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[The Babson Asia Entrepreneurship Forum]
The Babson Asia Entrepreneurship Forum, one of the largest student-run events at Babson, brings in approximately 200~300 attendees, with representation from students and professionals actively interested in entrepreneurship and Asia. This year’s conference theme is Globalizing Entrepreneurship, capitalizing on Babson's educational philosophy of preparing students to use entrepreneurship to make a difference in any context. The Forum will have speakers and panelists from start-ups and large companies to family businesses and non-profits.”
10:00 am -10:15 am - Opening Speech
Speaker/Panelist: Len Schlesinger, President, Babson College NAAMBA Representative
10:15 am -11:00 am - Morning Keynote
Speaker/Panelist: Shuhei Abe, Founder, Sparx Group
11:15 am -12:30 pm - Panel 1-A | Panel 1-B
12:30 pm -2:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm -2:45 pm - Afternoon Keynote
Speaker/Panelist: Michael Jaconi, CEO, FreeCause
3:00 pm -4:15 pm - Panel 2-A | Panel 2-B
4:20 pm -5:30 pm - Closing Speech; Network Event
[Key Note Topics]
Morning Key Note: Shuhei Abe, Founder of Sparx Group
Although being very successful in Nomura Securities International (New York), Shuhei decided to leave the company to form Abe Capital Research Inc. in New York and then eventually to become the founder and CEO of Sparx group, an asset management firm in Japan. He will give us insight on how he has accomplished this and will share what it takes to starting your own enterprise.
Afternoon Key Note: Michael Jaconi, CEO of FreeCause
Michael is the CEO of Free Cause, which was acquired by Japanese e-commerce site Rakuten in 2009. He will discuss on how business has changed by getting acquired by a Japanese giant company and how he helps the company to get global presence.
1-A Starting an Enterprise; What it Takes
Why do people start a company even though they are successful in their current positions? We will have panelists who have started their own enterprise from ground up and will have them talk about the challenges they face. This panel will also allow you to see the Asian society and mindset of being an entrepreneur.
1-B Attracting Global Talent
Of course it takes great strategies to establish successful enterprises. However you also need great talent. This panel gives insights on what kind of talents companies are looking for on a global scale and what they are doing to attract these talents. You will see that “globalized people” are not only people who speak multiple languages.
2-A Building Brand Recognition, Globally
How do you build a well-recognized brand outside of your local country? Where do you even start? In this panel we will invite speakers who have successfully created a global brand and speakers who are actually in the midst of it. You will be able to get insights of their visions and challenges that they face.
2-B Investing in Asia; Is it just a Boom?
“China is slowing down.” “But still it is growing and it’s a good time to invest!!” We see and hear many things in the media today. In this session we will have panelist from the financial world from both Asia and the US to really understand if it is a good time to invest in Asia as a company and or as an individual.
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Babson MBA Candidate | Class of 2013