INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum


The Rudolf and Valeria Maag Centre for Entrepreneurship



Entrepreneurship: The Force awakens

25-26 September 2020, Lisbon, Portugal


Join us on the 25-26 September 2020 for the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF)

Albert Einstein: «Problems cannot be solved with the same mind-set that created them».

As we start the twenties, it is essential to create, change, fix, grow and learn.

INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) returns; hosted in Lisbon on 25-26 September 2020. The IEF will challenge attendees to disrupt, inspire, debate and become stronger.

Motivated by the best people for a noble purpose – “INSEAD Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good”.

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

  • top entrepreneurial INSEAD speakers
  • high achieving global audience
  • actionable takeaways from various workshops
  • venture pitch contest

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

Mark your calendars for 25-26 September and join us for a sunny and exciting weekend at IEF2020 in Lisbon.

Seats are limited so please sign up now to benefit from early bird pricing and to avoid disappointment.


The INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the IEF Steering Committee.

Please note that the programme may be subject to change


Programme may be subject to change

Friday 25 September 2020
Evening sessions

16:00Registration and welcome
16:15 - 17:45First round of pitching competition
Moderated by Charlotte Mason, EMBA'07D, Director at SiliconIOM
17:45 - 18:45Keynote address by Anne-Charlotte Desruelle MBA'04D, Founder and CEO at SoftParis
19:00Cocktail reception


Saturday 26 September 2020
Full day

08:15Registration and welcome
09:00 - 09:45

Keynote address

09:50 - 10:50Session 1 (A) Break Out Room 1

Impact Investing

Session 1 (B) Break Out Room 2
Consumers take control

11:05 - 11:55OPTIONAL: Workshop: Ideas on Stage
10:50 - 12:00Coffee break/ Networking session
12:00 - 13:00Session 2 (A) Break Out Room 1

How startups can save lives?

Session 2 (B) Break Out Room 2

The psychological costs of Entrepreneurship and how to avoid divorce

13:00 - 14:30Lunch/ Networking session
14:30 - 15:30

Session 3 (A) Break Out Room 1
What about VCs now? Where are you going to put your money in 2020?

Session 3 (B) Break Out Room 2
AI & Cyber security

15:30 - 16:00Coffee break/ Networking session
16:30 - 17:30

Finals of pitch contest
Moderated by Charlotte Mason, EMBA'07D, Director at SiliconIOM


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

Practical Information

Forum Venue

The INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum 2020 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.



We encourage all participants to book rooms as soon as possible as during the weekend, hotels are filling up quickly.


Dress Code

We recommend business casual for all attendees at the conference. For the Saturday dinner the dress code is smart/business (not black tie).


Dietary Requirements

If either you or your partner requires a vegetarian menu or if you have any other dietary requirements, please let us know as soon as possible and we will be happy to accommodate your request.


Media, Filming and Photography

INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. All sessions will be filmed. 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.


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.



Neil Raymond MBA’98

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