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Event Date Tue Oct 26 UTC - Thu Oct 28 UTC (8 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Tue Oct 26 6:00am - Thu Oct 28 9:30am
Location Online Event
Region All

IFC's Beyond the Known Conference 2021 (BTK) aims to bring together a diverse range of practitioners in the field of entrepreneurship and MSME promotion to foster a global community of practice and to facilitate exchange and peer learning on the latest developments and on the effective solutions that are being piloted in this domain.

The two following days will be dedicated to tested and successful solutions in entrepreneurship promotion and MSME development submitted by practitioners as part of a Call4Solutions. These solutions will respond to the challenges and opportunities on three main tracks:
• Achieving Dynamic and Resilient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
This track aims to: showcase different ways productive entrepreneurial communities have grown; show participants that ecosystems are everywhere, even if they are at an early stage; and spark ideas and connections for participants to nurture ecosystems that enable entrepreneurs to succeed and generate employment.
• Accelerating MSME access to financial services through new technologies and skills development program
This track aims to: showcase best practices regarding effective combinations of financial and NFS or business development support services; reflect on the role of new technologies and tools in this domain, and debate on local skills and training-support programs needed in emerging markets.
• Challenging inclusiveness and environmental sustainability in entrepreneurship promotion
This track aims to: critically reflect on different ways of doing entrepreneurship promotion to achieve more concrete impacts on equality and environmental sustainability. If we keep promoting entrepreneurship the way it is being done, aren't we contributing to the depletion of natural resources and to an unequal society?


2021 Speakers

Irene Ochem
CEO/ Founder, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

David McKenzie
Lead Economist, World Bank Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit.

Bagoré Bathily
Founder and CEO, La Laiterie du Berger, a company dedicated to promoting locally produced milk in Senegal.


Parminder Vir OBE
Expert, African Entrepreneurship; Chair, Ongoza Board

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors

• Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
• European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
• International Labour Organization
• Swiss Contact
• Argidius