ISUM session online on Oct. 30

Dear AIESEC entrepreneurs:

We are very pleased to confirm that as part of the Spark conference organized by AIESEC France, there will be an online #ISUM session re #AIESEC and #entrepreneurship. The session will be in English and is dedicated to AIESEC students and alumni.

Book the date: October 30, from 6pm to 7.30pm Paris time.

We will announce soon the international speakers.

The Space incubator

On behalf of the #AIESECfund, I am very pleased to inform you that the #Space #incubator project in Benin has been unanimously approved for fundraising by our Steering Committee composed of #AIESECInternational, #AAI and the AIESEC Fund.

Bravo to Krisztina Kapuvári and her team.

We are very proud of you!

We will soon launch the Fundraising campaign, in coordination with #AAI and #AI, for this impactful project:



Mrs Bouchamaoui speech at ISUM Tunis

Mr Wahb Zouid, President of AIESEC ALUMNI Tunisie,
Mr Slim Bahrini, President of AIESEC Tunisie,
Honorable guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor to be among you today, for this important event that is devoted to startup development and enterprises creation in the field of new technologies in Tunisia.

Before anything else, it gives me a great pleasure to welcome you here in UTICA’s headquarters and to extend my congratulations and thanks to all the team of AIESEC and AIESEC ALUMNI Tunisia for having taken this initiative and for all the efforts they are making to coach and assist Tunisian students.

I would also like to greet all the participating students here, and advise them to never limit their ambition and to be more and more creative, daring and initiating. YOU, students are the future of Tunisia, YOU are tomorrow’s leaders.

None is born leader, we become leaders by learning, training and by developing the sense of initiative, by daring and risk-taking.

The family, then school and university are probably the best grounds for spreading the seeds and the values of entrepreneurship.

The liberalization of energies and initiatives, the improvement of the business environment, the transparency in transactions and the access to information are as many factors that stimulate the creation of enterprises.

The current business environment still needs adjustment and enhancement.

In this situation, I couldn’t go on without mentioning what I assume is a fundamental point which is: the improvement of Enterprises/University relations, as this is one of the fundamentals to initiate relationships between future generations and the world of entrepreneurship.

At UTICA, we’ve always drawn the attention on this subject, as we remain convinced that students are to have an adequate education, up-dated and adapted to the requirements of the labor market, an education that will lead them to find a job and eventually launch their own project.

We do believe that a true and effective partnership between the Private sector and the University is a top priority that all parties should work on, in order to make it happen.

The success in creating, conceiving and innovating any human work is the result of a whole set of factors, mainly our determination to succeed, to carry out our plans; the environment in which we live being also another important factor.

Determination, patience and perseverance are the main features that we should have in order to face unforeseen obstacles. That’s the only way to face problems and ensure the success of our project, especially at its beginning.

Holding to these principles is important! However, the business environment is not less important. And it is the reason why UTICA never stopped making aware all the concerned parties about the obligation:

  • to upgrade the environment, in which the enterprise operates;
  • to review and improve the existing legislation and;
  • to put in place all mechanisms and tools so as to encourage the development of our enterprises on the national as well as on the international level.

I do believe that boosting our economic growth remains feasible.
Our country’s main resource is still here. As it has always been, Tunisia had no other resource than its HUMAN ones: Tunisian men and women are the backbone of the country.

We have to transcend our fears and doubts and be confident in our endeavor.

It is true that we’re experiencing some political and ideological disparities but we have to go on and to cooperate, we have to remain unified and hence become a strength at many and various levels.
We all know that thanks to just our human potential, we’ve been able to surmount many difficulties.

I would end my statement by inviting all our students and all our youth to keep faith and remain optimistic, as YOU with us, will be the determining factor of our future.

Never forget for the rest of your life in good times and bad, that you live in an interdependent world and that we have got to pull it together.

Thank you very much for your attention.


Mrs Ouided BOUCHAMAOUI, President of UTICA.


Mrs Bouchamaoui, President of UTICA, to open #ISUM13Tunis

We are pleased and honored to confirm that Mrs Ouided BOUCHAMAOUI will be opening ISUM Tunis 2013; at 9 am on May 18 at the UTICA headquarters in Tunis.

Mrs Ouided BOUCHAMAOUI is the President of UTICA (Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat).

Mr Sami SMAOUI, Managing Director HP Tunisia to join ISUM

We are pleased to confirm the participation of Mr Sami Smaoui as a speaker in our Marketing session for ISUM Tunis.

Mr Smaoui is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard for Tunisia and Lybia. He is a graduate of BILKENT University and holds an Executive MBA from Université Privée du Sud Méditerranéen.

Mr Jean Du Lac to speak at ISUM Tunis

We are pleased to confirm the participation of Mr Jean Du Lac, CEO of Dulac & Co, an investment advisory firm and also the President of the INSEAD Africa Club at INSEAD Alumni Association France.

Mr Du Lac is the Past President of the INSEAD Alumni Association France.

ISUM Lima 2012

International Start-Ups Meeting 2012 was developed in Lima City. The 200 participants came from different cities from Peru and from 6 foreign countries.

The congress was composed of three main activities: 

networking sessions in order to ensure that every participant get to know each other;

– local and international best case practices from startups, where 23 organizations shared their experience;

the “startup challenge”  during which startup teams pitched their projects in front of a professional jury in order to challenge for winning the best recognition (and also to win a travel award in a selected hotel of Peru for three days).

The trainers and case practices selected were the following:

– Fredy Hawie (President at AIESEC Alumni Perú),

– Dipoo (Founder: Mario Gil),

– Rosatel (Founder: Jorge Arteta),

– (Founder: Jorge Mateljan),

– Lima Valley (Dr: Arturo Canez),

– Startup Academy (Founder:  Alvaro Zarate),

– Product Development & Management Association (Founder: Rolando Cruzado),

– The Hub (Dr: Iris Parra),

– Regalbox (Dr: Nicolás Bernal),

– Disfruta (Founder: Azucena Gutiérrez),

– Startup Advisory (Founder: Diana Castañeda),

– CIDE (Dr: Julio Vela),

– StartupLegal advisory (Dr: Luis Gonzalo Ramirez), 

– IMASEN (Founder: Giovanna Peñaflor),

– Cabify (Dr: Gerardo Reategui),

– Wayra (Dr: Juan Francisco Rosas),

– Invierteme (Founder: Hector Morrel).

– (Founder: Luis Carlos Burneo),

– (Founder: Nicolás Mendoza del Solar), (Founder: Fernando D’Alessio),

– Emprende Social (Founder: Silvana Pacheco),

– Wayra’s Mentor (Mentor: Giancarlo Falconi),

– FINCYT (Specialist Marco Alvarez),

– Claro (SubDr. Oscar F.)

– and IEEE (MGA Treasure: Enrique Alvarez Rodrich).

The 200 attendees (startups, trainers, delegates, mentors, investors, jury and young entrepreneurs) came from different cities such as Lima, La Libertad, Arequipa, Cusco, Puno and Huánuco and from foreign countries such as Belgium, Germany, USA, Uruguay, Chile and Colombia.  

The congress organization was a coordination between many people and organizations. It was developed by the AIESEC Alumni Association in Peru,  in association with AIESEC Alumni International, with the special support of Christian Cochard as Global Program Manager of ISUM who supported the elaboration of the program in Lima.

It was co-organized with Lima Valley and Startup Academy (both leading organizations around the startup field in Perú) and with the support from PDMA (Product Development and Management Association), an international network specialized in product and service development and innovation.

In addition, some key organizations sponsored the Congress, such as CIDE (Center of Innovation at Universidad Católica) and Claro (Lead Telecommunication Company in Latinamerica).

Thank you all!
With best regards,
Rolando Cruzado, Organizing Committee President.

Thank you!

Thank you to all delegates and speakers for participating to the first International Start-Ups Meeting held in Paris.

You will find thereafter the link to the photos of the event:

Your feedback is important to us. Please share your views and your recommendations for future meetings.

The conference video report will be prepared in the next two weeks and you can order your own copy online on the following link:

Tunisia is getting prepared for the next meeting in May 2013; the Tunis OC team met this Sunday 16 of October for a first working session. The Paris OC team will provide advice and will support the second edition of the International Start-Ups Meeting.

Again many thanks to all participants; we will keep in touch on this blog about the actual results of your start-ups together with our speakers support and continuing advice; let us know about your progress so that to inform the blog readers!

And let us continue to share the great spirit of international understanding and entrepreneurship!

Kind regards, the OC team.

Tip# 8: be the problem solver!

“In challenging economic times, many small business owners reach out for someone to help them keep their company afloat.  Consider positioning yourself as a turnaround expert who can help a business owner make the decisions necessary to meet the challenges of a downturn in the economy.  This is the kind of help people will pay for in trying times.”

Although this advice was written for professionals (lawyers, accountants and consultants) it can be applied to any start-up business.  Your customers want someone or something that can solve a particular problem. 

The problem might be slow sales, high cost of materials, difficulty in the supply chain, etc.  In times of recession, all problems are amplified because everyone is struggling to make a profit and keep their company going.

Focus on solving the problem of others.  If you can BE the problem solver, you will be successful no matter what shape the economy is in.

Kind regards,

Gail REID.

Mr Jean du Lac, joining our international speakers team

We are very pleased and honored to announce that Mr Jean du Lac is joining the international speakers team for ISUM 2011 in Paris.

Mr du Lac is the founder and CEO of DULAC & Co. With its partners in Europe, India and Canada, DULAC & Co has completed several investment deals in European companies by foreign investors and venture capital firms, and advised foreign groups in their divestiture strategy and implementation in France.

An experienced executive, after 10 years in a large multinational organization (Ford), Mr du Lac has moved to medium size companies general management to be turnaround or/and developed and then, contributed to establish the European affiliates of US software companies.

He  introduced eRoom Technologies in France, and, after eRoom acquisition by Documentum, managed development of this activity within EMEA.

Prior to that, he was part of the team that introduced Impresse, a marketing software, in Europe as GM France and Europe Business Development Director.

Until this time, his career was developped in the industry (Ford Motor Cie, SCOA — international trading –, Exapaq — transportation –, CPI — printing– ) in sales and general management positions.

Mr du Lac is an MBA graduate of INSEAD; he was the President of the INSEAD Alumni association in France from 2001 to 2006. He is also today the Vice-President of Cercle des Administrateurs INSEAD – Wharton.