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.
In 2016 the following activities deserve a special mention. Also, there are already a few dates for 2017 to mark in your calendars!
At the Swedish Philanthropy Summit held on 14 March, professionalization of the philanthropy sector as a way to solve societal challenges was discussed. Topics such as venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing surfaced during the conference. Among the participants were: Lisa Hehenberger, PhD and Research and Policy Director EVPA, Una Osili, Professor and Research Director Indiana University, Pontus Braunerhjelm, Research Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor KTH, Nina Hoas, Director Philanthropy Advisory UBS Wealth Management, Erik Ullenhag, then Swedish Parliament Finance Committee and Group Leader Liberal Party and Khashayar Farmanbar, Commissioner of the Opposition Social Democratic Party Nacka Municipality. In 2017 Swedish Philanthropy Summit will be held on 24 March.
Philippe Aghion, Professor Collège de France, visited Stockholm and Grand Hôtel on 10 May to receive the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. Pictured above: Christer Villard, Chairman Stockholm Köpmansklubb, donor of the prize, Charlie Karlsson, Chairman of the Prize Committee, myself and the awardee. Professor Aghion is one of the world’s most influential scholars and was awarded for his analyses of the importance of innovation for business development. In 2017 the Award ceremony is held on May 15.
The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report The entrepreneurial challenge – A comparative study of entrepreneurial dynamics in China, Europe and the US was launched on 20 June at a seminar at the Swedish Permanent Representation in Brussels. In the picture: Pontus Braunerhjelm, Research Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor KTH, Muriel Attané, Secretary General EARTO and Richard Hudson, CEO Science Business.
On 17 October Saras D Sarasvathy, Professor University of Virginia, visited Stockholm to hold our 2016 Swedish Schumpeter Lecture. Professor Sarasvathy is best known for her work on “effectuation”, the entrepreneurial way to make decisions. She held an inspiring lecture communicating that entrepreneurship is something everyone can learn. Pictured above: Saras D Sarasvathy, Magnus Henrekson, Professor and Managing Director IFN, Cecilia Bergh, CEO and Founder Mando Group and myself.
The launch of the 2016 Swedish Economic Forum Report was held on 24 November. The topic this year was immigration, economic integration and entrepreneurship. The authors of the anthology analyzed ways of improving economic integration of immigrants and found four main paths toward that goal. One conclusion was that an increasingly heterogeneous labor market demands a reformation of the wage structure to allow for more differentiated wage distribution. Sameeksha Desai, Associate Professor Indiana University contributed with the chapter Economic Integration of Refugee Migrants: Considerations for Policy Makers. The launch of the 2017 Swedish Economic Forum Report will be held on 23 November.
In addition to those already mentioned we are very pleased to have hosted many distinguished international guests over the year. To mention a few: Andrew W. Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD, visited to present the OECD report The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy, Mao Yushi, Professor and Founder of the independent Chinese Unirule Institute of Economics held keynote at our conference on the Chinese economic reform agenda. David Audretsch, Professor Indiana University, presented his latest book The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence at a much appreciated seminar, and Augusto Lopez-Claros visited our conference on competitiveness to present some of the findings from the World Bank Doing Business Index as well as their country specific study on Sweden.
Finally, my colleagues and I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to resume contact with inspiring and research disseminating meetings and activities in 2017!
Johan Eklund, Managing Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum
and Professor BTH och JIBS