Program Duration: 3 Days
Successful entrepreneurship and startups take more than an innovative idea—it also requires the right mindset, skillset, risk-taking, and leadership. Whether developing new business, launching new ventures, or building an entrepreneurial culture within a larger organization, this program prepares leaders to create new strategies for transforming disruptive innovation into a competitive advantage and profitable business. It covers the entire venture creation process, from generating ideas to building viable global businesses.

This three-day program has been designed for entrepreneurs to foster a culture of disruptive innovation, teamwork, creativity, risk-taking, and business transformation. It also explores new ways of motivating, persuading, leading, and transforming organizations and people.
Key Topics
  • Foundation and key principles of entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Relationship between entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and leader
  • Creating a great business plan
  • Searching for the next big thing
  • Six myths about venture capitalists
  • Growing a startup without outside investors
  • The founder’s dilemma
  • Understand key ingredients of how to become a credible, transformational and global leader
  • Leading as an entrepreneur in a multicultural environment successfully
  • Vision, influence, negotiation, motivation, and persuasion
  • Entrepreneurship and leadership through emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Developing an action plan for your personal development as an entrepreneur and transformational leader
  • Succession planning through the creation of a leadership pipeline
Key Benefits and Expected Outcomes
  • Fostering a culture of innovation, idea generation, creativity, risk assessment, and teamwork
  • Explore ways how to create a great business plan for the business and investors
  • Learn about the practical challenges faced by entrepreneurs and how to overcome them
  • Understand how to lead a startup, large organization, or a team with an entrepreneurial zeal
  • Inculcate a culture of teamwork, entrepreneurship, and disruptive innovation across an organization
  • Enhance your leadership skills, such as motivating employees, communicating a vision, persuading and influencing others, managing difficult conversations, team-building and implementing change
  • Increase motivation and commitment of people working in an organization
  • Explore ways on how to continually develop yourself as an entrepreneur and inspiring leader in a constantly changing global world
  • Network with CEOs, CFOs, CXOs, leaders, executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and faculty from the world’s top business schools and universities
Key Benefits to Your Organization
  • Enhance entrepreneurial culture, innovation, employee decision-making, leadership, performance, productivity, and employee retention, which will lead to new ideas, competitive advantage, strategic growth, and improved quality and performance for organizations.
  • Research studies have shown that human capital is the hardest element to replicate or imitate. Therefore, organizations that invest in employee learning and development create a sustainable and long-term competitive advantage that enhances creativity, teamwork, efficiency, disruptive innovation, and growth.
Dr. Merwyn Strate
Dr. Merwyn Strate is an experienced leader in Higher Education. He was instrumental in building a multi-campus global business school while working with Hult International Business School. This includes building campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Shanghai and Dubai. Well versed in accreditation required in the USA as well as the UK, China and the United Arab Emirates.
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Dr. Nelson Phillips
Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of External Relations at Imperial College Business School in London. Prior to joining Imperial, Professor Phillips was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School from 2002 to 2005 and was an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002.
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Dr. Rizwan Amin Sheikh
An experienced and internationally recognized faculty and management consultant of leadership, strategy, change management, learning and development, human resource management, and entrepreneurship. He has been acknowledged globally as an innovative and dynamic leader, organizational development executive, management consultant, strategic thinker, executive trainer, thought leader, and entrepreneur with a proven track record of driving and meeting strategic targets.
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Target Audience for Program
  • Entrepreneurs, Startup Owners, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CXOs, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors, General Managers, Chief of Staff, Board Members, Owners, and Senior Executives
  • Anybody who is interested in learning about how to become a successful entrepreneur and leader
Teaching Methodology
  • Group discussions
  • Interactive Classroom Sessions
  • Real-life case studies from Harvard Business School
  • Role-play exercises
  • Video-conferencing with faculty from the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, RMIT (Australia), and others
  • Harvard Business School and/or INSEAD Business School Simulation

The International School of Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE USA) has been established with a vision to impart high-quality executive education to the corporate and public sector. ISBE USA focuses on executive training programs, including leadership, team-building during a crisis, project management, negotiation, and other management courses. Our faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees from the world’s top universities and business schools, including Harvard, MIT, Oxford, University of Cambridge, and others. Learning and development is one of the core competencies of ISBE USA. We offer executive training and leadership development programs to equip the corporate and public sector employees for the new normal in a post Covid-19 environment. Our training and development activities and pedagogy include interactive discussions, team exercises, simulations and real-life case studies from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and other top universities. ISBE USA offers executive training courses in a virtual live (via Zoom), on-site, hybrid, and blended learning model. We offer executive education programs in major cities around the world, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, New York, London, Paris, and Dubai.