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Geneve/Fribourg Entrepreneurship Forum

June 26 – June 29, 2024

The International Council of Small Business (ICSB), summons a world reunion of business people, small business owners, legislators, investigators, and educators, among other sectors, to contribute with creativity and innovative ideas all around the world.

 

The Geneve/Fribourg Entrepreneurship Forum will reunite some of the academic and productive world’s most creative and emphatic leaders. The School of Management in Fribourg HEG-FR, Switzerland will be the host, and this Forum will take place from June 26th to June 29th, 2024.

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MSME Day June 27, 2024

in collaboration with

 

The International Trade Centre  (ITC)
International Labor Organization (ILO)

International Council for Small Business (ICSB)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR), University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

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Conference Overview

WEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
Arrival DayInternational Small and Medium Sized Business Enterprises Day at the United Nations in Geneva.Workshop Sessions and Entreprenuership TalksSight Seeing
  • Arrival Day
  • Sight-Seeing in the Fribourg area
  • Opening Reception in the Evening 
  • Transfer Fribourg to Geneva via shuttle bus

  • United Nations Geneva: ILO, ITC, UNCTAD, and ICSB

  • Perrine de le Court, Director Ashoka Belgium

  • Martin Godel – State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco), Swiss Confederation

  • Sonja Betschart, Co-Founder WeRobotics

  • Louis-Jacques Fillion, Professor Emeritus, HEC Montréal

  • Kristina Babina, Founder and CEO Totup

  • Cameron McKenzie, Founder and CEO Aspire

  • Nigist Goyton, founder and CEO of Ha Hu AG.

  • 6.00 pm: Dinner at Golf Club La Gruyère |, Pont-la-Ville

  • Transfer Geneva to Fribourg via shuttle busNicolas Durand, CEO Abionic SA

  • Thomas Dyllick, Positive Impact Rating for Business School

8:15 am – 8:45 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:45 am – 9:00 am: Opening Ceremony

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Navigating the Future with Empowering Leadership and Sustainability Keynote Speech: Gerhard Andrey: Founder of Liip  and Member of the Swiss Parliament

9:30 am – 10:15 am: To the Edge of Space: Keynote: Raphael Domjan (President of the PlanetSolar Foundation. Roundtable Discussion: Christian Fischer (Co-Founder & CEO Bcomp), Massimo Fiorin (Managing Director Aeropole)

10:15 am – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Parallel Breakout sessions (competitive papers, workshops)

Parallel Session One: Women entrepreneurs: Analia Pastran, Barbara Ramos, Vicky Stylianou, Babina Kristina (moderated by Maya Dougoud) Parallel Sessions Two: Entrepreneurial Leadership Parallel Session Three: 10×10 Program – Globalization of SMEs Parallel Session 4-6: To be Announced on June 1, 2024  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch Innovation Lab Plenary Sessions

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: “The impact of Government & Public Organizations in fostering Entrepreneurship and SMEs” moderated by Dr. Winslow Sargeant (Immediate Past Chair, ICSB) Barbara Ramos (ITC), Dragan Radic (ILO), Matthews Wilson (WTO)

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: “The role of Academia, NGO and private sector on the development of Entrepreneurs and SMEs” moderated by Rico Baldeger, Dean and Professor, School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) Amy Zeng (Dean Sawyer Business School);  Mike Baur (Founder Swiss Venture Group), Marcel Dubey (CEO CP Automation), and Beat Vonlanthen (President of the economic federations Swiss Medtech & Chocosuisse)

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Coffee Break 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Parallel Break-out sessions (competitive papers, workshops)
  • Parallel Session: Family Business: J. De Weck (Magazine Bilan), Liliane Kramer (CEO & owner Joggi Ltd.), Nicolas Staempfli (Member of the Board Staempli Ltd.), Fabrice Simonet (Co-owner of the  Vinery le petit château)
  • Parallel Session: Launch GEM Switzerland Report and Round Table “Entrepreneurial Framework Condition”: Yann Steulet (Director Incubator Fri-up), Juliane Butty (CEO & Co-founder BTRY, Bettina Hirsig (Co-founder Power Coder),
  • Parallel Sessions 3-7: To be Announced on June 1, 2024
 

4:30 pm – 5:25 pm: Closing Plenary Session Keynote: Laurent Lecamp, CEO Montblanc Watch Division: “Building a Story Brand in the Luxury Market”

5:25 pm – 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks

5:45 pm: Walk Old Town Fribourg 6:30 pm: Barbecue reception “Old town Fribourg: Gotteron Valley”
  • Sight seeing Fribourg and Berne
  • Discover how to make Swiss cheese at Fromagerie d’alpage: A typical 17th century chalet
  • Visit Chocolat Cailler

About the Forum

Amidst an entrepreneurial revolution, join a global network of leading researchers and academics as we explore ideas towards a more inclusive, humane future for small businesses and society.

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