Young Professionals Seminar: “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship”

United Europe’s 7th Young Professionals Seminar will take place in Arosa, Switzerland from June 17 to 19, 2016. For this workshop, we plan to focus on:

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Hotel Kulm Terasse klein

Arosa, Switzerland

Economic developments in recent years have given rise to a somewhat cynical view of the future: China, according to this opinion, will soon have monopolised manufacturing. India will be the leader in services, the United States will dominate entertainment, and Europe…

… Europe will have turned into a giant museum.

Does that seem exaggerated? Certainly, but less so than we would wish. At United Europe, we want to ensure that the next generation of Europeans will be able to live in freedom, security and prosperity on our continent. But that will only happen if we have a vibrant and competitive economy as well as a society that believes in itself and its values.

Europe needs more people who are willing to commit themselves, to take risks, to try out new things and to set their own goals. Entrepreneurship is needed not only for economic success, but also for social mobility and progress. Given the ageing of Europe’s population and the sharp competition we are facing from other regions of the world, it is all the more important that we do everything possible to foster such a spirit.

This is why we have chosen “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship” as the topic for our next Young Professionals seminar. Our opening speaker will be Professor Roland Berger, founder and honorary chairman of the only global leading consultancy of European origin. The meeting will be mentored by Anthony Ruys, board member of United Europe and former CEO of Heineken.

For this seminar, we will bring together 20 to 25 young professionals from all parts of Europe. Each of them will be asked to prepare some input on the topic reflecting his or her own personal and professional experiences and convictions. These are some of the issues that might be raised:

  • What is the spirit of entrepreneurship in various European countries? How easy or how difficult is it to set up you own company? You might want to look at issues of funding, scale, qualifications, regulation, borders or languages.
  • Why do we need entrepreneurs? Is there a role for an entrepreneurial spirit beyond business and making money? Can an entrepreneurial spirit be harmful to society?
  • What are the attitudes in our societies towards risk, business, money, failure and success? How important is security to people? Is the start-up boom a hype or is it for real?
  • What role does the state play: is it helpful or harmful to the entrepreneurial system? Does a good social security system encourage risk-taking or smother it?

To get a better idea of this event, please have a look at the reports of our previous Young Professionals Seminars.  If you are interested in this event please contact us on United Europe will also ask its members to help suggest suitable candidates.

About the supporters of this Young Professionals Seminar

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger, a founding member of United Europe, with a personal donation. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roland Berger Foundation, which is dedicated to the global protection of human dignity and helps gifted children and young people from underprivileged families in Germany and Italy to gain access to the best possible education.

SenvionSenvion, one of the leading international manufacturers of wind turbines. All across the globe, the engineering company is developing, constructing and distributing wind turbines for almost every location. With more than 3,700 employees worldwide Senvion can draw on the profound experience of having constructed and installed over 6,600 wind turbines.

UBS semiboldUBS, the world’s largest global wealth manager which provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. Headquartered in Zurich, UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in 54 countries. UBS Group AG employs approximately 60,000 people around the world.

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