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Silicon Valley and Stockholm, also known as the Silicon Forest, lead the world in the number of unicorns per capita. One reason for this success is that entrepreneurs in each region are embedded within vibrant ecosystems that enable them to not only access but also to combine resources such as funding, technology, design, and market knowledge. Entrepreneurs also leverage these ecosystems to better enable them to manage uncertainty in an increasingly fast-paced world.

In this event at THINGS (http://www.thingstockholm.com/), Professor Robin Teigland of the Stockholm School of Economics will present some results from her team’s study of the Stockholm Unicorn phenomenon that was published in June 2016, funded by the Internet Infrastructure Foundation. Additionally, a team of experienced managers attending the SSE MBA Executive Format will present the results of their recent field trip to Silicon Valley in which they compare Silicon Valley with Silicon Forest, based on the World Economic Forum report: What Makes a Successful Ecosystem?

Questions explored include the following: 

  • How do entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley leverage their ecosystem to access resources and manage uncertainty? 
  • How does Stockholm compare to Silicon Valley? 
  • What can we learn from Silicon Valley and how can Stockholm improve? 

The Chasing the Tale of the Unicorn study of the Stockholm ecosystem can be found here: 

Executive Summary
Full Report

The event is open and registration is required either here or by email to Innovative.Internet@hhs.se.

14:45 - Doors open 
15:00 – Presentations 
16:30 – Q&A 
17:00 – End

Robin Teigland and Mattia Bianchi
Course Co-directors
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Concentration
SSE MBA Executive Format
Stockholm School of Economics
Stockholm, Sweden


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