ESBRI - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute - is an independent research institute located in Stockholm, Sweden. ESBRI was founded in the fall of 1996 through an endowment from Mr. Leif Lundblad, a successful Swedish inventor and entrepreneur.
At the same time, a professorship in entrepreneurship and small business was created at the School of Business, Stockholm University. This is the first Swedish chair in entrepreneurship created through an endowment from an entrepreneur. Björn Bjerke was "Leif Lundblad Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies" 1999-2002.
ESBRI was formally inaugurated by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf in June 1997. In conjunction with the inauguration, a symposium was held. The theme was "The Creation of Growth and the Creation of New Jobs".
On May 30th 2002, ESBRI celebrated its first five years by inviting guests to an interesting afternoon with Swedish and foreign speakers. The theme was ”Entrepeneurship in the future”. On September 17th 2007, ESBRI celebrated 10 years with a festive afternoon at Södra Teatern. Our 15-year anniversary is coming up, and this will be celebrated by a range of activities in 2012.
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