The Future for Entrepreneurship and SME Policies in European Countries

One Day Conference – Wednesday May 5th  Stockholm, Sweden


10.00  Welcome Addresses
Dr Thomas Cooney (ECSB/Ireland) and  Professor Anders Lundström (Growth Analysis/MälardalensUniversity)
Moderator: Deputy Managing Director Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Sweden

10.20 Benefits from Public Counselling Services
- The Nordic challenge and its policy implications, Project Manager Thomas Ebdrup, FORA,  Denmark
- Councelling services for growth, Marie Ahlgren, Business Area Manager, ALMI Företagspartner
Comments by  Head of Division Development, Anna Bünger, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Sweden

11.20 Coffee break

11.50 Does Entrepreneurship Education Matter?
- Plant a seed, cultivate an idea, reap a reward, Erik Burton, Learning & Teaching Scotland  – National Development Officer and West Lothian Council – Enterprise in  Education Development Officer.
- Implementation, dissemination and effects of entrepreneurship education in Norway, Ass professor Beate Rotefoss, Bodö Graduate School of Business, Norway
Comments by Ass professor Miquel Meuleman, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Belgium

12.50 Lunch

13.50 Financing SMEs
- Financing SMEs in Finland – the case of Finnvera Plc, Professor Jarna Heinonen, Turku School of Economics,University of Turku, Finland
- International research of effects of public sector investments in the VC market, Dr Anders Isaksson, UmeåUniversity, Sweden (tbc)
Comments from dr Chunyan Zhou, International Triple Helix Institute, Spain

14.50 Coffee break

15.00 What is the Future for Entrepreneurship and SME Policies across Europe?
Panel Discussion – Professor Joao Leitao, ECSB/University of Beira Interior, Portugal,  Dr Peter Vikström, Growth Analysis, Sweden, Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Managing director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, and Director Inga Thoresson-Hallgren, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications

15.50 Concluding remarks and discussions
Professors David Storey, University of Sussex, UK and Anders Lundström

16.30 End of Conference


Practical details: The conference will take place at Lundqvist & Lindqvist conference center, www.lundqvist-lindqvist.se, Klarabergsviadukten 90, room S:t Clara. There is no fee for participation in the conference.
The number of participants is limited.

Registration: To register please visit www.icsbknowledge.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=28
Organizers: Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, Growth Anlysis, European Council for Small Business (ECSB)