Are you leading us into the Digital Economy?

Training and education pathways for SMEs and start-ups

20 May 2015 from 15.00 h to 21.00 h

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Auditorium B200 (2nd floor)
Aalto University, School of Business
Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100 Helsinki

 

 

Regional Cluster Event Report: Helsinki, 20 May 2015 [PDF 510 KB]

 

Need for e-Leadership

e-Leadership is of crucial importance for companies – especially SMEs and start-ups - and industry to excel in their business operation. For effective e-leadership, the skills required are seen as those which enable people with very strong ICT skills to lead qualified staff from ICT and other disciplines towards identifying and designing business models and exploiting key innovation opportunities. Their success is defined as making best use of developments in ICT and delivering value to their organizations. Demand is growing throughout European industry to improve the quality of e-leadership, covering organization leadership in ICT innovation to deliver business value. Research has confirmed a significant shortage of e-leadership skills across Europe - a call for action.
The European Commission e-Leadership initiative started in 2013 has focused on the leadership needs of top decision-makers and professional leaders at larger enterprises. These leaders oversee portfolios of both well-defined and emergent innovation opportunities. Successful design and implementation requires developing and engaging highly qualified staff to achieve the target value. With this further initiative on ‘e-leadership Skills for SMEs’ which started in 2014 the Commission is now targeting SMEs and start-ups.
Focus of Initiative and Event
The European Commission initiative found that closing the e-leadership skills gap requires a range of educational ecosystem actions. In particular it needs strong collaboration of demand and supply stakeholders to create new educational offers. Pilot work shows that this leads to innovative and relevant content for e-leadership programmes and courses.
The present event is one of five regional events organised by the European Commission across Europe. It is hosted by Tivia and Aalto University.


Focus of Initiative and Event

The European Commission initiative found that closing the e-leadership skills gap requires a range of educational ecosystem actions. In particular it needs strong collaboration of demand and supply stakeholders to create new educational offers. Pilot work shows that this leads to innovative and relevant content for e-leadership programmes and courses.
The present event is one of five regional events organised by the European Commission across Europe. It is hosted by Tivia and Aalto University.

Objectives

The objectives of the event are to:

  • Inform SMEs and start-ups about newly developed training and higher and executive education offers on e-leadership supporting them exploiting innovation opportunities emerging through developments in ICT and in delivering value to their organisation.
  • Communicate the e-leadership and the lessons learnt from these developments and the teaching of first cohorts of participants in different types of courses and in different countries to all stakeholders and keen to promote innovation through e-Leadership.
  • Inform about the European higher and executive education landscape and further training offers in the areas of e-leadership and digital entrepreneurship.
  • Demonstrate to institutions, universities and business schools e-leadership courses developed and piloted in different contexts and countries and for different target groups as well as lessons learnt and guide education and training institutions to develop e-leadership programmes.
  • Encourage employers – especially SMEs and start-ups - to make use of e-leadership programme and course offerings and to team up with education and training institutions to develop these in line with their needs.
  • Inform policy-makers and government representatives interested in promoting digital innovation and developing appropriate national policies and initiatives of different type and in different policy areas about already existing successful national policies and initiatives in this area which they may want to take as inspiration and for their own work.

Target groups

This event is targeted at innovative employers especially from SMEs and start-ups, entrepreneurs, current and aspiring e-leaders, professional associations, universities and business schools as well as (especially the morning session) policy-makers interested in promoting digital innovation and developing appropriate national policies and initiatives of different type and in different policy areas.

Attendance Fee

There is no charge to attend the event. Anyone expressing an interest will be sent a link to the outputs of this event.
Please register your interest here.

Registration

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This event is targeted at innovative employers, current and aspiring e-leaders, professional associations, universities and business schools as well as policy-makers interested in promoting digital innovation. There is no charge to attend the event. Anyone expressing an interest will be sent a link to the outputs of this event.

Agenda

Afternoon Session: e-Leadership Policy and Education & Training Landscape

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Chairperson: Mika Helenius, Aalto University

14:30 - 15:00

Registration

15:00 - 15:30

Welcome and introduction

 

Entrepreneurial  SME – Digital Insight and Innovation  

Digital Competences Transformation   

  • Robert Serén, CEO, TIVIA

Aalto University – Innovation with student entrepreneurs      

  • Prof. Peter Kelly, Aalto University

 

15:30 - 15:50

The European e-Leadership Skills Initiative: Introduction & overview
 

European Commission Policies and Initiatives on e-leadership

  • André Richier, European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (Belgium)

e-Leadership for SMEs and Entrepreneurs: a European Initiative

 

15:50 - 16:10

e-Leadership Scoreboard, National Policy Initiatives and Higher and Executive Education and General Training Landscape in Europe
 

- National policies relating to e-leadership and digital entrepreneurship
- Initiatives and multi-stakeholder partnerships
- Benchmarking and e-Leadership Scoreboard
- e-Leadership and digital entrepreneurship higher and executive education programmes and general training programmes for SMEs and entrepreneurs in Europe

 

16:10 - 17:10

Discussion with speakers and the participants

17:10 - 17:30

Conclusions and Next Steps

17:30 - 18:00

Networking

 

Evening Session: e-Leadership for SMEs: Success Stories, Training Courses, Programmes, MOOCs

17:30 - 18:00

Registration

18:00-18:30

Welcome and introduction

 

 Entrepreneurial  SME – Insight and Innovation   

  • Mika Helenius, Aalto University

Aalto / Student perpective  “Summer of Startups Sales Competition Winner”

  • Erkka Isomäki, Co-founder Viima Solutions Oy 

Aalto Ventures Program – Practice catalyst for change

  • Dr. Timo Nyberg, Aalto University

 

18:30 - 18:45

Innovation through e-leadership: Skills requirements in SMEs and Start-ups
 

- Results from interviews and a European survey of decision makers

- Case studies of successful SMEs

 

18:45 - 19:15

Innovation through e-leadership: Successful SMEs – case studies
 

CASE: Kiosked Corp. – Motezing global content

  • Micky Paqvalen, CEO and Founder

CASE: Tuxera Corp. – Your data anywhere you want it

  • Mikko Välimäki, CEO

CASE: M-Files Corp.  – Redefining knowledge organization productivity

  • Mikko Mäkitalo, CEO

 

19:15 - 19:45

The e-Leadership journey for SMEs and start-ups: Teaching e-leadership and innovation
 

Training, education and coaching courses from the European e-Leadership for SMEs initiative.

 

 19:45 - 20:45

e-leadership training courses & programmes for SMEs and start-ups
 

Digital Innovation: a strategic view of IT and innovation for SMEs

  • Peter Kelly, Aalto University, Helsinki

Program in Management of Digital Innovation and IT Governance

  • Prof. Matti Rossi, Aalto University, Helsinki

 
  • Prof. Martti Mäntylä, Aalto University, Helsinki

Future program in Business Platform and Systems Innovation & Engineering

  • Mika Helenius, Aalto University

 

20:45 - 21:00

Discussion with speakers and participants
21:00... Summary, Conclusions, Next Steps
Cocktail Reception

 

Organising and Promotional Partners

 
 
 

 

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)

Further Information

e-Leadership Flyer
You can obtain background research on the e-leadership topic by accessing a flyer at the following web site: http://eskills-guide.eu/documents/

Event Secretariat:
Mira Zöller: mira.zoeller(at)empirica(dot)com
Werner B. Korte: werner.korte(at)empirica(dot)com

Event language
The conference language will be English.

Venue

Aalto University, School of Business
Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100 Helsinki


Contractor

A service contract has been awarded in December 2013 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)