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Fifth Edition of the "World Entrepreneurship Forum" to be Held in Lyon 24 - 27 October 2012

LYON, France, October 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

At a time of economic crisis all over the world, and when existing models have shown their limitations, entrepreneurship has emerged as a genuine solution to boost recovery. The only international think-tank focused on entrepreneurs will celebrate its fifth event this month in Lyon. The World Entrepreneurship Forum 2012 will gather 122 members from 59 countries.

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Selected for their entrepreneurial achievement and their commitment to society in their country, the members comprise 80% entrepreneurs (business or social entrepreneurs) and 20% policy-makers, experts and academics.

This community of entrepreneurs from five continents is a unique concept and a showcase for entrepreneurial solutions to the great challenges of our times.

During the three-day event, the participants will brainstorm on the theme of "entrepreneurial ecosystems." The questions include: how to cultivate communities to drive wealth and social justice? What are the key success factors? Can an innovative idea that functions in one ecosystem be transplanted to another? How do ecosystems adapt, depending on the abundance or scarcity of resources in their environment?

Two sessions will be open to the public on 25 October:

  • The opening conference at the EMLYON Business School campus : seven internationally-famed speakers (2 North Americans, 1 South American, 1 Chinese, 1 Singaporean, 1 representative of the European Union, 1 Cameroonian) will take the audience on a "World Tour of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems".
  • The awards ceremony of "Entrepreneurs for the World 2012" will recognize five internationally-renowned leaders during a gala evening at the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council headquarters. Registration and complete programme

A White Paper will be published following the Forum to illustrate the best entrepreneurial practices and to make recommendations to help influence the global agenda in favour of entrepreneurship.

The World Entrepreneurship Forum aims to foster a new humanism: the invention of sustainable development which, in a spirit of global citizenship, combines social justice and economic growth.

This dual approach - economic and social - is one of the distinguishing features of the Forum and it serves a single aim shared by all the members: the promotion of entrepreneurship around the world and in every field of life, be it economic, social, cultural or political.

About the World Entrepreneurship Forum

Created by EMLYON Business School(, KPMG France (, the Singapore institutions Action Community for Entrepreneurship ( and Nanyang Technological University(, Greater Lyon (, the LyonChamber of Commerce and Industry ( and Zhejiang University( in China, the World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first worldwide think tank devoted to the entrepreneur, creator of wealth and social justice.

Since 2008, 350 members from 76 countries have come together to find and offer entrepreneurial solutions for the great challenges of our times.

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