Tuesday, March 14
14:00 to 14:50
Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 1

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A focus on scale-ups has entered the mainstream of the entrepreneurship dialog. The British scale-up thought leader Sherry Coutu has even challenged nations saying that “competitive advantage goes to the nations that focus on scaling companies”.
This session will feature leaders of the global Scale-Up Movement, including:
  • Dan Isenberg, the architect behind "Scaling Up Manizales" in Colombia, and other subsequent projects which Manizales has helped to inspire, such as Scale Up Milwaukee; Scale Up Rio; Scale Up UK; Scale Up Vaud; and Scale Up Denmark. All of these initiatives consists of four interrelated spheres of activity: demonstrating, communicating, investing in, and sustaining new and more rapid growth.
  • Elsie Kanza focuses on bringing to life digital solutions across Africa. At the helm of the World Economic Forum on Africa, Elsie is tasked with engaging and collaborating with relevant leaders and stakeholders in shaping and catalyzing Africa’s transformation.
  • Eric Hansen of the Russian Center for Entrepreneurship, which launched Scale Up programs in five Russian cities, with three more on the horizon for 2017. 
  • David Weng, an angel investor with a track record of bringing start-up companies to successful IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for the Asia Silicon Valley Development initiative, which aims to make Taiwan a hub for internet-based innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, and is a major component of Taiwan's economic reform agenda.
Join us for a discussion of how Scale-Up is being positioned in the entrepreneurship dialog across the globe.


Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School

United States

Speaker Bios: 
David Weng
Asia Silicon Valley Development Initiative


Elsie Kanza
World Economic Forum


Eric Hansen
Center for Entrepreneurship LLC