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Pio Manzu Award Speech: Building an Entrepreneurial Society in Italy

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 in Articles

Small Business is the Problem to be Solved: Growing Businesses are the Solution Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice, Babson Global Executive Director, Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, October 14, 2012 Three months ago quite by coincidence, I discovered that 10 of my former students from Harvard and Babson over the past 7 years have started ventures from scratch which have created over 2000 jobs and well over $1 billion in wealth. One is an online gaming company in Latin America, one is an outsourcing company in India, one is a biotech company in Israel, one is a direct insurance company in Japan that went public last year, and one is a media company in Silicon Valley that was just bought by Google for a reported $250 million. Read more Pio Manzu Award Speech: Building an Entrepreneurial Society in Italy...

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The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Strategy as a New Paradigm for Economic Development: Principles for Cultivating Entrepreneurship

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 in Articles

Daniel Isenberg, Ph.D. Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global Executive Director, the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project December 9-10, 2011   I would like to propose a challenging and, I believe, extremely important thesis, namely, that we know enough about how entrepreneurship develops in the world to deliberately cultivate the conditions so that there will be measurably more of it, and do so in a relatively short period of time, that is, years and not decades. Furthermore, we know enough about how to accomplish this so that entrepreneurship will be relatively self-sustaining, self-generating. Finally, achieving this will generate tremendous amounts of economic and social benefit. To present this thesis I draw on decades of naturally occurring experiments around the world, as well as our own intentional action-research in half a dozen sites around the world. To accomplish this ambitious objective,...

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The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Strategy as a New Paradigm for Economic Policy: Principles for Cultivating Entrepreneurship

Posted on May 11, 2011 in Articles

Daniel Isenberg, Ph.D. Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global Executive Director, the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project May 11, 2011   I would like to propose a challenging and, I believe, extremely important thesis, namely, that we know enough about how entrepreneurship develops in the world to deliberately create the conditions so that there will be measurably more of it, and do so in a relatively short period of time, that is, years and not decades. Furthermore, we know enough about how to accomplish this XPRIZE-like challenge so that entrepreneurship will be relatively self-sustaining, self-generating. Finally, achieving this will generate tremendous amounts of economic and social benefit. To present this thesis I draw on decades of experience around the world, as well as my own as an entrepreneur, academic, venture capitalist, angel investor, government advisor (including playing a small role...

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How to Foment an Entrepreneurial Revolution

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 in Articles

Daniel Isenberg, Ph.D. Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global Executive Director, the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project January 11, 2011   I am particularly pleased to be here since this is my first time more than transiting Bahrain, and my first time as an IEF participant. So I thank Tamkeen and Univesity of Essex for inviting me. I hope you won’t regret it later.   18 months ago we launched a program within Babson Global to address the following situation:   One morning, we, the collective body of the world’s experts on entrepreneurship, get the proverbial knock on the door from a public leader – let’s say, a head of nation, state governor, municipal mayor, or the like—who throws down the following challenge: “Can you create an entrepreneurial revolution in five years in my city or state, so that it...

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Universities as an Engine of the Entrepreneurial Revolution

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 in Articles

Daniel Isenberg, Ph.D. Professor of Management Practice, Babson Global Executive Director, the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project October 21, 2010   I would like to start my presentation to you with several assertions which will frame my comments. As assertions, of course, although there is some evidence for them, they can be challenged, and there should be no better environment for open discussion and debate about ideas than universities, and here we are graced with the presence of representatives of all of the universities of this great and challenged island. Read more Universities as an Engine of the Entrepreneurial Revolution 2 from...

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