PRLog - Oct. 30, 2012 - NEW YORK -- October 29, 2012 - An inspirational fifth edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum held in Lyon, France between October 24 and 26 brought together 200 entrepreneurs from 60 countries.
WEF 2012_David Drake and Tony Meloto
"The impact of the World Entrepreneurship Forum must be multiplied by 5 or 10 during the next 5 years," maintains Professor Tugrul Atamer, Co-President of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and Vice President of EMLYON Business School.
The Soho Loft founder and Chairman David Drake presented to forum participants on crowdfunding during a session on key learnings in entrepreneurship around the world. His presentation stressed the growing relevance of crowd funding platforms - noting “crowdfunding is making some Venture Capitalists nervous (http://www.world-
During the event, the 2012 “Entrepreneurs for the World 2012” Awardees were announced. The five winners (listed after their winning categories) were -
Entrepreneur – Mo Ibrahim (Anglo-Sudanese)
Social Entrepreneur – Tony Meloto (Filipino) The founder of Gawad Kalinga, a template for enabling volunteers to build integrated, holistic and, perhaps most importantly, sustainable communities in slum areas across the developing world. Initially focused on the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga now works with over 2000 communities across its original home, Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.
Women Entrepreneur – Aude de Thuin (French) Aude de Thuin is the founder of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, an annual event with over 1,200 delegates which is designed to promote the representation of women in all areas of society and greater gender parity in all seats of power.
Policy maker – Irina Bokova (Bulgarian) Irina Bokova is the first woman to hold the post of Director General of UNESCO. A former Bulgarian minister for foreign affairs, her contribution to her country’s development has been recognised by The New York Times, which described her as playing an active role in Bulgaria’s transformation to become a European Union member. She plays a key role at UNESCO in transforming education to develop global citizenship.
Young Entrepreneur – Melissa Kushner (American) Melissa Kushner is the founder of goods for good which helps local communities in Africa to care for more than 67,000 orphans by providing them with the surplus goods of the developed world – so far over 100 tons of children’s clothes, school equipment, toys and other supplies.
Other highlights of the event included the attendance of the Head of Trade in Rwanda, representatives of the Turkish Education Department and the Gothenburg Mayor.
One of the leading bodies of its kind, the World Entrepreneurship Forum aims to foster sustainable development which combines both social justice and economic growth.
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