The 7th edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum (WEF) 2014 took place in Lyon, France in October, bringing together over 250 leading entrepreneurs in 50 countries to exchange, debate and share best entrepreneurship practices from across the world. The event saw NGOs, investors, politicians, company founders, students, executives, journalists and academics take part in Conferences and Think Tanks around the theme of Entrepreneurship 3.0: Unlimited Opportunities, with topics including cooperative entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid and the entrepreneur’s place in the future. 2014 also saw the first live crowdfunding pitch to investors; the World Entrepreneurship Forum Crowd’s Den, with winners NovaNano receiving funding for their innovative project specializing in nanosatellites.
WATCH: Cohort share their experience at World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014!
Students of the Global Entrepreneurship Program were given the unique privilege of attending the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014. The cohort were set the challenge to talk to as many of the speakers and delegates as they could in order to develop their networking ability, as well as gain valuable insights into the developing sector of social entrepreneurship through the workshops and conferences.
We caught up with Vanessa, Nathan and Clare, three members of the Entrepreneurship Program cohort to hear about their experience of the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014…
World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014: Vanessa’s experience
Current cohort Vanessa Von Frankenberg from Germany talks about how she used the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014 event to find a role model in business. “If you have a role model, it motivates you. You find characteristics you like about him or her and that helps you develop your own skills.“
World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014: Nathan’s experience
Class Representative for the Global Entrepreneurship Program Nathan Murphy from the US talks about the inspiring entrepreneurs that he met at the World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014.
His advice for future students of the entrepreneurship program: “I encourage you to be open, to listen and don’t be afraid of sharing your ideas.”
World Entrepreneurship Forum 2014: Clara’s experience
Clara Baglione, current Global Entrepreneurship Program student from France talks about how meeting with existing entrepreneurs helped her develop her own entrepreneurial project. “I connected with social entrepreneurs and I spoke with them about my project. They gave me some advice and some contacts and I increased my network.”