Entrepreneurship: Awakening the Force


INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum

25 September 2020 - ONLINE


Join us online on the 25 September 2020 for the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum


Problems cannot be solved with the same mind-set that created them

Albert Einstein

As we start a new decade, it is an opportunity to create, change, fix, grow and learn.

In this extraordinary year with its unprecedented challenges, entrepreneurial spirit is more important than ever.  We are delighted to confirm that the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF2020) is going remote.
Join us online on the 25 September 2020 from 4.00pm CEST to hear from top entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in the global start-up eco-system to learn about relevant topics in this new era. As the twenties progress, it is essential that we adapt, create, change and learn.
Delivered by passionate INSEAD entrepreneurs, inspired by a great purpose – “INSEAD Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good”. 

Incorporating successful ingredients of previous IEFs, attendees will benefit from:

  • entrepreneurial topics relevant in CV19 times

  • top entrepreneurial speakers

  • meeting like-minded participants

  • ​actionable takeaways from various workshops

The IEF will challenge attendees to disrupt, inspire, debate and grow.

IEF2019 delivered a 95% satisfaction rating and is renowned as a key event in the INSEAD entrepreneurial calendar.

Mark your calendars for 25 September 2020 from 4.00pm CEST and join us.  The INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum is open to INSEAD alumni, students, and INSEAD friends.

If you would like your venture to be considered for the Pitching event, please click here and complete your application before the 18 September 2020
Two complimentary enrolments will be offered for the winners of the IEF Pitch Contest to an INSEAD Open Online Programme of their choice. Please click here to learn more about the portfolio of online programmes for 2020/2021.


May be subject to change

Friday 25 September 2020 on ZOOM

4:00 - 4:30pm

Welcome by the IEF Steering Committee and Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean of INSEAD/ Dean of Innovation, Professor of Strategy
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

4:30 - 5:00pm

Opening Keynote Address
"What I loved about Covid: A tale of entrepreneurship, leadership and change management"
Anne-Charlotte Desruelle MBA'04D, Founder and CEO at SoftParis

5:00 - 5:15pm

Break: participants joining Break Out Rooms

5:15 - 6:15pm

Session 1 (A) Panel and Q&A
"Digital Rush: The delicate Art of Selling"

Edoardo Manitto, MBA'07J, Managing Director at Lafayette Plug and Play
- Sylvain Miquel, Head of Sales at JVWEB
- Dhruv Saxena, MBA'14J, Director New Business Models- Dropship / E-Commerce Platforms/ Monetisation at Nike
- Martin Gentil, MBA'02D, Co-Founder and CEO at Diatly

Moderated by Gilles Le Guennec, EMBA'08D, Founder at UrbanAq, Venture Partner at Orevon

Session 1 (B) Panel and Q&A
"Opportunities vs Bankruptcy: Lessons from an Unprecedented Crisis"

- Samuel Sadoulet, GEMBA'13D, President and COO at Edmund Optics Inc.
Arnaud Bonzom, Managing Director at Black Mangroves & EiR at INSEAD
Miguel de Paiva Gomes, AMP'16Jul, Global Chief Cargo Officer at TAP Air Portugal

Moderated by Pedro Lima, MAP S/F'14Aug, Executive Board Member & CEO at GLSMED (Luz Saúde)

6:15 - 6:30pm

Break: participants joining Break Out Rooms

6:30 - 7:30pm

Session 2 (A) Panel and Q&A
"Managing a Business Remotely, Tools & Techniques"

- Lev Kundin, MBA'14D, Co-founder, Head of Data at Moteefe
Tim Wekezer, MBA'15J, CEO and Founder Waitrr 
Alex Zigharev, MBA'10D, GP Deeptech SpeedInvest

Moderated by Cristobal Alonso, MBA'00D, serial entrepreneur and CEO of StartUp Wise Guys

Session 2 (B) Workshop
"Where are VC Putting Their Money in 2020/21?"

- Fernando Russo, GEMBA'16D, Founder and GP at Meraki Impact
Shemtov Or Luis, MBA'16J, Founder at Lunar Ventures

Moderated by Sebastien Barthelemy, MBA'17D, Founder and CEO at Factio

7:30 - 7:45pm


7:45 - 8:45pm

Pitch Contest

Moderated by Charlotte Mason, EMBA'07D, Venture Partner at Antler

8:45 - 9:00pmBreak

9:00 - 9:30pm

Closing Keynote Address
"Core Vision: Leadership after Covid"
Jan Mühlfeit, Ret. Chairman Europe at Microsoft Corporation, Global Strategist, Coach, Author


Wrap up and E-Beers

Practical Information

A confidential Zoom link and access code to connect to the event will be sent to you 1 day before the Forum.

Media, Filming and Photography

We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact the INSEAD Entrepreneurship team prior to the event.

Steering Committee

  • Charlotte Mason

    Charlotte Mason

    EMBA'07D, Director at SiliconIOM

  • Cris Alonso

    Cristobal Alonso

    MBA'00D, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of StartUp Wise Guys

  • Gilles Le Guennec

    Gilles Le Guennec

    EMBA'08D, Serial entrepreneur, Founder at UrbanAq, Venture Partner at Orevon

  • Sabrine Monségur

    Sabrine Monségur

    Centre Manager - Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship

  • Pedro Lima

    Pedro Lima

    MAP S/F'14Aug, Executive Board Member & CEO at GLSMED (Luz Saúde)

  • Sebastien Barthelemy

    Sebastien Barthelemy

    MBA'17D, Factio - Founder & CEO INSEAD Summer Start UP tour - Founder & Head of steering committee Co-leader of Pitch Lab & Apero - entrepreneur Insead Alumni Clubs .

  • Nancy Hsieh

    Nancy Hsieh

    Executive Director - Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship


We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support and to the INSEAD Alumni Association Portugal for hosting and co-organising the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum.






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