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Entrepreneurs without borders

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Introduction to new business development for young people from all over the world

Youth Business Challenge 2017 "Start-ups for Sustainable Development Goals"

This edition of Entrepreneurs without Borders – EWB101 includes the Youth Business Challenge 2017 “Start-ups for Sustainable Development Goals”.

If you are aged between 19 and 34, and have a business idea or a start-up that contributes to achieve at least one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals you will have the opportunity to submit your business idea or start-up, and compete with other young people from all over the world.

A jury of experts will select the 5 Challenge winners, who will have their video pitch published in the next editions of EWB101. Further, 2 Challenge winners who are citizens of a developing or transition economy (see the UNCTAD development status grouping of countries) will be selected to participate in the Youth Entrepreneurship Pitching Event 2017, and awarded by the Associazione Gianluca Spina with a mobility grant that covers travel and accommodation expenses. The Pitching Event will take place in November 2017 in Geneva (Switzerland), during the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Course Description

Have you ever thought of starting your own business? Being a job creator instead of a job seeker? Would you like to gather the right people for improving life in your community? For developing and selling a new product or service?

This course is addressed to people from anywhere in the world, particularly to students and young graduates who want to learn about new business development and to see if this is something for them. We welcome people from “developing countries”, as well as from industrialized economies.

The course is a joint initiative with UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (http://unctad.org/) which has installed entrepreneurship centers, and is delivering Empretec, a behavioral entrepreneurship training programme (http://empretec.unctad.org), in 36 developing countries.

The course gathers 8 leading experts from Polimi and UNCTAD to let the participants:

  • Learn why and how new business enterprises are the motor of innovation and development
  • Understand how to behave as an entrepreneur
  • Understand why and how living in a country with limited resources, or being a young person or a woman is not at odds with new business development
  • Learn how new enterprises can grow by entering international markets and joining global value chains
  • Learn about new business models that deal with emerging societal challenges
  • Understand the way forward, getting acknowledgeable about next steps to make entrepreneurship a profession, including the enrollment in more advanced entrepreneurship and social business curricula (e.g. PoliMi ones) or in business incubators

Each week of this course

  • opens by asking thought provoking questions on entrepreneurship and business development in developing countries
  • addresses the issue offering keywords, plain definitions, a few conceptual arguments supported by figures and graphs, successful examples of entrepreneurial activities in harsh contexts
  • concludes by summarizing main lessons learnt and bridging the student toward quizzes, the discussion forum, and materials and videos that help attendants getting familiar with the building blocks of business development and great entrepreneurial experiences

The course is the main dissemination deliverable of the Polisocial Award project (www.polisocial.polimi.it) “Young and Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Egypt”.

The program hosts short video interviews with testimonies, i.e. young entrepreneurs in developing countries, and the experts of entrepreneurship, social innovation, business growth also in developing countries (Emanuela Colombo, Rector’s Delegate to Cooperation and Development, Politecnico di Milano; Massimo Colombo, Full professor of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial finance, Politecnico di Milano; Ayman Ismail, Assistant professor of Entrepreneurship and Venture Lab Director, American University in Cairo, AUC Venture Lab; Jennifer Klein, Entrepreneurship section, UNCTAD; Tatiana Krylova, Head of the Enterprise Branch, Division on Investments and Enterprise, UNCTAD; Stefano Mizio, Head of Startup Mentoring, PoliHub Startup District & Incubator; Andrea Sianesi - Dean of MIP, Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business).

In collaboration with Associazione Gianluca Spina.

Prerequisites

No formal requirements, but the course is recommended to people enrolled in or recently graduated from higher education programmes. Mathematical formulas or highly abstract arguments are not used.

Course Staff

Mario Calderini

Mario Calderini, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Mario Calderini has graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino and has completed a PhD in Economics at University of Manchester. He is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano - School of Management in the subject Management and Economics. He is deputy director of Alta Scuola Politecnica, and has been Full Professor and Researcher at Politecnico di Torino. He is counselor of the Minister of Education, University and Research. He has been member of G8 Task Force for Social Impact Finance, member of Jury in the European Commission Social Innovation Competition.

Fulvia Farinelli

Fulvia Farinelli, UNCTAD

Fulvia Farinelli works at UNCTAD since 1998. Her academic background focuses on issues related to entrepreneurship and SME development, including innovation, business linkages and global value chains. She holds a PhD on Economic and Policy Studies on Innovation and Technical Change from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Paola Garrone

Paola Garrone, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Paola Garrone is Professor of Business and Industrial Economics at Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests include utilities economics and policy, and technological change in regulated industries. She has coordinated several national and international research contracts and grants in these fields. Recently, she has been working on the issues of surplus food redistribution, water innovation and infrastructure investments in developing countries.

Boris Mrkajic

Boris Mrkajic, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Boris Mrkajic is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. His research interests revolve around applied innovation and entrepreneurship. In particular, Boris studies human capital of new technology-based business ventures, as well as support systems of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem such as Venture Capital and Business Accelerators. He teaches Business and Industrial Economics course at the master’s level (Politecnico di Milano).

Fiorina Mugione

Fiorina Mugione, UNCTAD

Fiorina Mugione is an Economist with more than twenty years’ experience in international organizations, working primarily in the areas of research and analysis in enterprise, investment and development issues at ESCAP, OECD and UNCTAD. She leads the Entrepreneurship Programme at UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise. The programme aims to strengthen the supply capacity of small and medium enterprises through entrepreneurship and business linkages development. She also coordinates the EMPRETEC programme in 37 countries around the world.

Lucia Piscitello

Lucia Piscitello, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management

Lucia Piscitello is Professor of International Business, and Development Economics at Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests cover the economics and management of MNEs, the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation. Her recent studies focus on agglomeration and MNEs’ location strategies, globalization of R&D and technology development in the global network of MNEs, offshoring and global sourcing, MNEs in and from emerging countries. She has published her work in many international journals and books, and she serves on the editorial review boards of several journals.

Alejandro Rubias Hernardez

Alejandro Rubias Hernardez, UNCTAD

Alejandro Rubias-Hernandez is an Economic Affairs officer in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of UNCTAD, where he works to support developing countries and economies in transition in the design of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship. He also provides technical assistance to training centres across the globe that have adopted UNCTAD’s EMPRETEC entrepreneurship program. He is specialized in youth entrepreneurship, and is the project leader for French-speaking countries.

Lorenzo Tosini

Lorenzo Tosini, UNCTAD

Lorenzo Tosini is a Programme Officer in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of UNCTAD, where he works to support developing countries and economies in transition in the implementation of technical assistance projects to promote entrepreneurship and SME development. He is in charge of Empretec and Business Linkages UNCTAD’s technical assistance programmes in Africa and is coordinating the global network of Empretec centres. He is also working on the standardization of training materials.

FAQ

How much does the course cost?

Nothing! You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online 24/7.

Will I receive a Certificate of Accomplishment at the end of the course?

Yes, at the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment to show that you successfully completed the course (by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions).
The Certificate is not valid for university credits, nor it represents a statement to prove the passing of the university admission test at Politecnico di Milano or at any other university.

What should I do in order to receive the Certificate?

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course (by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions). You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.
Pay attention: the certificate will be generated only after the closing of the edition. In order to view and download it you will have to wait a few days after the completion of the course.

I wasn’t able to view all course materials and to complete the quizzes before the end of the edition; what should I do?

The course materials will still be available to all registered users for a long time, even after the closing of the edition. In order to obtain a Certificate of Accomplishment, instead, you will have to register to an active edition of the course and answer correctly to the quizzes.

Are there any specific pre requisites to attend the course?

No, no particular pre requisites are needed.

  1. Course Number

    EWB101
  2. Classes Start

    Mar 27, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Jul 09, 2017
  4. Estimated Effort

    4-5 hours/week
  5. Language

    English
  6. From University to Job
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