The World Founder Forum is an international event bringing together the brightest student founders from leading research institutes and universities around the world. This year we have teams from 24 schools in seven countries meeting up in the City of Light – Paris, France June 18th.

“The 8 Dimensions of Company Building,” is our thematic focus. Over five days we will dive deep and wide into the essence of building a company faster and taking it further to have a high impact on innovation and job creation.

Invited Attendees

The World Founder Forum is by invitation only. The event is free of charge. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. This year’s attendees include

  • Class of 2014 companies,
  • Class of 2015 companies,
  • VIPs from our partner schools,
  • Investors and
  • Press and media interested in this important global topic.

Our Venue – ESCP Europe

The World Founder Forum will be hosted at our partner school ESCP Europe located at 79 Avenue de la République, 75011 Paris, France. Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world, founded by a group of economic scholars and businessmen including the economist Jean-Baptiste Say who is widely credited with coining the word “entrepreneur.” Say pointed out in his own writings that it was entrepreneurs who sought out inefficient uses of resources and capital and moved them into more productive, higher yield areas.

Say put the focus on entrepreneurs because he was one. As a cotton manufacturer, he saw how an entrepreneur must be able to recognize opportunities and manage them effectively. Say’s A Treatise on Political Economy, or the Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Wealth and his entrepreneur as an agent of change captured the imagination of many people. Thomas Jefferson read the English translation and tried to convince Say to teach in his new nation. Although Say never stepped foot on U.S. soil, his entrepreneurial outlook found a home in America, anyway.

ESCP Europe has several campuses. Students have the opportunity to study in different campuses located in France (Paris), in the UK (London), Spain (Madrid), Germany (Berlin), Italy (Turin). ESCP Europe’s network of around 100 partner universities worldwide extends the School’s reach from Europe to the entire world.

Program – Wednesday June 18, 2014

Welcome and Introduction – 09:00 – 09:30

8D Company Building Forums – 09:30 – 12:00

Interactive forums led by the Class of 2014 CEOs and an interesting guest on each of the 8 dimensions. 35 minute forums in separate rooms with two simultaneously running.

  • Idea – Vik Thairani CEO of Pristine with Jeff Burton Director of SkyDeck | UC Berkeley
  • Team – Kim Gordon CEO of Depict
  • Product – Connor Landgraf CEO of Eko Devices
  • Business Models, Pascal Leonard and Elias Atahi co CEOs of Unu with Claudius Jablonka Member of the management team of CDTM
  • Market Development – Marc Albanese CEO of Smart Vision Labs
  • Customer Development – Vinay Mahadik CEO of Securly
  • Operations – Jenny Broutin CEO of SproutsIO
  • Fund Raising – Mark Chung CEO of Verdigris

The CEOs will share their experience during their first year building their companies including:

  • How has your company evolved along the dimension?
  • What were your biggest challenges?
  • How did you solve these challenges?
  • Where did you find new opportunities?
  • What do you know now that you wished you knew 12 months ago?

The thought leader will provide a brief overview including a view of the macro environment, global trends and personal stories on the dimension. Then it’s time for the general discussion.

Lunch – 12:00 – 13:00

  • User Generated Forums
  • Associate Forum

Class of 2014 Graduation Presentations – 13:00 – 14:30

Forum with the Class of 2014 – 14:30 – 15:30

Class of 2015 Top Ten $100K Winners – 15:30 – 17::00

  • The selection process
  • Announcement and awards of $100K
  • Each team pitches for five minutes

Wrap Up and Toasts – 17:00 – 17:30

  • Class of 2014 Graduates
  • Class of 2015 Members

Wine and Cheese Networking – 17:30 – 19:00

Evening – World Founder Forum 2014 Party