Entrepreneurship in a Global Knowledge Economy

Venue: The Swedish Exhibition & Congress centre
Monday May 30 at 13:30-17:00

Tuesday May 31 at 13:30-17:00

Entrepreneurship in the knowledge economy includes much more than starting high-tech ventures. Entrepreneurship will also be social, academic, corporate as well as institutional. Although entrepreneurship increasingly is seen as a collective rather than an individual phenomenon, the importance of individuals, their networks and  their “outside the box” behavior needs to be appreciated.

This theme deals with entrepreneurship that helps build new infrastructure as well as infrastructure that help build entrepreneurship. Many global challenges  such as basic need for drinking-water and access to information, require social entrepreneurship initiatives to be carried out in NGOs, private ventures or through other potential means that are yet to be explored. Social entrepreneurship, often engaging prominent persons, thus help shape infrastructure often taken for granted in the developed world.

The university holds many promises in being a key infrastructure for developing entrepreneurship. It resides academic entrepreneurs who champion new solutions and it can offer entrepreneurial training while  partaking  in the realization of new ideas. In its role of nurturing both established and emerging business, the university also can become a key actor in promoting more sustainable technologies and thus help industry break with less sustainable path dependencies. Nascent entrepreneurs as well as sustainable technologies can thus gain their momentum through the support of universities and other infrastructures.

Session 1
The Role of the Knowledge Worker/the next generation leadership.
Monday, May 30th, 13.30-15.00

Moderator: Boo Edgar, Associate Professor, Gothenburg University and Director Gothenburg International Bioscience Business School

  • Gideon Kunda, Associate Professor, University of Tel Aviv
  • Ronald D. McNeil, Ph.D. Dean and Professor of Management. University of Ilionois Springfield
  • Jostein Dalland, CEO / Adm.direktør, Inven2 & Oslo Tech Transfer
  • Henry Etzkowitz, Senior Research Fellow, Stanford University & President, Triple Helix Association

Session 2
Entrepreneurship in science: Intellectual Asset Approach.
Monday, May 30th, 15.30-17.00

Moderator: Maria Anvret, Senior Advisor, Sahlgrenska Academy

  • Andrew Telles, Senior consultant, CIP Professional Services AB & Project Leader, KMP Project at University of Gothenburg
  • Gregory Graff, CIP Associate & Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University
  • Mary Mathew, Associate Professor at the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • Agneta Marell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for External Relations and Innovation, Umeå University
  • Jesper Dahlberg, Portfolio Manager, GU Holding

Session 3
Knowledge based entrepreneurship to solve  global problems – focus on water.
Tuesday, May 31, 13.30-15.00

Moderator: Margareta Wallin Peterson, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Gothenburg

  • Anrold van Zyl, Vice-Rector, Research of Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Prof. Luke Mumba, Coordinator, NEPAD Planning & Coordinating Agency Regional Centres & Initiatives & Director, Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio)
  • Eugene Cloete, Prof and Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • Prof Johannes Hattingh, Head of Unit for Environmental Ethics, University of Stellenbosch

Session 4
Educating Entrepreneurs for a Knowledge Economy.
Tuesday, May 31, 15.30-17.00

Moderator: Mats Lundquist, Director of Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship & Deputy Director of CIP

  • Haya Al-Ghanim, Manager of Entrepreneurship, Qatar Science & Technology Park
  • Jon Fjeld, Professor of the Practice of Strategy & Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Duke University
  • Martin Lackéus, Project Manager Gothenburg Schools of Entrepreneurship, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg
  • Paula Kyrö, Professor of Entrepreneurship Education