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2020 International Council for Small Business World Congress

Paris, France | Summer 2020

“Exposition Universelle” of Entrepreneurship and SME

ABOUT THE CONGRESS

The 65th ICSB World Congress will convene a world-wide gathering of entrepreneurs and thought leaders to host a global forum to discuss the future of entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). 

The world is at a tipping point. The levers and conventional wisdom that undergirded the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Industrial Revolution no longer apply. A paradigm shift is underway and the pace of this shift is causing developed and emerging economies alike to be shaken.

The gap between large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is exceptionally large and growing. SMEs are major contributors to every economy. With more than 70% of the population in many countries employed by SMEs, there is an increasing awareness of the need to foster and support entrepreneurship. The gap between large companies and SMEs is exceptionally large and growing.

ABOUT ICSB2020

In April 1900 Paris hosted the “Exposition Universelle”. Countries from around the world were invited by France to showcase their lifestyles. The Exposition aimed at celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The “Exposition Universelle” of 1900 was a uniting and learning experience.

With the inspiration of the 1900’s “Exposition Universelle” next June 2020, Paris will host the ICSB ‘Exposition Universelle’ of Entrepreneurship. Countries from around the world will be invited by France to showcase their achievements on Entrepreneurship and SME. The ICSB’s 2020 Global Conference in Paris aims at celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate Entrepreneurship and SME development into the next.

One of the principal objectives of the European Commission is to develop entrepreneurship and active entrepreneurial ecosystems. But also “The World Entrepreneurial ecosystem”. And as the New York Times wrote, “France has quickly become one of the most talked-about destinations in Europe for tech companies and start-ups” (May 23th, 2018).

ABOUT ICSB

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business.

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

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