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The Sweden-U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum

On November 22, ESBRI, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Batten Institute at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication will arrange The Sweden-U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum. You are very welcome to participate in this interesting day. Below you will find a preliminary programme.

The Sweden – U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum brings together entrepreneurs, government officials, capital and academic communities from both countries in order to foster an interchange of ideas regarding entrepreneurial training, capital formation, legal and regulatory infrastructure, and innovation.

The Forum consists of four panels that addresses entrepreneurial training, capital formation (mainly angel and venture capital), legal and regulatory issues and the role of innovation.

Main partners are Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, ITPS (Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies) and Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

Partners are Blackbox, HP and The Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO)

The Sweden - U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum

November 22, 2004

Location: IVA's conference centre, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm

Chair: Magnus Aronsson, Managing director ESBRI
Co-Chair: Elizabeth F. O’Halloran, Director of Intellectual Capital at the Batten Institute, The Darden School, University of Virginia


9.00-9.30 Welcoming Address
U.S. Ambassador Teel Bivins
Representative from the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications

9.30-9.40 Introduction of Program and Participants
Mario Cardullo, Counsellor to the Under Secretary on Entrepreneurism and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

9.40-10.20 Panel I: Entrepreneurial Training
Chair: to be announced
1. Mats Lundqvist, professor Chalmers University of Technology
2. Sankaran Venkataraman, professor Director of Research, Batten Institute
3. Therése Kyller, co-founder, Quedro AB

10.20-10.50 Questions and answers

10.50-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-11.55 Panel II: Role of Innovation/Use of Technology
Chair: Suzanne Håkansson, Director, Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies (ITPS)
1. Dev Ganesan, former President and CEO, TRADOS Inc.
2. Ulla-Britt Fräjdin Hellkvist, Senior Vice President SME and Qualification, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
3. Jan-Åke Gustafsson, professor, Karolinska Institutet

11.55-12.25 Questions and answers

12.25-13.25 Lunch

13.30-13.45 After lunch speaker
Sven-Eric Söder, State Secretary, Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications

13.45-14.25 Panel III: Legal/Regulatory Environment
Chair: John May, Founder and Managing Partner, New Vantage Group
1. Song Pak, Attorney with the Law Firm Piper Rudnick
2. Lennart Palm, president, Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulations
3. Michael Hansen, co-founder Svenska Lantchips AB and president Utah Chips Company

14.25-14.55 Questions and answers

14.55-15.10 Coffee break

15.10-15.50 Panel IV: Capital Formation
Chair: Mario Cardullo
1. Saunders Miller, former Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration responsible for the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC)
2. John May, Founder and Managing Partner, New Vantage Group
3. Katarina G. Bonde, Managing Director Kubi LLC
4. Tom Berggren, Managing Director, Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

15.50-16.20 Questions and answers

16.20-16.30 Closing remarks

16.30-17.30 Reception

For more information, please contact Magnus Aronsson - or 08-458 78 01.

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