On October 26th and 27th, The George Washington University School of Business will host the 8th Annual GW October Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference. The conference theme will be New Frontiers in Entrepreneurship and the Definition of Work. The conference will bring together practitioners, educators, policymakers and industry CEOs and leaders to explore the concept of the new entrepreneurial frontiers like automation and universal basic income – identifying key stakeholders and how they can collaborate for success. We will discuss specific examples where pioneering growth in these new entrepreneurial frontiers is taking place.
Those who are interested in the conference are more than welcome to reach out to KMI for further information. The registration deadline is due October 9th. Please read below to view the various plenary sessions featured at the conference. The link to the conference program can be found at the bottom of the page.
NEW FRONTIERS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE DEFINITION OF WORK
Industrial automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are bringing rapid changes to the workplace. This is particularly true in fields such as defense, healthcare, education and in the service sector. In 2014, Forrester Research estimated that U.S. business to business (B2B) online sales revenues were $1 trillion. This staggering statistic help illustrate how quickly B2B, or wholesale e-commerce, made inroads in the marketplace. In 2017, the quickening of technology in business interactions has not only increased to all business sectors but is impacting day-to-day transactions globally. Leading academic researchers, development experts, and policymakers from across the globe will share examples of new and innovative SME policy programs dealing with radical and dynamic markets; examine insights from policy design research; discuss the role of high-growth firms; and promote the importance of entrepreneurship as a key driver of innovation and sustainable development.
SME POLICIES, SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
As key drivers of job creation, SMEs play a key role in the economic development strategies of many countries around the world. Many countries are moving forward to implement policies and support programs to foster the growth of MSMEs, youth and women entrepreneurs, and those in the informal economy. This panel will address the trade-offs and benefits of policies intended to improve the entrepreneurial and small business environment.
NEW FRONTIERS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION
New frontiers in entrepreneurship and the definition of work are interlinked with the future of learning. It is obvious that the knowledge and skills necessary for the next generation might be different from those needed today. Higher Education can help bridge the gap between what is needed today versus tomorrow. Yet, universities and educators keep developing the same content packaged in different modes (on-campus, hybrid, and on-campus). This session will discuss what revolution is needed in higher education to prepare these new students to succeed within Industry 4.0.
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT; CREATING THE TIME CAPSULE
600 million jobs will be needed in the next 15 years to just stay current with the current work-force. If we create an Idea Time Capsule to be opened after 15 years, what trends, challenges, opportunities will evolve in the next 15 years. This innovative collaborative conference-wide discussion will occur as the last session of the day.