Agenda & Speakers
Day One Panel Topics
- Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Objective: Highlight government transparency, accountability, market institutions, and economic freedom needed for a business environment supportive of entrepreneurship.
- Focus on successful entrepreneurs
Objective: Discuss success stories of different types of entrepreneurs in the context of the need for institutional environment and support.
- Developing young leaders through entrepreneurship education
Objective: Discuss effective approaches to spreading the understanding of democratic values of entrepreneurial ways of thinking.
- Policy solutions and advocacy approaches to fostering entrepreneurship
Objective: Explore the types of policies that strengthen entrepreneurship and emphasize how small business participation in policy making through associations can shape entrepreneurial environments.
Day Two Panel Topics
- Building entrepreneurial cities and communities
Objective: Discuss examples of cooperation between the public and private sectors to create local environments supportive of entrepreneurs.
- Financing and investment in entrepreneur initiatives
Objective: Focus on what investors want, what barriers entrepreneurs face, and opportunities and challenges in emerging markets.
- How can donors, corporations, and foundations support entrepreneurship?
Objective: Explore synergies between different approaches, relating back to CIPE's work around the world.
Note that topics and speakers are subject to change.
Keynote Address: Hernando de Soto
World famous democracy advocate Hernando de Soto is the president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru and the author of The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. He has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work on the informal sector, property rights, and legal reform.
Chairman and CEO, Institute for Solidarity in Asia and Institute of Corporate Directors; former Finance Minister, Philippines
CIPE Board Chair; President & CEO, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council; CEO, Women Entrepreneurs Inc., USA
Partner and Global Markets Leader for Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young LLP, USA
Executive Director, Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Peter Flawn Professor of Economics, University of Texas San Antonio, USA
President and CEO, Fairfax Group and co-founder of Transparency International, USA
Managing Director, MVC Capital; Co-Chair, Chicago Entrepreneurial Center, USA
Former President, Center for the Divulgation of Economic Information, Venezuela
Senior Advisor to the President for International and Global Chicago Affairs, DePaul University, USA