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Today on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal we are excited to introduce another speaker for the SME Assembly 2019, Alberto Onetti! Alberto is the chairman of the Mind The Bridge foundation which works to bring startups and corporates together to enhance growth and foster innovation. He is also the co-founder of Funambol, a white-label cloud solution provider, as well as a professor who specialises in research in entrepreneurship and corporate strategy.
Here on the News Portal we asked about his inspirations, what he is looking forward to at the upcoming SME Assembly 2019 and his advice for future founders.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by doing things that have an impact. Simply continuing to do things that I know I am quite good at, staying in my comfort zone, is no longer that exciting. If you look at the evolution of Mind the Bridge over the last ten years, you can probably see a similar pattern.
We started as a bridge between Silicon Valley and Europe. While we were supporting hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs to improve their vision and plans, we noticed that there was another gap to be “bridged”: connecting startups to established corporations. As a result, we decided to turn Mind the Bridge into an organisation that helps companies shape and execute their open innovation strategies.
This is quite an interesting and complicated challenge, but it is definitely an opportunity for us to make and have an impact, and that is what I care about and what is most important to me in the end.
What are you looking forward to at the SME Assembly 2019?
I am looking forward to sharing insights on how we can help SMEs go beyond incremental innovation and capture the opportunities enabled by open innovation and startup-corporate collaboration.
Startups and scaleups can provide mid-size companies with radical and disruptive innovation, while established companies can help startups and scaleups to grow. It is a win-win opportunity. However, based on our experience in the field, SMEs are – most of the time – not aware of such possibilities and opportunities. As such, we need to collectively find a way to fully involve SMEs in open innovation which is currently limited to large corporates.
I hope to come back from the SME Assembly 2019 with some concrete plans on how to make this happen, and add to the ideas I already have.
If you could give a founder a single piece of advice, what would it be?
To be ambitious and dare to be unconventional. It is hard to get something new if you follow other people’s paths.
Interested in what Alberto will say at the SME Assembly 2019? Make sure you are following @EEPA_EU on Twitter and #SMEAssembly2019 for live coverage from Helsinki! You can also follow Alberto (@aonetti) and Mind The Bridge (@MindTheBridge) on Twitter.
The SME Assembly 2019 is getting closer and it is time to meet this year’s Schumpeter Lecturer, Mariana Mazzucato! Read on to find out who she is and about her extensive work around entrepreneurship.
Who is Mariana Mazzucato?
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). IIPP is dedicated to rethinking the role of public policy in shaping both the rate of economic growth and its direction—and training the next generation of global leaders to build partnerships that can address mission-oriented societal goals.
She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ by the New Republic, and is on The Bloomberg 50 list of ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019. As part of her work, she advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth including in her role as Special Advisor for Carlos Moedas, the current Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Mariana Mazzucato – The author
In addition to a prize-winning thinker on innovation, Mariana is also the author of two acclaimed books:
- The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013)
- The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018)
Her second book from 2018, which brings value theory back to the center of economics in order to reward value creation over value extraction was a 2018 Strategy & Business Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.
This year’s Schumpeter lecturer is not only inspiring but very accomplished, which made us wonder, where does she draw inspiration from? What influences Mariana Mazzucato’s thinking? We asked her what her favourite book was and why to which she answered:
“My favourite book is ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I love this quote in the book: ‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea,’ because it perfectly sums up how I feel about missions (where multiple state and private sector actors collaborate to achieve a shared mission) and the importance of mission-oriented innovation policy as the means to tackle societal challenges, which is the focus of my work at the Institute that I founded at UCL.”
To follow her Schumpeter Lecture on Day 1 of the SME Assembly 2019 on 25 November, make sure you are following @EEPA_EU & #SMEAssembly2019 on Twitter for live coverage and that you have subscribed to @PromotingEnterprise on YouTube to be notified when her lecture is available online.
The SME Assembly 2019 will be taking place from 25-27 November in Helsinki, Finland. Hosted by the Finnish presidency, this year’s Assembly will gather participants from across the globe to discuss and innovate within the entrepreneurial and policy spheres.
Key speakers include: Mariana Mazzucato, Daniel Isenberg, Alberto Onetti, Jyrki Katainen and Kristin Schriber, along with many other experts.
But what exactly will be happening at this year’s Assembly? Check out the programme below!
Please note that this programme is still subject to change.
Today on the Promoting Enterprise News Portal we have an exciting guest! Daniel Isenberg is the founder of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, and former professor at the Harvard Business School. He wrote “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value“, which discusses the valuable lessons that Dan has collected from entrepreneurs across the globe. Dan has also been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel and since 2009 has made personal investments in over two dozen technology startups in Europe, Israel and the US.
Let’s meet Daniel Isenberg!
What is your favourite book and why?
To be honest, I learn more about entrepreneurship from history than from books about entrepreneurship, which are often filtered through rose-coloured glasses. But my one of my favourite books about entrepreneurship is a lesser-known, candid and insightful memoir by the pioneer of private equity in Europe, Sir Ronald Cohen, called “Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity.”
What are you looking forward to at the SME Assembly 2019?
I am very interested in dialogue with local leaders about how to increase the culture and practice of growth entrepreneurship (which we call “scale up”) in their communities or regions. Many of them are hearing nice stories about Silicon Valley from our profession, but I think they are hungry for practical ideas that will work anywhere, and have a short time to initial impact.
Entrepreneurship is seen as very hands on and learning from experience. Yet as a professor of entrepreneurship practice, in your opinion, how teachable is entrepreneurship and its accompanying skills?
There is a crucial difference between entrepreneurship being teachable and entrepreneurship being learnable. Entrepreneurship is definitely the latter. I have many dozens, maybe hundreds, of experiences with my students at Harvard, Columbia and the Technion who were committed to learning how to be entrepreneurs and went on to grow successful companies. That does not mean they learned the most from entrepreneurship classes – I believe they learned from a variety of experiences, including formal and informal education, mentors, life experience, positive and negative examples, role models, their own personal networks, and so on. The classes may have helped, but I doubt that they were as definitive as many of we professors would like to believe.
If you could give an entrepreneur a single piece of advice, what would it be?
Listen openly to as much advice as possible, but then evaluate it critically, but then learn mostly from practice and real life, honest examples. In order to learn from practice, you need to be what Noubar Afeyan calls a “paranoid optimist.” You need to continually shake up the “oil” of optimism and even passion, with the “water” of cool-headed realism and even self-doubt. Passion by itself is greatly over-rated, and can get you into trouble unless it is accompanied by often painful objectivity. I wrote about this in the Danger of Entrepreneurial Passion (HBR).
BRUSSELS – 6 November 2019 – The SME Assembly 2019, the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe, is just around the corner and will be hosted by the Finnish Presidency of the European Commission in Helsinki on 25–27 November 2019. Delegates from across the world will come together to hack policy, discuss enterprise and create the governance structure of the Small Business Act.
This year’s Assembly will feature renowned economist Mariana Mazzucato as this year’s Schumpeter Lecturer as well as a host of sessions on the most cutting edge topics for SMEs and the European enterprise ecosystem, on topics such as Sustainable Finance, the Future of jobs, Women in Finance, the Single Market and more.
“This year’s SME Assembly will be a chance to meet innovation-driven SMEs who look for sustainable ways to grow. Together with them we will work on the future European SME Strategy,” said Kristin Schreiber, Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission.
One of the highlights of the Assembly will be the European finals for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards. 18 shortlisted projects will be competing for the six category prizes and the overall Grand Jury Prize, awarded to the project the jury feels has excelled in their contributions to the European enterprise ecosystem.
The 2019 European shortlist is available here.
The EEPA 2019 edition received 51 entries for the European competition, which were evaluated by a Jury comprising Prof. Thomas M. Cooney (Professor in Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology), Thomas Wobben (Committee of the Regions), Darius Vodă (Romanian SME Envoy), Petri Peltonen (Finnish SME Envoy), Agnes Mathis (Director of Co-operatives Europe), Anke Wiegand (Head of Unit Innovation Funding Financing at the Enterprise Europe Network Berlin Partner for Business and Technology) and Mads Váczy Kragh (CEO of Erhvervshus Sjælland, ‘Lean Landing’ Grand Jury Prize Winner 2018). The jury was chaired by Kristin Schreiber (DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission).
About the European Enterprise Promotion Awards
Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. Over 4000 projects have entered since the awards were launched and in total they have supported the creation of thousands of new companies. The objectives are to identify and recognise successful activities and initiatives to promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship, showcasing and sharing examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices, creating a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs.
A digital magazine of the SME Assembly 2018 in Graz, Austria. Generating 4,16 trillion EUR of value added and employing 94,8 million people in the non-financial business economy in 2017, SMEs continue to be the most important element of the EU economy. This growth is expected to continue with figures for SMEs in the EU-28 indicating that SMEs will create around 2,7 million new jobs in 2018 – 2019.
The 2018 SME Assembly brought together 600 entrepreneurs, investors, policy-makers, researcher and media, to ‘Connect. Share. Innovate.’ The focus was on the continuous search for methods on how to make SME policy work for those concerned, i.e. for our entrepreneurs and their employees.
Bringing together the learning and experience of participants and speakers throughout the two days, the Assembly culminated in the creation of ‘A Manifesto for an Innovative Europe’. Put together with the help of those who matter in European SME policy, the Manifesto is intended as a contribution to reflect on and practice helping companies to bring about everyday innovation for everyday companies.
The third and final day of the SME Assembly 2018 took place on Wednesday 22 November 2018, and featured numerous policy sessions, masterclasses, the youth essay competition final and the handover to the next EU Presidency.
Day 3 started out with the Youth Essay Competition final, during which the three finalists, Ngaio Olsen-Stahl, Marija Elena Borg and Joakim Davidsson, took to the stage to present their essays and answers to: “What steps should entrepreneurs and government take to become more innovative?” Each finalist was also quizzed live on stage about their essay during which the audience participated in a live vote to select the winner. Congratulations to our SME Week Youth Essay competition winner Marija Elena Borg from Malta! Have a look at Marija’s, Ngaio’s and Joakim’s presentations and don’t forget to read their essays linked above.
Wednesday featured 10 different sessions, including a variety of policy sessions, unique masterclasses and a Scale up Lab. Once delegates had connected, shared and exchanged best practices it was time to bring the SME Assembly 2018 to a close. During the conclusions session, hosted by André Meyer from DG Growth, delegates witnessed the unveiling of the tailor-made innovation manifesto, created by SMEs and for SMEs, under which European innovation can grow and thrive. It was also the time to hand over the preparation of the next SME Assembly, which will take us to Helsinki in Finland in November 2019.
That’s a wrap for the SME Assembly 2018! Thank you all for following us both here on the News Portal and across our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr). Keep following us for more exclusive content for the SME Assembly 2018 coming very soon and don’t forget to go and have a look at the videos from the event.
Day 1 was great, but that was just the beginning of the Assembly. Day 2 of the SME Assembly 2018 certainly had just as much to offer and took place in this year’s venue the Helmut List Halle in Graz.
This first full day of sessions, workshops and masterclasses opened with keynote speeches from Günther H. Oettinger, Member of the European Commission for Budget and Human Resources, Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs and Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Steiermark Regional Minister of Economy. The speakers covered the importance of supporting SMEs, building their digital capacities and the need for larger corporations and SMEs to cooperate rather than compete for the benefit of the economy.
The speeches were then followed by ‘The Big Debate’ and a mentoring workshop to encourage start-up mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs. The Big Debate saw two expert teams discuss the role of innovation in tomorrow’s sustainable business models. The experts expressed their views on needed changes to advance, including the need for an overhaul of our culture and competences, and encouraged SMEs to be bold and focus on the positives of change. The Mentoring Workshop followed previously mentored entrepreneurs, who encouraged the audience to invest in the mentoring process in order to become stronger and better entrepreneurs.
The morning continued with, ‘Building our Land of Enterprise’ and an Invest EU policy session. Building our Land of Enterprise took on the global perspective of what it means to be an entrepreneur and featured entrepreneurs from around the globe who shared their experiences of building companies within different enterprise ecosystems. The policy session explored the Invest EU initiative and featured expert speakers who encouraged Europe and its talent to not shy away from outside investment and attention. In order for European companies to thrive they need to be noticed, and not hindered by barriers.
The afternoon hosted two sessions, Innovative Europe and a matchmaking session within the Invest EU framework. Innovative Europe gave delegates a change to interact with expert speakers and each other in order to build innovative solutions to encourage SMEs to flourish. Over in the matchmaking session a select group of entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to meet with experienced investors and form long lasting connections and matches for the future of their businesses.
Day 2 closed with one of the most exciting events, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA)! The EEPA 2018 recognised six different category winners, a grand jury prize winner and four special mentions. Hosted by Ina Sabitzer, the ceremony was full of excitement, emotional speeches and of course an appreciation for the hard work of all of the recognised European projects. Be sure to have a look through the EEPA 2018 photo album to experience both the ceremony and the after party, and watch the winning moments here.
Don’t forget to come back to see what happened on Day 3, and keep following us on Twitter @EEPA_EU for all the live coverage of the SME Assembly.
The SME Assembly 2018 is officially open! Yesterday on 19 November 2018, this year’s Assembly, taking place in Graz, Austria got started with the highly anticipated business tours and the Mind the Bridge SME Matchmaking session.
Several Austrian enterprises opened their doors to the SME Assembly 2018 delegates, and welcomed them to learn about their processes, manufacturing, research, history and the products that they create. We would like to thank A&R Carton, Sappi, UP TO ELEVEN, XAL, Brauunion, Spitzer Dach, SUNNYBAG GmbH and the WKO Steiermark Talentcenter for participating in the tours and for letting the delegates experience their business environments.
During the business tours, some specially invited SMEs were given the chance to attend an exclusive matchmaking session run by Mind the Bridge. Chairman of Mind the Bridge, Alberto Onetti presented their work and the importance of creating links between SMEs, start-ups, scale-ups and existing corporations. Through these bridges, SMEs are able to progress faster and corporates can benefit from fresh ideas and impart their experience on new market entrants.
Day 1 continued into the evening with two spectacular events, the European SME Week Reception and the Schumpeter Lecture. The evening kicked off with the European SME Week Reception, which took place at the Old University of Graz. The Reception opened with speeches from Austrian dignitaries and was followed by traditional accordion music.
Later on in the evening the Schumpeter Lecture, the VIP event of the SME Assembly, took place at the Kunsthaus. The evening began with opening remarks from André Meyer from DG GROWTH, Deputy Director General for DG GROWTH Irmfried Schwimann and Dr. Margarete Schramböck, who spoke of the unique strength of Austria with its SME dominant culture, and the ever growing presence of and continued need for female entrepreneurs. After these remarks, this year’s lecturer Professor Bronwyn H. Hall opened the third Schumpter Innovation in Enterprise lecture, which centred on tax policy for innovation, including considerations for policy makers and SME actors.
Watch the Schumpeter Innovation in Enterprise Lecture:
What a great start to the SME Assembly 2018, but that was just the beginning! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @EEPA_EU for all the live coverage of the SME Assembly and we look forward to bringing you all the latest from the Helmut List Halle, this year’s venue here in Graz.
Don’t forget to have a look at all of the photos from the SME Assembly 2018 here on Flickr.
The SME Assembly 2018 is just around the corner! Next week we will all be in Graz, Austria for the next edition of the flagship conference of the European SME Week. Today we have some exciting news to share…the final version of the SME Assembly 2018 programme.
Have a look at the latest version for the programme here and find out about the policy sessions, masterclasses, presentations and other exciting sessions on offer.
As usual the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) will be a key part of the SME Assembly, and we are looking forward to finding out who the six category winners and the Grand Jury Prize winner are for 2018. All of the national winners will be present at the Assembly as well as the shortlisted projects who will be competing for the European prizes during the final ceremony. Just as important as the projects is the highly qualified jury that selected them, don’t forget to go through all of the EEPA 2018 Jury introductions right here on the Portal and look out for them during the SME Assembly.
There are many things to look forward to at the SME Assembly 2018 and one of them is the third edition of the Youth Essay Competition. The top three entrants, Ngaio Olsen-Stahl, Marija Elena Borg and Joakim Davidsson will be competing in a live final to convince the Assembly audience of their ideas and why they should be chosen as the 2018 winner. Best of luck to our top three before the Assembly and let’s see which of these outstanding candidates is named our next winner!
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