Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Entrepreneurs are ambitious, but they cannot do it without help from their environment. That is why entrepreneurs must know more about where they can find service in their surroundings and have a systematic approach. Local governments and also universities need to create an excellent entrepreneurial climate. This lecture provides a practical insight into how these parties can contribute to strengthening entrepreneurship in their region.
Who will teach you?
Erik Stam
Utrecht University
Prof. dr. Erik Stam is Professor of Strategy, Organisation & Entrepreneurship and Dean of the Utrecht University School of Economics. Next to this, he is Faculty Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, and founding board member of the Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions for Open Societies. He held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany), and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He has been visiting professor or scholar at institutes such as the University of Cambridge, Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), Indiana University at Bloomington, Institute of Industrial Economics Stockholm, Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover, University of Oxford, Tel Aviv University, University of Turku, and Zhejiang University (Hangzhou).

He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. His broader research interests cover the societal and organisational contexts of entrepreneurship and the relation between entrepreneurship and economic development. He has (co-)authored more than a hundred books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of disciplines, including economics, geography, business/management and public administration.

He is an editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Next to his scientific work he often engages with governments, start-ups and corporates on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has served many Ministries in the Netherlands and other countries, the European Commission, the OECD, the G20, and the World Bank. He is on the advisory board of several public and private sector entrepreneurship organisations.
Kavil Ramachandran
Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business
Prof. Ramachandran is the Executive Director of the Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business. He has specialised in entrepreneurship, family business and strategy and has 36 years of combined experience as an academic at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Indian School of Business.

He did his PhD from the Cranfield University (UK) on entrepreneurship in Japan, UK and India and has done research on entrepreneurship, family business, and strategy; has authored/edited seven books and published extensively in reputed Indian and overseas journals.

He has prepared several case studies, interacted with several well-known family business leaders and global experts, and has consulted on entrepreneurial polices and transformation of family business. He is a frequent speaker to communities of family businesses in India and abroad, and writes for popular media regularly. He has conducted training programmes for family businesses on governance, professionalisation, strategic management and entrepreneurship. He has served on various advisory committees of the Government of India, World Bank and Securities and Exchange Board of India on various aspects of entrepreneurship and venture capial.