The Academy is a week-long entrepreneurship education program consisting of an immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp followed by activities and workshops in conjunction with the ICSB World Conference. With education as one of its four founding pillars, the ICSB designs the Academy such that students interact with young entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world. This year, recognizing the impact ICSB Academy students have on the world and its future, we have made global sustainability the theme of the 2017 Academy, and students will participate in the Humane Entrepreneurship programs and the ratification of the United Nations SME Day at the ICSB World Conference.
The ICSB Academy is growing quickly, and its impact is far-reaching. In Egypt, in conjunction with the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit (EES), ICSB launched its first ICSB Academy –Country Edition. The academy brought 100 students to the conference who, in addition to receiving mentorship from twelve esteemed ICSB global faculty, were awarded thousands of Egyptian pounds in seed money. Motivated by this success, ICSB is working towards the formation of a European Edition of the Academy in collaboration with Finland’s Slush.org, the largest startup event in Europe boasts 15,000 attendees.
The most recent academy in Buenos Aires, Argentina saw a large turnout with over 100 students from all over the world coming together to learn from renowned academics. The students visited incubators and took place in a Slush Competition for a chance to present their business plan at the Slush Conference in Finland.
This year’s academy is expected to turnout record numbers with the growing number of ICSB Academy Faculty and the strong support of our host, ICSB Taiwan.