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Invitation Program – Canada: Mr. Robert Warren, Executive Director, Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Manitoba, – America: Mr. Paul Jerde, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado at Boulder [July 14, 2006]

Invitation Program - Canada: Mr. Robert Warren
Executive Director, Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Manitoba

America: Mr. Paul Jerde
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado at Boulder

Overview


IIST invited Mr. Paul Jerde, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado at Boulder from the U.S. and Mr. Robert Warren, Executive Director, Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Manitoba from Canada to participate in this forum co-hosted with Akita International University (AIU) and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The forum, open to the public, served as an opportunity for entrepreneurs and academics to exchange views on harnessing entrepreneurial habitats for the purpose of revitalizing the regional economies. One day prior to this forum, a workshop was held under the same theme at AIU in Akita.

Date: July 14 (Friday), 2006
Organized by: Akita International University/Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies for Regional Economies (CELS), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and Institute for International Studies & Training (IIST)
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), AKITA Prefecture, Akita City
Sponsored by: Pasona Inc., Tokyo Marine Capital


Invited persons


Canada: Mr. Robert Warren
Executive Director, Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Manitoba

America: Mr. Paul Jerde
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado at Boulder


Overview


The discussions centered around the following:
Panel 1: The perspective of entrepreneurs.
Panel 2: The perspective of venture capitalists.
Panel 3: Nurturing entrepreneurship in the Tohoku region.

Mr. Jerde, Mr. Warren, and other speakers with experience of starting up businesses shared their approaches to developing entrepreneurship both from the educational and the hands-on business’ perspectives. Orientation and thinking patterns required of entrepreneurs across all regions were discussed. An increase in the number of business start-ups is usually observed in metropolitan areas at first, but as the economy recovers, the number of entrepreneurs in regional economies is also expected to grow. Discussion also referred that the roles of universities and other academic institutions will gain even greater importance in the future.

The number of applicants for participation largely exceeded the venue’s capacity, reflecting high public interest in initiatives to develop entrepreneurship for regional economies. Many participants commented that this forum had widened their perspectives for future activities. We hope that this forum contributed in some way to those who are in the position to build an environment or structure for entrepreneurs in regional economies.


PDF (88KB) Program


Mr. Paul Jerde, invited from the US

Mr. Paul Jerde, invited from the US

Mr. Robert Warren, invited from Canada

Mr. Robert Warren, invited from Canada


A discussion in progress (Otemachi)

A discussion in progress (Otemachi)

Symposium Hall (Otemachi)

Symposium Hall (Otemachi)


Symposium Speakers & Panelists

Symposium Speakers & Panelists




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