ICSB ACADEMY – 2017 COHORT in Buenos Aires, Argentina

ICSB ACADEMY – 2017 COHORT in Buenos Aires, Argentina

We are getting ready to launch the newest edition of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Academy to be held this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  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, the largest startup event in Europe boasts 15,000 attendees.

ICSB Academy 2015

At the 2015 Inaugural ICSB Academy in Dubai, sixty students from nine different countries created six online non-profit business ventures under the mentorship of our global faculty and practitioners.  Students, faculty, and practitioners all benefited from the energy of the Academy’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ICSB Academy 2016

The New York/United Nations 2016 Academy was more than double in size, with 140 students from around the world developing business ventures and pitching their ideas to the World Congress participants.

Join us at the end of June for yet another great ICSB Academy, in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Visit Official Website for more information about the 2017 Cohort of the ICSB Academy
Summary XX Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes Mercosur

Summary XX Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes Mercosur

XX Annual Meeting of Red Pymes Mercosur

On seven, eight and nine of October the twentieth Annual Meeting of the Red Pymes  Mercosur took place under the theme “The challenge of SMEs: innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of sustainable regional development”. This time more than hundred research papers were presented. It was a record with more than 100 people participated in this event.

The twentieth edition was held in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina and the organization was in charge of the Universidad Provincial del Sudoeste (UPSO), the Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur (IIESS-CONICET), the Departamento de Ciencias de la Administración (UNS), the Department of Economics (UNS), the Facultad Regional de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN), and the Centro de Emprendedorismo y Desarrollo Territorial Sostenible (CEDETS).

The opening conference was given by the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Ki-Chan Kim, who spoke on “Humane Entrepreneurship”. Also Geoff Archer, President of the Canadian Council for Small Business, CCSB; was present and developed his workshop on “Lean Proof: An Overview of Five Cutting Edge Concepts Entrepreneurship Research in Support of Lean Startup”.

There were two plenary sessions, the first one was on Wednesday about “SMEs and Regional Development” by Silvia Gorenstein (UNS), Jorge Motta (UNC), Graciela Landriscini (UNCOMA), Leandro Lepratte (UTN, Concepcion del Uruguay) and Daniel Hoyos (UNICEN, Tandil). The second one took place on Thursday on the Teaching of the recent evolution of entrepreneurial development, by Geoff Archer (Victoria University), José Porras (CEDETS – UPSO), Antonio Terceño (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Juan José Giménez Moreno (University Castilla La Mancha).

Then the conference continued with the presentation and discussion about “Analysis and perspectives of regional development programs in Argentina and Brazil” by Marcelo Mattos (UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil), Hernán Braude (Unidad para el Cambio Rural, UCAR, Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca) and Manuel Gonzalo (UNGS / UFRJ- RedeSist, Brazil).

The last part of the event was the closing conference of Martin Abeles, Director of the CEPAL office (Buenos Aires) and then the meeting finished with the awards ceremony.

In this edition, the ICSB prize was given to the best research work, which was shared by “The role of linkages on the development of firms’ capabillity. A social network analysis of Argentine software industry” by Mariano Pereira, Diana Suárez and Florencia Barletta and  “Correlations between characteristics of innovation, proximity and competitive performance footwear companies: Case Jaú” by Boris A. Villamil-Ramírez y Renato García.

Also the CITES award was given to “Research and innovation networks at the pole of the cultural industry and creative arts UNICEN (PICARC)” Constanza Diaz Bilotto and Maria Isabel Camio, as the best entrepreneurial development.

The next Annual Meeting will be held in the city of Tandil, Argentina, organized by Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNICEN), and will be held from 28 to 30 September 2016.

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ICSB Ballot – FY 2015-16 Officers

ICSB Ballot – FY 2015-16 Officers

Greetings from the ICSB Immediate Past President, Dr. Jeffrey R. Alves.

One of my roles as the Immediate Past-President is the chairing of the Nominating Committee for the next slate of officers. We have made the election process as transparent as possible; and it follows Article VII; Sections 4, 5, and 6 of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) By-Laws.

I ask that all ICSB members please take a moment and VOTE for the individuals who will drive the organization to next level in 2015-2016! The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.

The current ICSB Board of Directors are:

  • President – Ruben Ascua (Argentina)
  • President-Elect – Ki-Chan Kim (S.Korea)
  • Immediate Past-President – Jeffrey Alves (USA)
  • Senior Vice-President, Finance & Control – Geralyn Franklin (USA)
  • Senior Vice-President, Development – Luca Iandoli (Europe)
  • Affiliate Representative – Alex DeNoble (USA)
  • Affiliate Representative – Lu Feicheng (China)
  • Affiliate Representative – Sandra Altner (Canada)
  • Affiliate Representative – Helle Neergaard (Europe)
  • Affiliate Representative – Ki-Chan Kim (Korea)
  • Wilford White Fellows and Past-President Representative – G. Dale Meyer (USA)
  • Vice-President, Historian – J. Hanns Pichler (Europe)

This year’s election is the second to occur under the new Board structure and the only position open for this year’s election is President-Elect. The positions of SVP, Finance & Control and SVP, Development carry two (2) year terms and were elected last year.

Members can vote online via this form, by email to, or by fax/mail to the ICSB International Office (IO) at 202-994-4930.

Please note: The deadline to submit a ballot is May 7, 2015.

Click here to cast your vote today!

Incubadora de Negocios BCBA – Invitación al acto del 30.06.14

Incubadora de Negocios BCBA – Invitación al acto del 30.06.14

Estimado Amigos de la Red Pymes,

El Departamento Pymes de la Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires lo invita a compartir la apertura de la convocatoria nacional a la presentacisn de proyectos innovadores de la Incubadora de Negocios de la BCBA. El acto tendra lugar el lunes 30 de junio a las 9,30 horas en el Salsn de Actos de la BCBA, Sarmiento 299, Primer Piso. Estimamos concluir en una hora.

Abrira el acto el Presidente de la BCBA, Adelmo J.J. Gabbi, y luego se escucharan relatos de miembros de la Incubadora de Negocios de la BCBA. Contaremos con la participacisn de Axel Barcels, de Incubar Salud; Darmo Codner, de la Universidad de Quilmes; e Inis Marma Nevarez, en representacisn del Foro de Ciencia y Tecnologma para la Produccisn. El cierre del encuentro estara a cargo de quien suscribe.

Daremos asm el puntapii inicial a la inclusisn en el mercado de capitales del sector emprendedor y pyme con predisposicisn al desarrollo de nuevos negocios con sustento en un mercado existente y planes de negocios acordes.


XIX Reunión Anual Red Pymes Mercosur. Resúmenes hasta el 26 de Mayo

XIX Reunión Anual Red Pymes Mercosur. Resúmenes hasta el 26 de Mayo



Les recordamos que el 26 de mayo de 2014 es la fecha límite para la presentación de resúmenes. Los mismos deben presentarse a través del sitio web de la Red Pymes Mercosur o mediante el siguiente link directo:


Saludos Cordiales


Asociación Civil Red PyMEs Mercosur

Rivadavia 703

Tel: +54 (03492) 502063

Fáx: +54 (03492) 437463

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