With the aim of fostering a global community of practice, the conference facilitated exchange and peer learning on key entrepreneurship and MSME topics:
On the first day of the event, several keynote speakers engaged in a critical discussion around the unknown of entrepreneurship promotion:
Topics covered included:
They shared their insights about the importance of peer learning and networks, the role of the government in ecosystem building, the imperative for dynamic and flexible support services as well as the fact that economic independence of local actors is key.
Five sessions were dealing with the topic of Achieving Dynamic and Resilient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which was co-led by Argidius Foundation and Swisscontact. Three of those sessions moderated by ecosystem building practitioners are briefly outlined below.
Collaboration and partnerships are a crucial component to ecosystem development and networks are key to spark connections. Hence, we asked our panelist to share with us their learnings as well as the challenges they see related to network approaches.
When we think of entrepreneurial ecosystems, we think of what enables or inhibits entrepreneurs from growing ventures. And we often focus more on particular conditions, such as the availability of capital or existing policies and less on the fact that ecosystems are basically a collection of actors within changing conditions. If we think of ecosystems being dynamic, constantly evolving and defined by interdependencies between actors and conditions – what does that mean for those trying to stimulate, accelerate and strengthen these systems?
While we all aim to strengthen local ecosystems at the same time, we see locally led Ecosystem Support Organisations (ESOs) face a disproportionally bigger challenge than their international peers to raise the funding they need to build their business and operational capacity. A panel of two locally led ESOs, two actors that are involved in capacity building of ESOs, ecosystem capacity builders and funders discuss this challenge and potential solutions.