WATCH: EMLYON MBA students Gregori, Mariana, Julian & Maryanne interview at World Entrepreneurship Forum
The 7th edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum (WEF) took place in Lyon, France in October 2014, bringing together over 250 leading entrepreneurs in 50 countries to exchange, debate and share entrepreneurship best practice from around the world. The event saw NGOs, investors, politicians, company founders, students, executives, journalists and academics take part in Conferences and Think Tanks around the theme of Entrepreneurship 3.0: Unlimited Opportunities, with topics including cooperative entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid and the entrepreneur’s place in the future. 2014 also saw the first live crowdfunding pitch to investors; the World Entrepreneurship Forum Crowd’s Den, with winners NovaNano receiving funding for their innovative project specialising in nanosatellites.
Students of the EMLYON International MBA degree had the privilege of attending the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014, which took place in Lyon, France. The cohort were given access to all workshops and conferences to get a complete overview of all aspects of entrepreneurship, as well as network with speakers and delegates from all over the world. We caught up with EMLYON MBA program Gregori, Mariana, Julian and Maryanne at the World Entrepreneurship Forum about their experience of the world-leading entrepreneurship event…
International MBA students from EMLYON attend World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014
Gregori’s experience of the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Current cohort Gregori Bassaud, former Army Officer who is seeking a career change through the International MBA degree was inspired by the energy and passion of two particular speakers. Marita Chang, the young Australian entrepreneur 2012 award winner set up Robogals, a non-profit organisation to inspire women to become engineers. Plus, Chief Nyamweya from Kenya talked about how he embedded happiness as one of the core values of his business . Gregori says: ”Happiness is the best incentive you can have. It must be the key word of an entrepreneur.”
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Mariana shares her thoughts on the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Mariana Martinez from Mexico talks about her interest in setting up her own business after completing the International Masters of Business Administration, thanks to the programme’s focus on entrepreneurship. Mariana had the opportunity to meet Spas Balinov, the World Entrepreneurship Forum Crowd’s Den winner from NovaNano and ask his advice on pitching to investors and how he developed his business.
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What Julian took from the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Julian Arias from Costa Rica talks about being inspired by a talk given by Richard Eu, a successful entrepreneur who shared his experience of handling failures in his family business and how he induces values of entrepreneurship among his own employees. Julian advises future International MBA participants to “take advantage of every opportunity you’ve got, make use of your resources, talk to all your professors and attend these valuable events.”
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What Maryanne thought of the World Entrepreneurship Forum
Maryanne Wanjohi from Kenya, current cohort of the International MBA degree says she attended the World Entrepreneurship Forum “to experience what people have been through to become great in society and to meet like minded individuals“. Maryanna received some extremely valuable advice from an attendee at the WEF 2014 regarding her plans to set up her own consultancy company for start-ups in Kenya…
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What is the World Entrepreneurship Forum all about?
The World Entrepreneurship Forum was created in 2008 by EMLYON Business School and its partners KMPG, OnlyLyon, Nanyang Technological University, Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Zhejiang University. Its main belief: With the current main disruptive changes the world is facing, entrepreneurship, creating both wealth and social justice, is key for shaping the world of 2050.
Through recommendations and actions, the Forum aims at creating a strong impact over entrepreneurs and stakeholders to drive the change towards a more entrepreneurial world. Over 1000 entrepreneurs originating from 80 countries have already joined the World Entrepreneurship Forum to rethink, act on and transform their environment together.