GEW energizes not only the Swedish capital but the country
Mark Marich (GEW global)
Nov 17, 2012
Swedish GEW brought a number of high-profile events to the vibrant city of Stockholm, such as the I2P to the Royal Institute of Technology. Idea to Product® Global is an early-stage technology commercialization plan competition for unique product ideas with clear market demand that use innovative technologies. The goal of the competition was to educate and develop the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
On Thursday, November 15, Idéjakten 2012, a business idea competition was organized by HjärnaHjärtaCash and the next day kicked off with Good Morning 2012, which served as the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship's annual international event on future trends in entrepreneurship and innovation. The organizers acknowledged that inspiration sometimes comes from unlikely sources, like first-hand industry insights or from the interdisciplinary crowd of 600+ entrepreneurs, leaders, digital pioneers and top notch students.
On the academic side, Professor Sverker Sörlin (Royal Institute of Technology) gave a lecture on how to create new roles for knowledge in the humanities and social science fields to meet global challenges and contribute to societal development.
The Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (SEF) featured Professor Martin Andersson, (Lund University), Pontus Braunerhjelm (CEO SEF), Jennie Nilsson (Member of Parliament); Åke Svensson (CEO Teknikföretagen) launching a report on the country being transformed to a knowledge nation; with special focus on the private sector, acknowledging the fact that SMEs are irreversibly interlinked with large corporations.
Those of you who missed out on the core programs of GEW, November 19 might provide a chance to get involved - the SEF releases another report that focuses on Entrepreneurship, norms and the business cycle.
The uniqueness of GEW Sweden is that its reach did not halt at the borders of Stockholm, but energizes several regions:
Örebro Region hosted three days of seminars on this week with several workshops and meetings on the topics growth, driving forces, competencies and women entrepreneurship. Renata Chlumska, adventurer; Sasja Beslik CEO Nordea Fonder, and Kaj Mickos, Professor Emeritus Innovation Technology Mälardalens Högskola were all amongst the invited speakers.
The Österåker municipality featured Catharina Elmsäter Svärd, Minister of Infrastructure; Stefan Fölster Chief Economist, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise on a day of seminars about economic growth.
This post is a guest contribution from Daniel Szabo, a young Hungarian entrepreneur working out of the GEW Global offices in Washington, DC.
Daniel is a graduate student of the Corvinus University of Budapest. He works with future startup generations in Hungary through the Kairos Society and the Young Entrepreneurs Association (FIVOSZ), globally through the One Young World network.