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Focus on property rights for Global Award 2017

On Monday May 15 the 2017 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was awarded to Hernando de Soto, founder of the think-tank Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru. In his prize lecture, he referred to a large parallel world of five billion people without property rights or evidence of who they are. These […]

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Global Award 2017: Prize ceremony and lecture

The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the leading international award for research on entrepreneurship. The Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000. This year, the award is awarded to Hernando de Soto, Head of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) in Lima, Peru. He holds a prize lecture in […]

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The Nordic philanthropy model: holistic and impact driven

On the fifth annual edition of Swedish Philanthropy Summit an interview study with over 40 Nordic philanthropists and foundation representatives was launched and a specific Nordic philanthropy model was presented. Documentation from the event is now available, why not watch the webcast?

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Creating impact through philanthropy – A Nordic perspective  

Zurich/Stockholm [ ]: Today, UBS and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum launched a study on philanthropy in the Nordic countries, entitled “Creating impact through philanthropy – a Nordic perspective”. The study was based on in-depth interviews with over 40 philanthropists across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden focusing on issues such as donor motivations and influences, philanthropic […]

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Research on the Role of Institutions Rewarded with 100,000 Euros

The 2017 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), in Lima, Peru. The Global Award is the most prominent international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of € 100,000. De Soto is awarded for developing a new understanding of how institutions underpin […]

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What we can learn from the American model

Thursday 12 January Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation, NNR, invited to a seminar with the theme Better regulations – how is it possible?  Keynote speaker was Cass Sunstein, Harvard professor, who spoke about how the American administrations since Reagan – regardless of political view – have worked actively […]

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Doing Business 2017: Sweden does well but not at frontier

On Thursday 19 January the World Bank Doing Business Report 2017 was launched in Sweden at a seminar hosted by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. The report shows that even though Sweden performs well, there is still some distance to the top performers.

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Creating Impact through Philanthropy

Welcome to Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s annual conference Swedish Philanthropy Summit on Friday March 24 in Stockholm. At the conference we will launch our latest report ”Creating Impact through Philanthropy: A Nordic perspective” produced in collaboration with UBS Philanthropy Advisory. The study is based on interviews with more than 40 philanthropists and foundation representatives in Denmark, Finland, […]

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Europe’s Hidden Entrepreneurs Make Up for Continent’s Low Start-Up Rate

Europe has long had the paradoxical reputation of a continent with low levels of entrepreneurship, yet high overall levels of economic competitiveness. A new report produced by the World Economic Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor provides an explanation: Europe is home to many intrapreneurs, individuals who choose to innovate within organizations.

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Holiday Greetings from Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

In 2016 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum have published thought-provoking reports and organized timely seminars with debate-hungry panelists. All to expand your knowledge about entrepreneurship, innovation, business dynamics, and growth. A few activities deserve a special mention, read on for more information. Also, there are already a few dates for 2017 to mark in your calendars!

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More Knowledge Means Bigger Dreams

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s yearly philanthropic seminar in connection to the Swedish celebration of Saint Lucia took place on Tuesday December 13. This year’s subject was the role of civil society in integration of immigrants. Professor Una Osili, Research Director at Indiana University, presented her latest research on how immigrants contribute to common goods.  

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How can regulatory frameworks be improved?

What does efficient regulation and governance look like? Which frameworks and institutions are necessary to propel the political system forward? What are the challenges and considerations? Welcome to a lunch seminar on 12 January  co-hosted by Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation (NNR) where Professor Cass Sunstein discusses how to arrive at […]

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New Report: Blockchain – Decentralized Trust

The accelerating pace of technological development places high demands on companies and institutions to stay abreast of new technologies and their potential impact. Blockchain technology has become of significant interest to business leaders and policy makers due to its rapid development and disruptive potential. It has inspired – and in some cases even forced – […]

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Entrepreneurial dynamics in cities and nations

On September 27 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum co-arranged a seminar in Washington DC where the role of global cities in promoting trade, innovation, growth and global entrepreneurship conditions were examined. In sum, key drivers for reform is access to relevant data and a strategy on how to improve a city’s or a country’s performance.

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Web broadcast: Innovation Hubs & Global Entrepreneurship

How does entrepreneurship conditions vary among nations across the globe, and what is the relation between entrepreneurship and business regulations? On September 27 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum co-organized a seminar in Washington DC where the role of global cities in promoting trade, innovation, and growth with focus on highly ranked innovative hubs Stockholm and San Diego […]

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German Crisis Response: Entrepreneurship and Hard Work

Professor David Audretsch visited Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum to present his new book “The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence“ on 7 September 2016. An entrepreneurial culture, flexible labor market, openness, and improved image were mentioned as some of the German success factors.

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Saras D Sarasvathy, Swedish Schumpeter Lecturer 2016!

On October 17 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum organizes Swedish Schumpeter Lecture 2016, this year’s lecturer is Professor Saras D Sarasvathy, Darden School of Business University of Virginia.

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Regulation, taxes and incentives for entrepreneurship

The 2016 GEM-report, The entrepreneurial challenge – A comparative study of entrepreneurial dynamics in China, Europe and the US was launched at a seminar at the Swedish Permanent Representation in Brussels on 20 June. The report shows that the number of people actively involved in starting a business in Sweden is growing faster than in many […]

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Anglo-Saxon countries outperform EU in entrepreneurship

Anglo-Saxon countries outperform all other countries in all entrepreneurial dimensions – entrepreneurship rate, new business ownership, women’s entrepreneurship and future potential entrepreneurs, according to the new report “The entrepreneurial challenge – A comparative study of entrepreneurial dynamics in China, Europe and the US” launched today by Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.

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In Focus: Chinese Economic Reforms

On 14 June Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis co-hosted a seminar on the Chinese economic reform agenda. Professor Mao Yushi, founder of the independent Unirule Institue of Economics held a keynote on the theme “Basic Feature of Chinese Economy“.

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Pioneer scholar Aghion celebrated in Stockholm

Philippe Aghion, Professor Collège de France, visited Stockholm and Grand Hôtel on 10 May to receive the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. After the ceremony he held a prize lecture about growth enigmas and discussed innovation and growth policy with an expert panel.

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Pioneer in Research on Growth Rewarded with 100 000 Euros 

The 2016 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France and previously Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Global Award is the most prominent international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum of € 100 000. Professor Aghion is awarded for his analyses of the […]

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Sweden scores high in innovation but action is needed

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and VINNOVA arranged a joint seminar when Andrew W. Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD, visited Sweden to present the OECD report “The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy”. According to the report Sweden performs well but improvements are required, specifically in terms of governance and […]

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Swedish Economic Forum Report 2015

The Swedish Economic Forum Report 2015 addresses incentives for profits as well as the function and effects of the so-called welfare sectors. At times this subject give rise to an intense debate in Sweden. The controversy revolves primarily around whether profits are consistent with, or contrary to, the provision of high quality welfare services. The […]

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International Market Exit and Re-entry:

On March 16 2016 the report International Market Exit and Re-entry: An empirical study of the export patterns of Swedish SMEs authored by Lucia Naldi Andrea Kuiken, Professor and Doctoral at Jönköping International Business School was launched. At the seminar exports and imports, global value chains, businesses’ export maturity and the need to defuse exports – […]

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Philantrophy a way of solving societal challenges!

On March 14, at Swedish Philantrophy Summit 2016, philanthropy was disussed through an American, European and Swedish perspective. During the conference it was established that philanthropy is a key to solving societal challenges. However, Sweden and Europe have a lot to learn from the US; more cooperation between the government, the civil society and the business sector […]

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New report on export patterns of SMEs

NEW REPORT: The report International Market Exit and Re-entry: An empirical study of export patterns of Swedish SMEs empirically identifies the patterns of export development in a sample of Swedish SMEs. It also empirically examines how the relationship between firm size, organizational slack, firm age, export strategy and family ownership influences the different export patterns, including exit and re-entry.

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A review of the circular economy and its implementation

A circular economy aims to reduce, reuse and recycle materials as a strategy to tackle urgent problems of environmental degradation and resource scarcity. Research suggest that entrepreneurs have the potential to promote development of a sustainable economy but further knowledge about conditions and regulations for sustainable business is needed. The author maps how a number of countries, […]

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Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2016

Swedish Philanthropy Summit is our annual philanthropy event that brings together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss philanthropy’s role as an important factor for entrepreneurship, cultural diversity and social change. Both internationally renowned scientists as well-known philanthropists, politicians and practitioners will participate in the program. This year’s keynote speaker is Professor Una Okonkwo Osili, […]

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An eventful and exciting 2015 is coming to an end as well as Johan Eklund’s first year as Managing Director of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Thanks to all of you in our network; decisionmakers, practitioners and researchers who engage in issues relating to entrepreneurship, innovation and business dynamics. You contribute to Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum being a well-renowned […]

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Dynamics of a city

December 7 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum arranged a seminar with Geoffrey Hewings professor at University of Illinois. Professor Hewings research focuses on what makes a city competitive and in what way the city region and growth is connected with the development of demographics as well as consumption and migration patterns.

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Regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship

Pontus Braunerhjelm, Sameeksha Desai and Johan Eklund have written the introduction to a special issue of European Journal of Law and Economics. The introduction and the special issue seeks to shed some light on the relationship between regulation, firm dynamics and entrepreneurship.

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Collaborative Economy – Workshop

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the European Commission are organizing a workshop on Wednesday the 25th of November. The purpose is to develop a deeper understanding of the collaborative economy and hear from the business community, local and national authorities, as well as academics, think tanks, and NGOs.

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From Entrepreneurial Chaos to Growth: A Policy Agenda

On Wednesday 21 October, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum organized a workshop with focus on entrepreneurial activity, attitude and ambition in Europe, China and the US at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Hangzhou, China. What are the similarities and differences between Europe, China and the US in terms of level of entrepreneurial activity, ambition of entrepreneurs in terms of growth, internalization […]

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Swedish Business Climate in Need of Reform

On October 1 Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum arranged a seminar when Augusto López-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis at the World Bank, visited Sweden to present results from two World Bank reports on the Swedish business climate. Even though Sweden is doing well, there is room for improvement; not least in the education system, tax levels […]

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New talent at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

This fall, five new co-workers have started work at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Pardis Nabavi is our new researcher replacing Maria Adenfelt and Ylva Skoogberg takes over from Mikael Jorstig to lead projects with regional focus. Professor Carl B Hamilton is our new affiliated researcher and senior advisor and our new PhD students, Emma Lappi and Joakim Skoog, add muscles to […]

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Braunerhjelm Visiting Scholar at STIAS

Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm will spend the month of September in South Africa as a Visiting Scholar at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), an independent institute at the University of Stellenbosch. At STIAS, Professor Braunerhjelm will, apart from spending time on research, form part of the organising committee for the roundtable  conference “Innovation driven growth in […]

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Can reformed bankruptcy and insolvency rules lead to more entrepreneurship?

Wednesday 17 June Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and The Swedish Agency for Growth Analysis organized a seminar that discussed whether Sweden should reform the bankruptcy and insolvency rules in order to improve the conditions for entrepreneurship. Participants included Robert Eberhart, Professor at Santa Clara University and Stanford University.

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Entrepreneurial climate and prospective growth

How can policymakers facilitate and foster entrepreneurship? And how can women entrepreneurship improve? That was questions discussed when Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum launched a new report, The Entrepreneurial Code – Entrepreneurial climate and prospective growth in Europe and US, at the House of Sweden on June 1 2015.

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U.S. Twice as Entrepreneurial as Europe

The U.S. entrepreneurial level, 13.8 percent, is about twice that of the EU-countries. And China is basically on par with the U.S. according to the new report “The entrepreneurial code – A Comparative Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics in China, Europe and the U.S.” from Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. The report is based on data from the […]

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Private and State Owned Enterprise – Business Dynamics in China

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum arranged a seminar in Stockholm presenting new and controversial research on private and state owned enterprise in China. Chinese academics discussed their research on business dynamics in China with a panel of well-known Swedish experts on the topic.

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Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2015

Philanthropy as an important factor for entrepreneurship, diversity and change in both the Swedish and the international economy was dicussed by prominent researchers as well as philanthropists, politicians and practitioners at the Swedish Philanthropy Summit 2015.

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Research on Evolutionary Economics Rewarded

The 2015 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Sidney Winter, Deloitte and Touche Professor Emeritus of Management at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Global Award is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize amount of 100 000 Euros. Professor Winter is awarded for his profound understanding of dynamic competition, […]

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Global Entrepreneurship Report: Sweden second in business opportunities

Entrepreneurs in EU countries are most internationalized but less optimistic than others in terms of entrepreneurial opportunities. Sweden is, however, in second place in terms of how entrepreneurs perceive business opportunities. In addition, Sweden is the sixth most globalized country in the EU, 27 percent of the entrepreneurs have at least 25 percent of their customers […]

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Highly educated three times as productive

Swedish Economic Forum Report 2014 – A functioning labor market – key to innovation and knowledge-driven growth – shows that there is a significant need for a labor market reforms in Sweden. According to research, mobility has a clear positive impact on business innovation. The explanations are a better match but also that mobility contributes to […]

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Social Impact Investment – financing future challenges

On Friday December 12, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Forum for Social Innovation Sweden arranged a lunch seminar on new forms of financing social innovation. The audience listened to presentations and discussions on Social Impact Investment – investments for a better and more sustainable society. Read more >

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Global Award for research on Corporate Entrepreneurship

The 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was awarded on December 3 at a ceremony at the Academy of Music in Stockholm. This year’s laureate, Professor Shaker Zahra, was awarded the prize for his research in Corporate Entrepreneurship – intrapreneurship – i.e. firms abilities to develop innovations and contribute to economic growth by using the […]

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New Managing Director at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

Dr. Johan Eklund will as of January 1st supersede as Managing Director of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. He succeeds Pontus Braunerhjelm who has been Managing Director since 2008. Johan Eklund is Professor of Economics at Jönköping International Business School and has since 2012 been Research Director at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Johan is currently also Deputy Secretary […]

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A functioning labor market key to innovation and knowledge driven growth

It was crowded when the 2014 Swedish Economic Forum Report was launched Thursday Nov 20th. This year’s report focuses on research on higher education, labor and innovation. Questions around higher education and professional development for improved matching on the Swedish labor market where, among many other issues, discussed.

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New ways of financing future societal challenges

New ways of funding social innovation has in recent years attracted great interest in Sweden and internationally. One example is the Social Impact Investment Taskforce initiated in 2013 by British Prime Minister David Cameron and the World Economic Forum together with the G8 countries. On December 12th Philanthropy Forum and Forum for Social Innovation invite […]

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Welcome to Prize Ceremony for Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research on December 3rd

This year’s Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is rewarded on December 3rd at a ceremony in Stockholm. Award winner 2014, Professor Shaker Zahra, attends the ceremony along with invited guests.

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The road to prosperity according to Deirdre McCloskey

On Wednesday November 5, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum arranged Swedish Schumpeter Lecture 2014. This year’s speaker was Deirdre McCloskey, professor in economics, history, English and communication at University of Illinois, Chicago on the theme How We Actually Got Rich: The Liberal Plan of Equality.

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Finance guru Leo Melamed visited Stockholm

On Thursday, October 23. Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum together with Nasdaq Stockholm arranged a seminar with Leo Melamed, the man who established Financial Futures. The audience was told of  how Leo Melamed got an education, became friends with Milton Friedman and acquired a successful career in the financial business. 

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Mariana Mazzucato and The Entrepreneurial State

The well renowned professor Mariana Mazzucato visited Stockholm on September 30 and October 1 to speak at seminars arranged by Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, VINNOVA (Sweden’s innovation agency) and Statistics Sweden. Mariana Mazzucato presented her research on the relationship between financial markets, innovation and economic growth.

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Digging for Gold in the Green Economy

Development and diffusion of new technology, especially in the field of environmental technologies, is a necessary element in solving the sustainability challenge. At a seminar organized by the European Liberal Forum Maria Adenfelt, Research Director at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum will present the report “Digging for Gold in the Green Economy” on private investments in green initiatives. The […]

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Does Swedish life science have a future?

Sweden has lost 4 000 jobs in the life science sector the past five years. On October 8, Lars Backsell, Leif Johansson and Susanne Ås Sivborg among others discuss opportunities for Swedish life science at a seminar at Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Read more »

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Research Director Johan Eklund at like Entrepreneurship forum in Lille

On Monday, September 15, “like entrepreneurship forum” will take place in Lille, France. Swedish entrepreneurship forum’s Research Director, Johan Eklund, is the main speaker. Together with other researchers, experts and entrepreneurs he will give his opinion about the theme of the year “Support tomorrow’s entrepreneurs“. Johan will also talk about how a research organization like […]

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Focus on venture philantrophy

On Thursday August 28. the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum organized a day on venture philanthropy and social investment. The morning was dedicated to Scandinavian members EVPA and the rest of the day was open for organizations interested in venture philanthropy and social investment. Read more »

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University rankings – to what use?

Three Swedish universities rank among the top 100 in the world according to this year’s university ranking from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. What does the ranking of universities, researchers and students mean in practice? On September 1, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and CIRCLE, Lund University arrange a joint seminar on the benefit of university rankings. Read […]

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Successful symposium on philanthropy

It was crowded when Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium 2014 was held at the Museum of Modern Art on May 21. 220 participants gathered to listen and discuss how philanthropy could be a major, and frequent, part of the Swedish economy. Read more »

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Mobilising Private Funds for the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

In September 2013 IPCC reconfirmed that limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition to a low-carbon society at reasonable costs will not be possible without technological change. Society needs to develop and introduce new technologies and see a rapid deployment of existing solutions.

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New Deputy Managing Director appointed to Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum Entrepreneurship Forum appoints as of May 1, 2014 Pernilla Norlin new Deputy Managing Director. Pernilla has held various executive functions and is well placed to take a broader responsibility within the organization.

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Pontus Braunerhjelm Chairs Swedish Entrepreneurship Committee

The Swedish government appoints an Entrepreneurship Committee with the task of reviewing corporate tax rates and conditions to start, operate, develop and own businesses in Sweden. Pontus Braunerhjelm, CEO at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor at the Royal Institute of Engineering, is designated as the Chairman of the Committee.

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Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship Rewarded with 100 000 Euros

The 2014 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Shaker Zahra, Professor of Strategy and Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Global Award is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research. Read more »

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New anthology covers 20 years of Entrepreneurship Research

Authored by awardees of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, the anthology 20 years of Entrepreneurship Research – From small business dynamics to entrepreneurial growth and societal prosperity tells the story about entrepreneurship research over the past 20 years and mark the 20th anniversary of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Read more »

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A changing global innovation landscape

Swedish firms are at the forefront of global innovation activites. Sweden is ranked no.1 in R&D investments among OECD countries to China and India, the top destinations for R&D offshoring and innovation collaborations. A new report maps the challenges and opportunities associated with a changing global innovation landscape. Download the report »

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Past, Present, and Future of Business Regulation

On 20-21 Februari, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s Research Manager Johan Eklund participates in the World Bank conference Doing Business: Past, Present and Future of Business Regulation in Washington DC. The conference brings together academics, World Bank Group staff and development professionals from around the world to discuss the impact of regulatory reform and to guide the Doing Business report project […]

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3D Printing – Economic and Public Policy Implications

3D Printing or additive manufacturing is a revolutionary technology where products are printed from a digital blueprint without the demand for large-scale manufacturing or factories. A new report from Swedish EntreprenurshipForum predicts that the development of additive manufacturing could lead to a re-industrialisation and regionalisation of small-scale manufacturing. Dowload the report »

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Call for Papers: Innovation in Multiple Systems

The 2014 Transatlantic Policy Consortium Conference “Innovation in Multiple Systems” now invites papers. The conference will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington 22-25 June. Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum Research Manager Johan Eklund is part of the Organizing Committee. Read more »

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Swedish Economic Forum Report 2013

The launch of the 2013 Swedish Economic Forum Report took place on November 27. This year, authors focused on institutions, laws and regulations that promote a productive entrepreneurship and sustainable economic growth. Is the ability to develop, commercialize and apply new knowledge enhanced through institutional design? An english summary of the report is now available. […]

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Nobel Lecture with Robert J. Shiller

On 13 December, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH Royal Institute of Technology arranged a lecture with 2013 Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel recipient Professor Robert J. Shiller. The lecture focused on Shiller’s latest book Finance and the Good Society where he emphasizes the need for well-functioning financial markets and the importance of financial […]

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Mobilizing Private Funds for the Transition to a Green Economy

On 28 November, Maria Adenfelt, Research Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and co-authors Mark Sanders, Utrecht University and Ulrika Stavlöt, Fores, participated in a European Liberal Forum conference in The Hague to present the research project Mobilizing Private Funds for the Transition to a Green Economy. Read more »  

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Labor Market Rigidities, Human Capital and Innovation in a Globalised World

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis and The Swedish Embassy in Washington DC arranged a seminar regarding the interrelations between labor market rigidities, human capital and innovation in a globalized world on the 21st of October. Read more »

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Canadians wrote winning contribution

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum funded the ”best paper award” on entreprenurship at the European Regional Science Association, ERSA, Summer School. Cédric Brunelles och Jean Dubés – both at Université du Québec à Rimouski wrote the winning paper “Does proximity increases the resilience of firms in remote areas? An analysis of plant closures in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence […]

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Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s Annual Report 2012

In 2012 we published 26 studies, ranging from questions on how the digital cloud affects entrepreneurship to studies concerning the possibilities of an active and countercyclical entrepreneurship policy. We have maintained an active role in the economic discourse by persistently pointing to the need for structural and industrial policies that complement macroeconomic efforts. Read all […]

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Dr Steven Klepper, recipient of the 2011 Global Award, dies at 64.

Steven Klepper, the Hamerschlag Professor of Economics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away the 27th of May. The 2011 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research was a globally respected and recognized scholar and an appreciated teacher at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Johanna Palmberg published in Corporate Governance: An International Review

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum Research Director Johanna Palmberg’s article Foreign Direct Investors as Change Agents: The Swedish Firm Experience, written together with Kathy Fogel, Wayne Lee and Kevin Lee has been accepted for publication in Corporate Governance: An International Review. 

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Eklund published in European Journal of Law and Economics

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s Johan Eklund and Per-Olof Bjuggren, JIBS, article Property Rights and the Cost of Capital was published European Journal of Law and Economics, Volume 35,  April 2013. The Working Paper is published in our series.

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Festive ceremony when Maryann Feldman received Global Award

On May 15, Professor Maryann Feldmann received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2013. Swedish Minister for Finance Anders Borg, Professor Maria Strömme och businessman Melker Schörling, among others, participated in the seminar following the award ceremony. Read more »

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A competitive EU at the right price

To arrive at a lasting solution to the economic crisis and return to a robust growth trajectory, EU faces the challenge of increasing its competitiveness in the global economy. Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum invites you to a Brussels book launch and seminar on 29 May. Read more »

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Green Tech in Investor’s Interest

It makes financial sense for investors to fund green entrepreneurship. Green funding, transition to a sustainable economy and the Government Cleantech Strategy was discussed at a seminar arranged by Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CECIS) , Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Fores. Read more »

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Why philanthropy matters

It’s finally here! Little over a year ago, Professor Zoltan Acs, George Mason University, visited Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum to talk about his forthcoming book Why Philanthropy Matters. The first chapter is available for download at the Princeton University Press website Read more »

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Call for papers: Innovation, Entrepreneurial Universities and Economic Development

CIRCLE and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum cordially invites scholars to submit paper proposals for a conference on innovations, entrepreneurial universities and economic development in Lund 17-18 May 2013.

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Research on Geography of Innovation Rewarded with 100 000 Euros

The 2013 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is awarded to Professor Maryann Feldman, Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the leading international award in entrepreneurship research with a prize sum […]

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Swedes Spearheading Research on Entrepreneurship

A Special Section on Entrepreneurship is included in the latest issue of the prestigious scientific journal Industrial and Corporate Change. This is a joint project of IFN and Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, lead by the CEOs Magnus Henrekson and Pontus Braunerhjelm, who have been guest editors heading a group of Swedish researchers, in detail studying the […]

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Growth policy – one size does not fit all

The 2013 Swedish Schumpeter Lecturer Philippe Aghion, Harvard University, highlighted how democracy, level of development and competition are important factors to consider when designing growth and innovation policy . Read more »  

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Dr Arnold C. Cooper 1997 Global Award recipient dies at 79

One of the true pioneers in the field of entrepreneurship research, Dr Arnold C. Cooper, has passed away. Dr Cooper was a leading entrepreneurship scholar for more than three decades. Since the sixties, Dr Cooper has made important empirical and theoretical contributions within the field of entrepreneurship and small business research.

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Swedish Economic Forum Report 2012

By the end of 2012 the leading economies and strongest regions are still searching for a way out of slow growth and recession. Conventional monetary
policies have been replaced by more unconventional measures such as quantitative easing with uncertain long-time outcomes, and fiscal policies are circumscribed due to either divergent political views (e g US fiscal […]

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Cloud Computing – Challenges and Opportunities

The new report Cloud Computing – Challenges and Opportunities for Swedish Entrepreneurs describes the challenges and opportunities facing Swedish software industry and its entrepreneurs. The report expands the view of ‘entrepreneur’ to include entrepreneurs in the whole software related industry, and expands the geographical view to include the European perspective.

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RegBlog: Labour Regulations provides single-track commuter

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum’s Research Director Johan Eklund highlights one of the best examples of how rules distort the single market of Europe. At the University of Pennsylvania’s RegBlog he points to the startling asymmetry in commuting between Malmö and Copenhagen.

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Regulations, Entrepreneurship and Market Dynamics

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum is launching a wide-ranging research project on regulations, focussing on how regulations affect entrepreneurship and market dynamics. The research project takes a broad approach to regulations and the economic consequences of regulations. Read more about the project »

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Venture capital in the welfare sector

Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School and 2010 recipient of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, guided the audience in an Almedalen seminar of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum through the state of the art in private equity knowledge, trying to answer the question whether this kind of ownership is good or bad in the welfare sector. Read summary »

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor – National Report 2012

The Swedish paradox: Swedes perceive good opportunities to start a business, but very few actually do, and among those who start a business growth aspirations are modest. Instead the entrepreneurial skills of Swedes seem to be channeled into intrapreneurship (entrepreneurial activity among employees), where Sweden ranks the highest of all countries surveyed in the GEM […]

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Sweden’s Position in the Global Economy

Maintaining a competitive edge is a challenge, especially when an economy is already doing relatively well. Perhaps self-satisfaction is Sweden’s most dangerous threath. This report, authored by Christian Ketels, Harvard Business School and Stockholm School of Economics, outlines Sweden’s main challenges in the globalized economy. Download the report >>

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Win the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards!

Undergraduate students that own and run businesses while attending ”universitet” or ”högskola” in Sweden can apply for: Årets studentföretagare 2012! Last date to apply: June 29th 2012. >> Read more

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The current state of the VC industry

The current state of the venture capital industry, written by Anna Söderblom, PhD Stockholm School of Economics, describes the development and structure of the Swedish venture capital industry. Download the report »  

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GEM 2011 Global Report

Despite recession and debt crisis, entrepreneurial activities are up in many countries accordning to the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report. How this is possible was subject to lively discussion at the GEM Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This years special theme is intrapreneurship, i e entrepreneurial activity among employees.  Among the 54 countries in the […]

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Internationalization Competence of SMEs

In a small home-market economy like Sweden, an important direction for growth is to expand internationally. Many companies do not dare to interntionalize due to a percieved lack of competence. In this report, Professor Leona Achtenhagen, JIBS, explores the competences relevant for SMEs and the derived implications for policy-makers. Download the report »

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Embracing Failure: Creative Destruction and Its Consequences

Our first Swedish Schumpeter Lecture – “Embracing Failure: Creative Destruction and Its Consequences” was held on 9 November. The  2011 Schumpeter lecturer was William B. Gartner, Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson University, USA. Professor Gartner’s presentation slides »

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Global entrepreneurship: the latest research on business creation

The 2011 ICSB conference was held in Stockholm in June. A following conference will discuss the latest research on business creation. The upcoming event, in Washington DC on October 6-8, aims to enhance the scientific understanding of how people start businesses using the latest state-of-the-art methodologies.

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Nano-economics and the wealth of regions

Professor Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research in Stockholm from the hands of H.R.H. Prince Daniel on the ICSB-conference. The following week he visited the universities in Linköping and Gothenburg for lectures on Nano-economics and the wealth of regions.

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Award winner on Sweden tour

The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy Maud Olofsson will open the ICSB conference and H.R.H. Prince Daniel participates in the prize ceremony of the prestigious Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research to this year’s winner Steven Klepper, Professor Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Klepper will hold his award lecture in Stockholm on June 18th […]

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Welcome to the 56th edition of the World Conference ICSB

On June 15 to 18 researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs gather in Stockholm to discuss entrepreneurship and innovation from a global perspective. The 2011 ICSB-conference, with the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, as hosts, gather a number of the absolute top names in entrepreneurship research and is expected […]

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Can the EMU survive without a fiscal union?

Can a currency union survive without a fiscal union? Could a more ambitious redistribution of resources be carried out at EU level, compensating for imbalances between countries and regions in times of crisis? Could credibility and trust be re-established, without taxes and redistribution carried out at EU level? These questions were discussed at the Swedish […]

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Female Entrepreneurship—Myths and Realities

The economic situation of a country does not explain how entrepreneurial women in that country are, rather the social, cultural and political contexts. That was one conclusion made at a seminar at the House of Sweden, Washington DC, March 15.

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Building an entrepreneurial ecosphere

Global leaders, entrepreneurs and intermediary organizations from more than 100 countries will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, co-hosted by the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurship Foundation for Graduates in Shanghai, China.

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Steven Klepper 2011 Global Award Recipient

The American Professor Steven Klepper is the 2011 recipient of the worlds most prestigious Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.

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An innovation strategy for Sweden

The Swedish Economic Forum Report 2010, An innovation strategy for Sweden, presents the idea of introducing an innovation policy framework in order to create trustworthy long term conditions that will serve to augment growth and raise prosperity in the Swedish economy.

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Nobel Laureate visited Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

Professor Peter A. Diamond, MIT, one of this year’s Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences, will visited Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH Royal Institute of Technology on December 9. Pontus Braunerhjelm, Managing Director of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, participated in the seminar.

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Welcome to a conference on Societal Entrepreneurship

A new Swedish research project, “Societal Entrepreneurship in sparsely populated areas”, will start up with a one-day conference on the 9th of December and a half-day seminar on the 10th of December. The conference takes place at Södra Berget, Sundsvall, Sweden.

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Student competitions – a winning recipe

The 2010 winner of the Swedish final of Global Student Entrepreneurship Award is Chu Zhu and his business Student Competitions.

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Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

At the grande finale of this year’s Entrepreneurship Week, the award ceremony in Stockholm on May 26, Josh Lerner, received the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2010.

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Public procurement and its implications for government support policies, innovation and growth

Swedish Entrepreneruship Forum hosted a seminar in Brussels on May 17. The seminar topic was public procurement and its implications for government support policies, innovation and growth.

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The Future for Entrepreneurship and SME Policies in European Countries

The conference in Stockholm May 5 showed examples and results of different measures taken within SME policies in the European countries.

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Advanced Public Procurement as Industrial Policy?

The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum invites you to a Brussels seminar on May 17! Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Managing Director of the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, will lead a discussion on public procurement and its implications for government support policies, innovation and growth.

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The Future for Entrepreneurship and SME Policies in European Countries

One Day Conference – Wednesday May 5th  Stockholm, Sweden

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New GEM team from Sweden

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor will as from 2010 again include data from Sweden  on entrepreneurial activity. Thanks to Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, now the prospective team from Sweden.

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Workshop on the Impact of the Crisis on SMEs

The European Parliament has founded a committee (CRIS) with the purpose of studying the impact of the financial crisis on SMEs.  As a part of this ambition a workshop was organized in the European Parliament on February 1st. Experts from several member states were invited, including Pontus Braunerhjelm, professor, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

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Pioneering Research on Venture Capital Rewarded With 100 000 euros

The 2010 recipient of the worlds most prestigious Award in entrepreneurship research, the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, was announced today. Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, will receive 100.000 euros for his influential contributions to the field of entrepreneurship research.

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ICSB 2011 – Back to the Future

The 56th Annual ICSB World Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden 15 – 18 June 2011.  The International Council for Small Business, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth – the three organisations arranging the conference – guarantee you an exclusive learning experience. Furthermore, you will be able to extend your professional network […]

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Global Award Winner to be Announced in February

The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research has become firmly established as the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship. This Prize is awarded annually and it consists of the statuette “The Hand of God”, created by Swedish Sculptor Carl Milles, and a Prize sum of 100,000 euros.  The 2010 Award Winner will be announced at the Swedish […]

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Beyond the crisis – implications for SMEs and entrepreneurs

At the joint conference organised by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Swedish government Agency Growth Analysis, a number of well known researchers and other experts analysed the implications of the financial crisis on SMEs and job creation. A special focus was on the financial markets and their functioning from a small business perspective.

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A Redefined Forum

Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (former Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research, FSF) has undergone some changes during the last year. The new Managing Director, Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, has redefined the research areas as well as complemented FSF’s previous strongholds with new staff.

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From the Iron Curtain to the Common Market

Företagarna (Swedish Federation of Business Owners) and Entreprenörskapsforum (Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum) held a seminar on the implications of the European Commission’s newly adopted strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.   Read more »

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International Council met in Washington

The International Council met for a scientific meeting in Washington on October 29th. Questions about the research frontiers within entrepreneurship and innovation research were discussed as well as the issues to come and in which direction is the discipline moving. Read more »

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