Here you can find the agenda for BEYOND THE KNOWN, the Practitioners’ Exchange to Discover New Ways to Promote Entrepreneurship & Support MSME Development.

Please note that this agenda will be continuously updated.

Day One | 15 October 2019

Practitioners will convene to share lessons learnt and co-create solutions and recommendations for moving Beyond the Known of entrepreneurship promotion and MSME development in emerging economies.

The Beyond the Known practitioners’ exchange is moderated by Anja König, Founder and Director of Social Impact Markets.

09:00 - 09:10

Welcoming Remarks [Plenary]

Speaker: Axel Klaphake, Director Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

09:10 - 09:30

Keynote Speech [Plenary]
Speaker: Poonam Bir Kasturi, Founder, PBK Waste Solutions Pvt Ltd

09:30 - 10:30

Input Speeches: Looking to the Future of MSME Development Support with Lessons Learned [Plenary]

After hearing directly from an inspiring entrepreneur during the keynote speech, key practitioners will provide brief input speeches around lessons learned in entrepreneurship promotion and MSME development support to set the scene for discussions which look beyond the known to the future of entrepreneurship in emerging economies.


  • Devin Chesney, Director of Strategic Development, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) (Click here to download presentation)
  • Harry Devonshire, Evaluation Officer, Argidius Foundation
  • Teresa Widmer, Global Manager, Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, Swisscontact
10:30 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 - 11:30

Setting the Scene: Introducing Topics [Plenary]

Beyond the Known partners are invited to take the stage and pitch their selected topic areas chosen to inspire conversations around the latest findings and ways forward in the field of entrepreneurship promotion and business development support for MSMEs in emerging economies.

Topic Hosts: 

  1. MSME segmentation and entrepreneur-centred approaches, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  2. Interplay between financial and non-financial services, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  3. MSME support in the digital era, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  4. Entrepreneurial ecosystems and local advisory service providers, Swisscontact
  5. Shedding light on conflict settings, gender aspects, and other new trends, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
11:30 - 11:45

Methodology Input [Plenary]

The Beyond the Known collaborative and hands-on methodology for the two days practitioners’ exchange are introduced, setting the scene for solutions and recommendations prototyping that applies the diverse knowledge and expertise of participating practitioners.

Please download the principles of entrepreneurship promotion here.

Input speakers:

  • Rainer Agster, Director of Private Sector Cooperation, adelphi consult
  • Benjamin Meier, Swisscontact
  • Christina Schmittmann, Consultant, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
11:45 - 12:00

Welcoming by BMZ [Plenary]

Speaker: Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

12:00 - 12:05 GROUP PHOTO
12:05 - 13:15 LUNCH BREAK
13:15 - 15:00

Prototyping: First Round [Group-Level]

All practitioners are invited to form five groups around the core topic areas to share their insights and collaboratively prototype new solutions and draft recommendations that move Beyond the Known of MSME support and entrepreneurship promotion.

15:00 - 15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:30 - 17:15

Prototyping: Second Round [Group-Level]

The second round of prototyping works the same as the first round, but practitioners are invited to choose another topic from the five practitioners’ exchange topics to continue prototyping solutions and recommendations for the future of MSME support in emerging economies.


GET TOGETHER | At Lindenbräu Potsdamer Platz [Registration Required]


Day Two | 16 October 2019

The collaborative and hands-on opportunities to shape the future of entrepreneurship in emerging economies will continue by engaging practitioners to further refine and align objectives, building on the prototyping sessions and conversations from day one.

09:00 - 10:00

Pitching: Solutions [Plenary]

Practitioners join together in day two to hear the pitches of prototyped solutions for new ways to promote entrepreneurship and support MSME development co-created during day one.

10:00 - 11:00

Refining: Solutions [Group Level]

The top-10 selected motivating and high potential solutions for entrepreneurship promotion and enterprise development are further refined as practitioners divide into smaller groups during a hands-on and collaborative solutions refinement session.

11:00 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 - 13:00

Input Speeches: Aligning Private Sector Entrepreneurship Promotion for Targeted Financial and Non-Financial Support [Plenary]

Different types of entrepreneurs and enterprises face different barriers and have different needs both in terms of their individual and organisational capacity development as well as their ability to access finance or markets. In this session, we will focus on how to address special needs of more vulnerable or harder to reach entrepreneurship segments such as women, refugees or necessity driven entrepreneurs and enterprises and how to help them overcome typical barriers.  

In doing so, we will look at ways to support entrepreneurship and enterprise development holistically: combining financing with non-financial support or facilitating linkages between the entrepreneurial community, the entrepreneur and established (value chain) businesses or with financial institutions and investors. We will also reflect to what extent and how technology can be used to increase outreach and effectiveness of entrepreneurship and MSME support for these specific entrepreneurship segments. 


  • Lionel Bodin, Europe Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships
  • Selin Öz, Entrepreneurship Banking Manager and Garantipartners Acceleration Co-Founder, Garanti BBVA Bank
  • Merten Sievers, Value Chain Development and Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Enterprise Department, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 - 14:30

Pitching: Recommendations [Plenary]

After having refined tangible solutions for the future entrepreneurship promotion and MSME development, practitioners reconvene to share pitches of recommendations prototyping sessions during day one and select the top recommendations for further refinement.

14:30 - 15:30

Refining: Recommendations [Group Level]

The top-10 selected recommendations for entrepreneurship promotion and enterprise development are further refined as practitioners divide into smaller groups during a hands-on and collaborative recommendations refinement session.

15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 - 17:00

Synthesis & Closing Remarks [Plenary]

Collect insights from practitioners and look to the future of entrepreneurship promotion and MSME development while moving Beyond the Known of current practices through lasting collaboration.


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