ICSB Academy Cup

In-Person • Paris, France • July 11-16, 2021

Entrepreneurship 2021

Getting started in a new world

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), IPAG Business School, and ESSCA School of Management are excited to invite you to its 6th annual ICSB Academy in Paris. The successful bootcamp brings students from around the world for an intensive, week-long experience that will challenge, stimulate, and build entrepreneurial skills. Based on the philosophy that organizations, including businesses, exist to meet the needs of our communities and society, the Academy will emphasize the triple bottom line: profit, people, and planet, and it will be grounded on the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals.

Let's invent the future together.

July 11-16, 2021 ~ Paris, France

  • Paris is at the center of a technological and entrepreneurial movement, and France is considered one of the most interesting destinations in Europe for start-ups. This year, the ICSB Academy will allow participants to discover the French entrepreneurial ecosystem including visits to OECD and Station F, the biggest incubator in the world.
  • This July, you will be able to discuss with policy makers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and a leading faculty, to find the answers to the challenges of tomorrow’s society. You will find inspiration at the discussions, as it was at the Belle Epoque, when technological, scientific, and cultural innovations emerged in Paris and the arts flourished.
This year, all teams will be competing for the ICSB Academy Cup.

Academy participants will be forming teams and be assigned a mentor to form a formidable team. The teams will then prepare a business pitch to be judged by an independent judging panel on Friday, July 16th. The winning team will receive a prestigious ICSB Cup and join the ICSB Gala for a celebration.

Throughout the week, teams will be attending workshops, visiting incredible partners, and working exclusively with a team mentor. This is a high-tense Win-All environment and with many fantastic learning moments and creating friendships for a lifetime!

 

Current Teams

*More teams to be announced soon.

Global Dragons

Mentor: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

World Badgers

Mentor: Dr. Winslow Sargeant

Intergalactic Pyramids

Mentor: Mr. Ahmed Osman

Mighty Pirates

Mentor: Dr. Katia Passerini

Academy Objectives

Academy Approach

ICSB Academy Cup 2021 Program

DateDetails
Sunday - July 11, 2021Welcome
Monday - July 12, 2021Start-Up Ideation
Tuesday - July 13, 2021Thinking Business
Wednesday - July 15, 2021Bastille Day
Thursday - July 15, 2021Meeting the Experts
Friday - July 16, 2021Pitching Your Project
Meet your host—IPAG Business School

With its new 5,000 m² campus, the IPAG Business School has just opened its doors in the Beaugrenelle district in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The completion of this project, financed by the school itself, makes it possible to respond to the significant increase in the number of students, training programmes and staff at IPAG in recent years.

By choosing to set up its new campus on the Front de Seine, 5 minutes from the Eiffel Tower, IPAG remains faithful to the course it has set itself by continuing to train students in the heart of the city.

María Fernanda Andrés

Academy Program Director

María Fernanda Andrés is the director of Negocios de ACELERADORA LITORAL. Professor at the National University of the Litoral and National University of Rafaela of Argentina. President of the International Council for Small Business, Argentine subsidiary (2018-2019).

 

Dr. Hartmut-Heinrich Meyer

Academy Program Director

Dr. Hartmut-Heinrich Meyer is a professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at FOM, Germany.

Rita Grant

Academy Program Director

Rita Grant is the Director of the School of Accounting at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her teaching interests include Intermediate Accounting and
International Accounting. Her research interests include harmonization, family business and financial disclosure issues. She is a member of the American Accounting Association and AAA sections APLG,FAR and TLC. She is an executive board member of the International Council for Small Business.

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Adnane Maalaoui

Congress Co-Chair

Bio:

Adnane Maalaoui is Director for Entrepreneurship programs at IPAG Business School. His researches mainly focus on entrepreneurship issues and especially on disadvantaged entrepreneurs (elderly, refugees, disabled entrepreneurs, etc.). He is interested in topics such as: entrepreneurial intention and cognitive approach to entrepreneurship. He mainly applies those questions to cases of diversity and social entrepreneurship. Adnan Maalaoui is the author of 20+ articles published in academic journals. Likewise, he is the author of articles published in professional journals, and in edited books. Adnane is also the author of a series of French speaking MOOCs on entrepreneurship.

Adnane Maalaoui, Congress Co-chair

Hartmut Meyer

Academy Program Director

Bio:

Dr. Hartmut-Heinrich Meyer is a professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at FOM, Germany.

Talia Tomarchio

WE Project Manager

Bio:

Talia Tomarchio is the President and Founder of Steminist Squad. I am a Senior Computer Science major Neuroscience minor at Rowan University. During the pandemic, I felt disconnected and isolated in my studies. Assuming other girls felt the same, I created Steminist Squad! This community aims to give all young women the opportunity to become successful and supported in their STEM journey.

Rita Grant

Academy Co-Chair

Bio:

Rita Grant is the Director of the School of Accounting at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her teaching interests include Intermediate Accounting and International Accounting. Her research interests include harmonization, family business and financial disclosure issues. She is a member of the American Accounting Association and AAA sections APLG,FAR and TLC. She is an executive board member of the International Council for Small Business.

Nouf Al-Neyadi

Director of Marketing

Bio:

Nouf Al-Neyadi is a Special Projects Manager within the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). Nouf holds responsibilities corresponding to journal management for both the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) and the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB). These official publications of ICSB aim to deliver quality research articles within the areas of small business management, entrepreneurship, and micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).


Nouf is also a full-time MBA Candidate at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) focusing on Global Management as well as Marketing and Brand Management. Nouf completed her undergraduate studies from GWSB in Fall 2019 to obtain a BBA, a minor in Communications, and a dual concentration in International Business and Marketing. She holds over 5 years of experience in business management where she gained a passion for work that directly promotes diversity, curiosity, and creativity. She has a growing interest in global management to further improve the domestic and international business culture by utilizing a global mindset.

María Fernanda

Academy Program Director

Bio:

María Fernanda Andrés is the director of Negocios de ACELERADORA LITORAL. Professor at the National University of the Litoral and National University of Rafaela of Argentina. President of the International Council for Small Business, Argentine subsidiary (2018-2019).

Jennifer Kirkland

Director of Sponsorship

Bio:

Jennifer Kirkland is an MBA candidate at George Washington University School of Business. A graduate of Douglass College for Women at Rutgers University, she has a passion for women’s issues and strives to help women be their best. She also has years of experience fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She is the Director of Sponsorship for the ICSB, a wife, a mom, and a curious questioner.

Frederick Crane

Marketplace Chair

Bio:

Executive Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Northeastern University

Dr. Crane is an Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the College of Business at Northeastern University; Former Editor of the Journal of the Academy of Business Education; and co-founder of Ceilidh Insights LLC – an innovation management training, intellectual property consulting and consumer insight company.

At Northeastern, he teaches courses in entrepreneurship and innovation and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club.

Dr. Crane grew up in a family business and also started and operated several of his own businesses, including successful management consulting, innovation/design, and research firms. In addition to founding his own businesses, he has also been an angel investor and has worked as a consultant for angel investors, venture capitalists, and government agencies on venture funding projects.

His academic research activities have resulted in more than 100 publications including more than a dozen books. His current research stream intersects the domains of innovation, entrepreneurship and corporate venturing. Dr. Crane has also received numerous awards for teaching excellence over the past twenty years.

Dr. Crane lives on a farm with his spouse and their beloved horses and dogs. One of his major passions is equine rescue especially the welfare of wild mustangs. Profit from his book sales goes to these causes.

Ruth Dwyer

Womenpreneurs Chair

Bio:

Dr. Ruth Dwyer. MD, serves as the Senior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

 

Pivoting pediatricians interested in social entrepreneurship, small businesses, and the SDGs. Ruth has worked on numerous medical startups. She enjoys painting, playing games, shooting hoops, and time with my family.

Analia Pastran

Analía Pastran

Bio:

Analia Pastran, Founder and Executive Director of Smartly Social Entrepreneurship on the SDGs, New York and Buenos Aires.


Smartly is a social enterprise leading the way in coordinating action to communicate and localize the SDGs within the private and public sectors, in Latin America and beyond. It holds three international awards.


Mentor in the Program, Women in Public Policy of Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University, New York. Analia was awarded with the Entrepreneurial Leadership award by International Council for Small Business (ICSB) in Salerno, Italy. Professor of Transnational Policy, Political Communication and Strategy & Geopolitics in the Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina. International Speaker. She worked also as the Director of Communication of the International Council of Small Businesses (ICSB), was a consultant at CIFAL Global Network, the Network of Training Centers affiliated to UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research).

Analía Pastran

Kyle Lyon

Director of Registration

Bio:

Kyle Lyon is the Junior Project Manager at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and primarily oversees membership, registrations, and financial activities for the ICSB. In addition to his duties, Kyle is a junior currently pursuing a B.A. in Marketing with a minor in communications at the George Washington University School of Business. Before dedicating his work towards the ICSB, Kyle served as a Legislative Intern for the Office of Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Kyle Lyon

Hannah Gilroy

Project Manager

Bio:

Hannah Gilroy is a Project Manager at the International Council for Small Business. She works in collaboration with the rest of the ICSB staff within the realms of Marketing, website design and function, and ICSB’s research journals. Hannah has worked with ICSB since the onset of the 2020 global pandemic.

 

In addition to her work with ICSB, Hannah runs a collaborative writing company, called Writing You, through which her team works with clients on visioning plans using her skills in motivational interviewing, writing, and editing.

Hannah Gilroy

Tammy Nguyen

Event Manager

Bio:

Tammy Nguyen recently graduated from San Diego State University, receiving a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. While attending SDSU, she worked with the Lavin Entrepreneurship center as the event coordinator to plan and run the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference two years in a row. Tammy was also the Program and Mentorship coordinator for the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program that has been geared towards providing students from all over the campus entrepreneurship courses, skills, tools, and a valuable network to help develop future and current entrepreneurs. Outside of school, Tammy is President of Streets of Hope San Diego, a non-profit organization that provides food and resources to the homeless weekly. She also volunteers by running 4-6 business events yearly with Awaken Church’s Pathfinders Team.

Skye Blanks

Project Manager

Bio:

Skye Blanks serves as the Junior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and specifically assists in the Knowledge Hubs (KHubs) project, which are institutions or networks, dedicated to capture, share and exchange development experiences with national and international partners in order to accelerate development for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). He also specializes in the ICSB’s Entrepreneurship certificate programs . In addition to being a project manager, Skye is pursuing a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and he is also pursuing a minor in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the GW School of Business. Before dedicating his work towards the ICSB, Skye worked abroad as a Research and Development Intern for the Barcelona based NGO, Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo.

Skye Blanks

Norris Krueger

Sr. Subject Matter Expert for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems & Learning, OECD/EU

Bio:

Scholar, educator, writer, ecosystem builder, entrepreneur. Consultant to entrepreneurship educators globally, to academics globally, and to world’s best entrepreneurial ecosystem builders, Norris Krueger is proudest of championing entrepreneurs and innovators. How do we grow an expert entrepreneurial mindset? How do we grow a bottom-up entrepreneurial ecosystem? (Both often in the face of entrenched interests.)

 

Dr. Krueger has worked for and been honored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and its landmark ESHIP program, the International Council for Small Business, Academy of Management, OECD, EU, ILO, UN, and for cities, states and countries worldwide. Locally, he proudly champions the Idaho Women’s Business Center, VentureCapital.Org, the Idaho Rural Growth Initiative and more. Learn more at www.norriskrueger.com and on social media @entrep_thinking.

Norris Krueger

Vicki Stylianou

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

Vicki Stylianou is the head of advocacy and policy at Institute of Public Accountants, Australia as well as an ICSB Board member.

Vicki Stylianou

Katia Passerini

Provost and Executive Vice President of Seton Hall University

Bio:

Katia Passerini, Ph.D., a nationally recognized knowledge management scholar with extensive higher education experience, has been appointed Provost and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Seton Hall University. Passerini currently serves as the Lesley H. and William L. Collins Distinguished Chair and Dean of the Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University.

Katia Passerini

Sonia Krimi

French politician of La République en Marche (LREM)

Bio:

French politician of La République en Marche (LREM), serving as a member of the French National Assembly since 2017

Nizar Damane

General Manager at La Posts Services for Equity

Bio:

General Manager at La Posts Services for Equity

Damien Regnard

French Entrepreneur and Politician.

Bio:

French entrepreneur and politician. He is a Senator representing French people living outside France sinceJuly 2018. 

Morad Attik

CEO of Evolukid

Bio:

French Businessmann. He is the CEO of a French StartUp, Evolukid. It offers scientific discovery workshops, initiation to computer programming and robotics for children and adults.

Monica Michel

French politician of La République en Marche, Deputy and Member of French National Assembly

Bio:

Monica Michel (born 16 April 1955) is a French politician of La République En Marche! (LREM). Since 18 June 2017, she has served as the member of the National Assembly for the 16th district of Bouches-du-Rhône.

Laurence Le Ny

VP StartUp at Orange

Bio:

VP Music & Culture at Orange.

 

Based in Paris, in charge of strategy , marketing offers and partnerships for Europe and Middle East & Africa Orange’s affiliates.

 

Member of the French Digital Council (Conseil national du Numérique), Board member of The Orchestre de Paris, Member of the Steering Board CNV (Centre national des Variétés).

 

Previously, she had different positions in the music industry in France as Managing director at Warner Music and Sony’ Epic label. Starting her career in Promotion departments of CBS, Polydor and then at BMG.

Jean-François Copé

Mayor of Meaux

Bio:

Mayor of Meaux, President of CAPM, Former Minster of France, Former Deputy

Jean Charroin

Managing Director of ESSCA Group

Bio:

Jean Charroin is the Managing Director of ESSCA Group.

Guillaume Bigot

Dean of IPAG

Bio:

Guillaume Bigot has been the General Director of Ipag Business School since July 2008. 

Jordyn Murphy

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

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Jordyn Murphy

Ki-Chan Kim

Professor, Chairman at Korea Testing Certification

Bio:

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim is a Professor of Management at the Catholic University of Korea. 

 

Professor Kim envisions a world where SMEs and established companies work in partnership.

Professor Kim teaches various MBA tracks including Humane Entrepreneurship, Platform Strategy, and Korea Management (K-Management). He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University and before that, he served as the Dean of the Business School.

Professor Kim advised numerous startups, SMEs, as well as more established enterprises such as Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motors. He continues to advise these companies – for them to achieve a sustainable business model and eco-system. He believes with the right humane partnership model, the business will attract the most qualified workers, which will bring longevity to the industry.

More recently, Dr. Kim served as the Chairman of the Innovation Economy Division at the National Economic Advisory Council (NERC) for the President of South Korea, as well as the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and much more.

During his presidency at the ICSB, Professor Kim emphasized the happiness of employees in small and medium enterprises. From his extensive research in the automotive production line, he has found an undeniable connection between the worker’s satisfactory level of work and commitment to the product. Hence why Professor Kim estimates Employee’s dedication level as the ultimate asset of the company. With Dr. Kim’s initiatives (along with ICSB colleagues), the United Nations have declared June 27 as the UN MSMEs Day.

Dr. Kim’s most recent publication: “The Joy of Innovation (2019)” has been selected as the National Book Award of South Korea, King Sejong Book Collection 2020. The book highlights how businesses can stay competitive through innovation in a fluctuating market.

Ki-Chan Kim

Fanny Nusbaum

Author, The Secret of Performers

Bio:

Author of The Secret of Performers

Performers are those people who succeed in whatever they do by catching the light and making their mark. They seem to have something bigger thatmakes them exceptional. Something thatputs them powerfully in the service ofaction and life.

Jeff Alves

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

Managing Editor, Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB) and ICSB Board member.

Ricardo Alvarez

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

A seasoned entrepreneur, advertising and marketing professional, Dr. Ricardo Alvarez has more than 35 years of professional experience working in different industries, from advertising agencies to retail marketing to banking and health services. He holds a BS in Advertising and an MBA and DBA from USIU/CETYS University. He is a founding partner of Simó-Bosch Consulting, a business development and strategic services firm. Currently, he is a full-time entrepreneurship professor and researcher at CETYS University Graduate School of Business. Dr. Alvarez has been mentor in several incubators, like MindHub and Endeavor. He is the president of the Mexican chapter of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), where he also serves as a voting board member. His academic research is focused on business innovation, experiential learning, organizational development, change management and entrepreneurship finance.

Amr AbouElazm

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

Mr. Abouelazm is the Chairman of Tamweely Micro Finance company. Board member of ICSB and President of ICSB Egypt.

Previously Mr. Aboelazm was the vice Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Tanmeyah Micro Enterprise Services before he divested his interest as the company was acquired by EFG-Hermes in a historical transaction that witnessed the highest value of a MF company in Egypt.


Mr. Abouelazm has accumulated 25 years of experience in banking, finance, economic development and investment finance. Mr. Abouelazm was earlier the Deputy Director of the German Development Bank (KFW) in Egypt.


Mr. Abouelazm is recognized as one of the main resource executives in Egypt in the field of management of financial service companies, policy structuring, operational management and corporate structuring.

Mr. Abouelazm has participated in the formulation of the National Micro Finance Strategy for Egypt and is a lecturer on Entrepreneurship development, financial services delivery and Management. He is recognized as a reference in the field by various financial institutions and service-providers. He is also an angel investor in a number of start ups and mentor to a number of entrepreneurs and advisor for Fin tech startups.


Mr. Abouelazm received a B.A in Economics from the American University in Cairo in 1993 and an AUC Masters Degree in Development specializing in Commercialization and Development of Micro Enterprises in 2004.

Mr. Abouelazm is a board member of the International council for small business (ICSB) , President of the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE).

He is a Board Member and Member of the restructuring committee, HR and MF committee of Nasser Social Bank. Mr. Abouelazm is also a board member of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA).

Hermawan Kartajaya

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

Hermawan Kartajaya, the President of World Marketing Association, is one of the “50 Gurus Who Have Shaped The Future of Marketing” appointed by The Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom (CIM-UK).

Alex DeNoble

Board Member, ICSB

Bio:

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Alex DeNoble

Ahmed Osman

Board Chair, ICSB

Bio:

Chairman of the Board at International Council for Small Business (ICSB) & CEO CHROME

Winslow Sargeant

Incoming Board Chair, ICSB

Bio:

Winslow Sargeant is the Senior Advisor for Globalization and Head of Capital Markets for Genaesis. In this role, he syndicates opportunities with unaffiliated third-party capital partners – both domestically and internationally – facilitating optimized valuations and deal structures. He is also incoming Chair of the Board with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

 

From 2017-2020, Dr. Sargeant served as the President-Elect and Senior Vice President for Development and ICSB Vice President for Partnerships, respectively. During his tenure, he has work to educate government and non-profit organization leaders on what is required to build sustainable ecosystems for small businesses. With ICSB, he worked with select group to nations for the establishment of the Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized (MSMEs) ratified by the United Nations General Assembly on April 6, 2017. Dr. Sargeant help organized the annual Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) forum at the United Nations, held since 2017. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Chief Counsel for Advocacy with the United States (US) Small Business Administration (SBA)Office of Advocacy. Appointed by the President of the United States (POTUS) and later confirmed by the US Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. From 2006 to 2009, he was the managing director at Venture Investors, LLC (VI), and early stage venture capital firm, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and $200M under management, VI invested in innovative research from leading universities in the upper Midwest. From 2001 to 2005, he was the program manager for the Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) program Electronics topic in Industrial Innovation, a new office in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Engineering Directorate. The SBIR program invests more than $100M per year in seed and early stage technology companies.

Winslow Sargeant