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INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship


INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum

22 - 24 Sep '23

INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum

Lisbon, Portugal
22 - 24 Sep '23

INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum

Lisbon, Portugal


Thriving Through Turbulent Times

After a two year hiatus, the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum is back! Join us to learn from the best entrepreneurial minds on how to weather the economic storm and come out stronger on the other side.

Our forum is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in a rapidly changing world. With the theme of "Thriving Through Turbulent Times" we aim to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs and businesses in today's dynamic and unpredictable global landscape.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur looking for inspiration, a seasoned business leader seeking to stay ahead of the curve, or an investor looking for the next big thing, our forum provides a platform for you to connect, collaborate, and learn from the best and brightest in the industry. Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet and experience :

Successful startup founders from INSEAD and beyond 

Panel discussions on topics ranging from fundraising, to building resilient business models and exit strategy

Networking opportunities with experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs

Startup Pitch Event

Join us to hear from top entrepreneurs, investors and leaders in the global startup ecosystem.






Registration and tickets are available on the Eventbrite website


  INSEAD Alumni Non-INSEAD Alumni
Full Event €275  €325
Saturday, 23 September only €185 €215


  • INSEAD Student Ticket – Full Event : €199
  • Social Activity : Sailing on Tejo rive – Sunday, 24 September: €50

Refund is possible until 31 August 2023 included (no partial refund will be processed).

Should you have any questions or need any clarification, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Practical Information

The Venue

Friday, September 22 

The INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum 2023 will be officially opened with the first part of the program at NOS Av. Dom João II 48, Lisbon.

Saturday, September 23 

On Saturday, September 23 the main part of the program will be held at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation at Av. de Berna, 45A, Lisbon

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is an international foundation based in Portugal which promotes the development of individuals and organisations through art, science, education, and charity, for a more equitable and sustainable society.

Accessibility: All areas of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and parts of the Garden, have accesses and equipment for visitors with limited mobility.

Dinner will be served from 19h30 at the Hotel Altis Avenida - Rua 1º Dezembro, Lisbon

Ride Sharing

INSEAD aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (read more).
We encourage you to support the school in this effort and use public transportation to get to the event. If you must travel by car, please consider carpooling – you can coordinate with other alumni in the ride sharing community on Whova.

Parking / Transportation 

It is possible to park at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The two closest metro stations to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation are São Sebastião (blue and red lines) and Praça de Espanha (blue line).


There are numerous accommodations close to the venue the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, such as : 

Dress code

The dress code for the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum is business casual. 

For the Sailing trip on Sunday, we suggest casual. 

Media, filming and photography

INSEAD will engage professional photographers for this event. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Attendees who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact us prior to the event.

Social Acitivity Venue - Sailing on the Tejo River

Two groups of sailing teams are being organized with the meeting time at 10am and 2pm at the Doca Seca da Marina de Oeiras

Sailing duration : 2h30. Tickets are being sold separately through the Eventbrite

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Past Forum Testimonials

Why should you join the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum?

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


It was the best INSEAD event I've been to and I go to quite a few of them. What made this Forum so special is that most of the attendees were lifelong entrepreneurs who were very candid in sharing their stories without leaving out the struggles. The panel discussions were very inspiring and the networking sessions were a lot of fun. I'll definitely try to attend all future INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forums from now on.

Tim Wekezer, MBA' 15J, Founder of Waitrr


The IEF gave me a lift up: great content, relevant contacts, all in a relaxed while studious atmosphere. The fact of belonging to INSEAD had already broken the ice and made discussions immediately useful. It was very easy to meet lots of new people and, as always, the international mix of INSEAD was totally unique! It felt like family.

Jean Haguet, MBA'96D, Strategy Consultant Caravela Consulting


Every entrepreneur is at some level also a content maker, because they have to tell their story coherently and attractively. Seeing everyone at the conference do this so well, and so differently, was highly instructive and well worth the trip.

Alex Connock, MBA'93J, Founder and Managing Director at MISSILE Digital


Get an international perspective on entrepreneurship and join IEF.

Peer Kolendorf, MBA' 78, Founder of Comitel Holding A/S


A very stimulating alumni gathering bringing together super energizing fresh startups and experienced serial entrepreneurs and investors. Great opportunity to meet INSEAD members of the startup ecosystem

Sandra Martin Moran, AMP' 18Jul,  Chief Legal Officer INSUD PHARMA


There is something distinct about the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Forum: there are no glow in the dark egos. Every participant has incredible tacit knowledge backed by a real desire to offer candid, honest, personal insights. I have never witnessed this in other similar events around entrepreneurship and perhaps it is because the event is powered by the desire to see other Alumni succeed like the veterans on the panels. This is priceless.

Inma Martinez, Venture Partner Deep Science Ventures 


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