work published by the World Economic Forum in 2016, where creativity is among the three most important skills required for 2020. This presents a serious demand that organizations have to be innovative for their own competitiveness in a global context. Furthermore, they have to create new products and services to stay relevant. Innovation is decisive with respect to the levels of competitiveness in companies, sectors and also in the economy of the countries. In today’s business, executives and organizations must carry forward a professional innovation management in their particular context. In other words, each organization or entrepreneur must model their businesses in a unique combination that allows them to detect opportunities for innovation and successful execution capabilities.

Module One: Think as an artist: Creativity for the Design of effective products and service
The objective of this module is to present an actionable approach to the design of “beautiful” products and services. Why beauty? Because recent and breakthrough findings in Cognitive science about how the mind perceives complexity show that the pursuit of beauty is the way our brain understand the world and make decisions opting for the most elegant solution. In this module, we will use visual art and neuroscience to show how artists achieve elegance and translate this into a set of eight strategies that can be used to improve the design and enhance creativity.

Contents:

  • Entrepreneur as an artist: Innovation as delivery of new meaning through the design of effective artifacts
  • What makes a design beautiful? Lessons from Designers, Cognitive Science and Complexity Theory
  • Think like an artist: 8 strategies to achieve elegance and simplicity in Design

Module Two: Creativity and Design thinking: how to design effective Organizations

A visual, design thinking approach is applied in this module to the design of effective organizations as well. A new venture is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Using visual tools to design and simulate business models, in this workshop participants will learn how visual thinking and simplicity can help in the design of lean as well as effective ventures:

Content:

  • What is a Business models (building blocks)?
  • Visualize your business model: Lean canvas/Business model canvas
  • Cases studies of effective business model design and BM driven innovation

Module Three: Where do good ideas come from?

This module will present a review of the most well-known theories about sources of innovation: where do good ideas come from? Can innovation be designed? Which are the characteristics of highly innovative systems and how can we replicate them and apply to our business idea? Theories will be presented through successful cases and examples from the real world based on 4 types of innovation sources:

  • Innovation from marginal markets: Disruptive innovation
  • Innovation from Industry: the dynamic of innovation in Industry
  • Innovation from Smart collectives: Information Economy and Peer-production, innovation in online communities (open sources, makers), Open Innovation
  • Innovation from tradition, history, culture, and territory

Certificate Registration for either the Social Entrepreneurship or Innovation & Creativity is as following:

Cost: $1,500.00 / per certificate

Registration includes:

  • Admission to USASBE Conference held on Jan 24 and 27
  • Payment must be made in USD and can be made via Pay Pal.
  • $100 discount coupon to ICSB 2019 World Congress
  • If you require an invoice for the payment, please contact the Registration Office (info@icsb.org).
  • Cancellation before January 5 will receive a full refund, Post- January 5th there will be no refund but credit for future use.
ICSB Certificate Programs: A Big Hit at the GW October Conference

ICSB Certificate Programs: A Big Hit at the GW October Conference

ICSB Certificate Programs: A Big Hit at the GW October Conference

October 29, 2018

ICSB Certificate Programs: A Big Hit at the GW October Conference

October 29, 2018

October 23-24, 2018, Washington DC- The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), through its Global Program, offered an unique in-class experience with small groups of students to maximize the interactivity with the classmates and instructors.

Students and entrepreneurs from different countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, Argentina, South Africa, and among others participated in the certificates that were held at the GW October Conference on October 22. Four certificates were offered, including Social Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation and Global Entrepreneurship. The 10x10 Certificate took place at the pre-conference event hosted by the Small Business Administration.

During the certificates, students had the chance to interact with other students from around the globe as well as the teaching professionals who come from various backgrounds. Students listened to various speakers discuss how countries can benefit from a government organization dedicated to the advancement of small business. Tony Mendes, Managing Director – Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – UMKC, spoke about how entrepreneurs love and thrive on change during the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate. Donna Kelley, Professor at Babson College, also taught a module during the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and touched on women entrepreneurship and the environment around women owned businesses. Julie Shields, Interim Executive Director of USASBE, and  Lori Kartchner, Programs Associate at the Textile Museum taught the Creativity and Innovation Certificate and discussed the difference between creativity and innovation and how we can use both as entrepreneurs. Lastly, Jeff Cornwall, Professor at Belmont University, taught the Global Entrepreneurship Certificate and the fundamental differences between startups and established companies.

More information: icsbglobal.org

GW October Conference Makes a Point or Two

GW October Conference Makes a Point or Two

GW October Conference Makes a Point or Two…

October 29, 2018

GW October Conference Makes a Point or Two…

October 29, 2018

October 23-24, 2018, Washington DC- The 9th Annual GW October Conference, titled “Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: A Winning Combination”, is officially over but the ripple effects of what took place will be felt across the globe and for many years to come.  To begin with, this conference, held on the campus of George Washington University, was attended by prominent academics, banking officials, government leaders, entrepreneurs and influential members of the global business community.  With powerful partners such as The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), The World Bank, The United Nations (UN), The US Small Business Administration (SBA), The International Finance Corporation (IFC), Korean Management Institute (KMI), and Egyptian corporation Tatweer Misr, GW October was in good company. The additional support from the Office of The Mayor of the District of Columbia (DC), Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affair, The Bank of Taiwan, The US Department of Labor-Women’s Bureau, The Arab Republic of Egypt’s Ministry of Trade & Industry, Delta Asia Financial Group, Industrial Bank, and The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Trade and Commercial Office elevated the tenure of the discussions to a “summit” atmosphere.  There were representatives from more than 24 countries counted among the attendees.  Even with the great October weather in DC, that was not enough to dampen the turnout for the conference.

The expanded format that included an extra day for the pre-conference was nothing short but extra-ordinary.  After a welcome from GW October founder, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, he introduced The International Council for Small Business (ICSB)’s President, Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin and GW School of Business Dean, Anuj Mehrotra to attendees of the opening session. Conference co-host, Mr. Eugene Cornelius, ICSB Director of International Relations and Strategic Alliances took over from there. The full-day seminar featured SBA best practices targeted for policy makers, economic development practitioners, educators, and resource stakeholders interested in gathering insight on how SBA leverages public-private partnerships and resourcse partner relationships to serve U.S. small businesses.  In addition to showcasing and building recognition of the SBA, the program discussed growth through exporting and encouraged networking between respective ecosystems to help connect small businesses to the global marketplace.  The full- capacity audience included foreign embassy representatives and government officials, as well as local educators and a variety of economic development practitioners.  There was a lively and informative discussion on procurement, counseling and training, financing, disaster recovery, and regulatory issues.  The last speaker of the day was Dr. Ming-Ji Wu, Taiwan’s Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs. His presentation gave the attendees insight on how the SBA model for supporting small businesses has been adopted to be used in Taiwan. This was a fitting way to end this exciting day.  GW October was off to a great start.

The opening session of the Policy Panel was highly anticipated.   The lineup included ICSB’s President-Elect, Mr.  Ahmed Osman.  He was introduced by Dr. Winslow Sargeant, ICSB’s Senior Vice President for Partnerships and welcomed the speakers and attendees to GW October. He also extended an invitation to attend the 2019 ICSB World Congress to be held for the first time in Cairo, Egypt.  It was then time for Mr. Joseph Jye-Cherng Lyu, Chairman Bank of Taiwan and Taiwan Financial Holdings, the keynote speaker to address the audience.  Mr. Lyu (also called Chairman Lyu) was a dynamic and engaging speaker.  He addressed the central theme of the conference, which is that Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is a winning combination.   He presented Taiwan as an example.  Here are few of the numbers.  Taiwan remains 13th in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global competitiveness rankings.  It is ranks 8th in the Asia-Pacific women entrepreneurs’ index.   It should not come as a surprise that Chairman Lyu was armed with data and information.  He has set a few records himself.  Mr. Lyu started his career with the Bank of New York. He later left to join Banque Nationale de Paris.  During his chairmanship of the Taiwan state-owned enterprise commission, he turned around every single state-owned enterprises.   In December 2002, the Far Eastern Economic Review (later acquired Dow Jones) named Mr. Lyu as “Mr. Fix-it” for his success in the revitalization of all the Taiwan’s state-owned enterprises and all companies.   Mr. Lyu later became the youngest minister (Ministry of Finance) in the history of Taiwan.

The first session of the Policy conference focused on “Entrepreneurship and the Role of the State.”  Dr. Ming-Ji Wu, Director General for the Small and Medium Enterprises Administration (Ministry of Economic Affairs), tied the role of small business polices on how the small business sector functions in Taiwan.   Dr. Wu provided a detailed presentation on how Taiwan has built an early-stage investment system for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  This included an emphasis on Social Impact Innovation and Support for Women Entrepreneurship.   One fact that was noteworthy was that one-third of small business CEOs were women.  Taiwan also had established an Entrepreneur Visa and Work Permits program to encourage immigration to Taiwan. The visa program allowed the holder’s spouse and children to apply for Taiwan’s Dependent Visa.

The next speaker was Dr. Patricia Greene, the 18th Director for the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor.   She gave a well-received history on how policies that encouraged women entrepreneurship has developed over the years.  Dr.  Greene has published a lot on this topic and is a well-known research professor, who previously served on the faculty at Babson University.  Following Dr. Greene, Peter Cazamias, The Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade (OIT) at the SBA, shared how entrepreneurial development policy contributes to small businesses being able to participate in import and exports.  This session wrapped up with ICSB’s President-Elect Ahmed Osman asking if there was a role for government in setting entrepreneurial policy.  His talk was at odds with the other presenter, but it led to an engaged question and answer discussion between the audience and the panel.

The next 2 sessions were equally thought provoking.   To really appreciate the content and the discussion that followed, you must get the transcripts.   The 9th Annual GW October Conference came and went but those in attendance will remember these topics for years to come.

More information: gwoctober.com

The Salerno Declaration

The Salerno Declaration

The Salerno Declaration

Oct 11, 2018

The Salerno Declaration

Oct 11, 2018

Located among the spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast is the University of Salerno. Although the province of Salerno is known for its bustling tourism, the world’s first medical school, Schola Medica Salernitana, is credited to have started there. The region has seen its share of earthquakes and plagues, including the occupation by foreign rule. On October 4, 2018, another seismic shock quietly affected small and medium enterprises, globally. There were no visible signs of calamity but what was adopted may help shape how SMEs are supported and gave a lifeline too much-needed clarity on their guiding principles.

What is now called the Salerno University Declaration directly addresses the future of entrepreneurship as we know it. Professor Roberto Parente, Full Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Salerno and ICSB Global Member, and his co-chairs Drs. Ki-Chan Kim, Winslow Sargeant, and Ayman Tarabishy convened a global gathering of small business, academic, and government leaders from six (6) continents. Also in attendance were invited speakers, David Storey, Chantal Line Carpentier, Claudio Gubitosi, Charles Matthews (ICSB Wilford White Fellow), Hermawan Kartajaya, and Guiseppe Roma.  Ahmed Osman, President-elect of ICSB strongly supported this declaration.

According to many in the audience, it was clear that this was no longer your grandparent’s view of small business and job creation.  Salerno declared that “The launch of the successful MSMEs International Day, ratified by the United Nations General Assembly on February 6, 2017, was a powerful reinforcement of the important role that small and medium enterprises play in the global economy. The Declaration calls upon Future Generations of Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Managers to continue to increase economic and business development in a synergistic manner with the efficient use of human resources and natural resources to help positively impact society.”

At Salerno (for the first time in Italy), the conference theme “Social Innovation and Humane Entrepreneurship: From Policy to Action” championed the case that a common global narrative around MSMEs is only possible if guiding principles were adopted.  It should be made clear that guiding principles were not proposed but only the acknowledgment that there was a critical need for them. The failure to put in a place a process that would determine MSMEs guiding principles would severely hurt the drive to achieve the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is not an effort Salerno University can carry alone. Salerno calls specifically for “Global partners with us, will help raise awareness for this global narrative.”

So there you have it. The cry of remember Salerno will now include working together across geographical boundaries and ideologies to support MSMEs like never before. As an attestor to this declaration, the charge and shout of “REMEMBER SALERNO!” was enthusiastically embraced.

ICSB stands shoulder-to-shoulder with unwavering support for the University of Salerno and the Salerno Declaration.

Washington DC – The Heart of the Matter

Washington DC – The Heart of the Matter

Washington DC – The Heart of the Matter

Sep 26, 2018

Washington DC – The Heart of the Matter

Sep 26, 2018

Entrepreneurship can be defined as the combination of creativity and Innovation, with creativity equating to thinking new things, while Innovation is about doing new things.  Let the winning continue.

GWOctober is pleased to host a gathering of global leaders under the banner “Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: A winning combination” at George Washington University from October 22nd to 24th.  Entrepreneurship plays a significant role in the revival of dormant and neglected sectors within our economy.  Entrepreneurship for many years was associated with high-tech and was limited to research parks and universities.  This is, fortunately, no longer the case.  The breakout has begun and the impact on our society is proving to be nothing short but extraordinary.  The new life that is breathed in manufacturing, agriculture, and those associated with the 1st Industrial revolution has been fascinating to watch.

Economic development has been typically associated with a list of common factors that are used to gauge the economic metrics within a society. These include the need for improvement in better living conditions, increased education and literacy, and access to healthcare. What is the relationship between Entrepreneurship and Economic Development?  How is this relationship tested in an age of automation and artificial intelligence?   Well, this year’s conference will address these questions.   For the first time, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) has partnered with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to provide a one-day boot camp (pre-conference) on what are the pillars that policymakers must include in order to build strong support for both entrepreneurs and empower economic development officials.   These pillars include tutorials on capital access programs, building a network of technical counselors and trainers, public funding for small business development through procurement, contingency planning, and how to create the right the regulatory environment to promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) support. Other topics on entrepreneurship policy and the role of the state will address the role that government policy plays in shaping the climate for small business starts and growth. Access to capital financing is a cornerstone of every small business and leading financiers and financial institutions will share their views and process that should be considered when seeking access to capital. This is a good time to be in the company of SMEs.

A win-win situation is defined as a mutually beneficial event.  Entrepreneurship, as applied to solving the challenges that are defined by economic development metrics, presents such an opportunity.   In attendance, will be Washington, D.C. officials who will welcome speakers and participants.  Mr. Joseph Jye-Cherng Lyu, Chairman of Taiwan Financial Holdings, will share his views on entrepreneurship, capital access, and government policy, as the leader of the Bank of Taiwan.   The 9th Annual Policy conference will address the topic of “Entrepreneurship Policy and the Role of the State.”   Government officials from the US Department of Labor (DOL), SBA, and the United Nations’ Division of Sustainable Development and Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will share how each organization works with SME formation and support via policies at the national and international level.

Capital is the lifeblood of any business or organization.   The Finance and Access to Capital Markets will give notable executive leaders at banking institutions and financial holdings organizations the opportunity to share best practices when working with small businesses.  This is a must see panel because the implementation of banking regulation, as understood by the executive leadership, is important to solve the access to capital hurdle.   Wrapping up the day, the audience will be treated to a discussion around “The Shifting Sands in Global Economic Power.”  The internet age and technology have given access to knowledge to entrepreneurs and small business owners globally.  By filling long existing economic knowledge gaps, more and more regions around the world are finally taking their place in global opportunities.

Entrepreneurship can be defined as the combination of creativity and Innovation, with creativity equating to thinking new things, while Innovation is about doing new things.  Let the winning continue.

-Author:
Dr. Winslow Sargeant
ICSB Senior Vice President of Partnerships

Paris shines with Cutting Edge Research Conference

Paris shines with Cutting Edge Research Conference

Paris shines with Cutting Edge Research Conference

Sep 26, 2018

Paris shines with Cutting Edge Research Conference

Sep 26, 2018

Paris in the Belle Époque was a golden period in the history of the city between the years 1871 to 1914.

It saw the construction of the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Métro, the completion of the Paris Opera, and the beginning of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre. Three lavish “universal expositions” in 1878, 1889 and 1900 brought millions of visitors to Paris to sample the latest innovations in commerce, art, and technology. Paris was the scene of the first public projection of a motion picture, and the birthplace of the Ballets Russes, Impressionism and Modern Art. The expression Belle Époque (“beautiful era”) came into use after the First World War; it was a nostalgic term for what seemed a simpler time of optimism, elegance, and progress.

Entrepreneurs play a major part, they take action toward creating new activities and expanding them, whether in startups or existing organizations.

The attention to entrepreneurial cognition has generated an impressive stream of literature since the early calls for such perspective (e.g. Baron, 1998; Mitchell et all, 2002). Azen (1991) made a seminal contribution to the study of intention formation by proposing the Theory of Planned Behaivor, which entrepreneurship scholars have adopted to investigate intentions related to the start and growth of new ventures.

Adnane Maalaoui, Director for Entrepreneurship Programs at IPAG Business School, and an ICSB 2018 Presidential Award recipient, organized with Erno Tornikoski, Professor in Entrepreneurship at Grenoble de Management, and Professor Veronica Scutto, EMLV Ecole de commerce et management, Paris and in partnership with AIREPME – Association Internationale De Recherche En Entrepreneuriat et PME and with ICSB 2008 Presidential Award Recipient, Catherine Léger-Jarniou, Professor Emeritus, Head of Entrepreneurship Master and Innovative Projects at Paris-Dauphine University and President of the France Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation the Cognitive Perspective in Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Paris from Sept. 23-25th.

There many highlights of the conference, but, in particular, the keynote speech of world-renowned professor, Dr. Icek Azen (pictured above), discussing in more depth the theory of Planned Behaivor and new exciting and progressive entrepreneurship research. A one-of-a-kind and even maybe a tribute to the Belle Époque time of creative ideas that push the envelope of thought. Researchers and a very energetic group of young doctoral students from over 16 countries attended the conference.

At the magnificent gala dinner, the conference awards were presented. ICSB awarded three awards for best doctoral paper and the best overall conference paper. Those recognized were:

Honorable Mention to Ph.D. Student:
 “Using app-based experience sampling methodology to investigate the progression between entrepreneurial intentions and entrepreneurial effort intensity ” – by  Amirsaradi Anahita, Amirsardari Anahita, La Trobe University, Australia

Ph.D. Student Award:
 “Entrepreneurship and Continued Entrepreneurship: Gendered vs. Gender-Neutral Theories” by Asma Zarrouk, Grenoble Ecole de Management/ISG de Sousse, Tunisia

Best Paper Award:
“The Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Academic Entrepreneurial Intention: The moderating role of the Triple Helix Model” by  Vesci M., Botti., Parente R., Feola R., Crudele C., from Salerno University, Italy