Frontier entrepreneurship – from Pyongyang to Beirut
Take a break from the hectic week by hearing behind-the-scenes views about the realities in North Korea and in Lebanon. The talk covers a foreigner’s daily life in Pyongyang and doing startup events such as Pyongyang Startup Week. The presentation will further shed light on the local economy and people’s mindset in the country. The second part of focuses presentation of the North Korea work´s spinoff, the WTSUP Beirut initiative that aims to support female-driven tech ventures in Lebanon. The talk is concluded how science diplomacy and educational engagement, blended with local cultural settings in these tough environments, could be supportive ways to ease the tensions both in the Korean peninsula and the Middle-East.
//About the speaker//
Dr. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä is a Fellow of Royal Society (UK), a Fellow of British Academy and a Fellow of Academy of Finland who works in Aalto University School of Business (Finland) and in Stanford University as a visiting scholar. Between 2012 and 2017, he taught the first international business, international management, entrepreneurship, and leadership courses in North Korea. In Finland, Jukka-Pekka is engaged with The Shortcut initiative that aims to integrate immigrants into Finnish society via community-driven tech entrepreneurship education.