G20 YEA Congratulates Daniel Isenberg for Receiving the Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic

October 15, 2012

RIMINI, ITALY – October 15, 2011 – Today the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) – the global collective of entrepreneurially minded organizations behind the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit – congratulated Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice Daniel Isenberg of Babson Global, for being awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic from the Pio Manzù Centre.

The Pio Manzù Centre, is a nongovernmental global and economic research institute based in Italy. The Pio Manzù International Scientific Committee awarded Professor Isenberg the gold medal of the President of the Italian Republic for his “pioneering work and innovative approach to foster economic development and growth”.

“We are glad that this award has been assigned to such a brilliant person and friend, who represents a point of reference for all entrepreneurs willing to run a business in an innovative and modern way,” said Jacopo Morelli, President of Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs, the association representing Italy at G20 YEA. “Some of Isenberg’s unique insights will be tackled during the next Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs’ National Meeting. It will be focused on the integration of the European production system and held in conjunction with the G20 YEA Leadership Assembly, which we are honored to host.”

Here in Canada, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), founding member of the G20 YEA and the founder of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (YES), joins the Alliance in congratulating Professor Isenburg for receiving the prestigious Medal.

The Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic is an award given at the annual conference of the Pio Manzù Centre. The chairman of award committee is former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Previous awardees include Henry Kissinger and Lady Diana.

The medal was officially presented during the plenary session of the 2012 Pio Manzù Conference, the 43rd edition of the International Conference, in the presence of a distinguished international audience and broadcast live on Italian television. Professor Isenberg participated in the three-day conference including a workshop on the opening day entitled “The backbone of the nation: the scenarios and destiny of Italian small and medium-sized businesses”.

Professor Isenberg is the executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP) which he established in 2010 to create action-projects in cities around the world to rapidly foster high growth entrepreneurship ecosystems, such as the Manizales-Mas project in Colombia. He is widely published, including several articles in the Harvard Business Review, and is a highly sought after speaker and consultant on global entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy. His book, “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value,” will be published by Harvard Business Press in 2013.

“I am extremely humbled by the Pio Manzu’s recognition of BEEP’s work around the world to foster high growth entrepreneurship,” commented Professor Isenberg, “and I have had the honor of discussing this work with the G20 YEA at its annual G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summits in Nice and Mexico City. I look to the G20 YEA to continue its leadership in promoting entrepreneurship policies in the G20 countries and beyond.”


About the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA)

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance is a collective of leading entrepreneurially-minded organizations representing the G20 countries who seek to promote youth entrepreneurship as a powerful driver of economic renewal, job creation, innovation and social change. The Alliance was founded as a movement to engage the G20 leaders in the cause of youth entrepreneurship, share information across borders, affect positive policy change and create a global network of young entrepreneur advocates while building a collaborative entrepreneurial environment worldwide. Learn more at www.g20yea.com.

About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national organization, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business. CYBF is the founder of G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) and a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA).

About the Pio Manzù International Research Centre

The Pio Manzù International Research Centre is a nongovernmental organisation in general consultative status with the United Nations. It has been operating since 1969 as an institute for the in-depth study of the main economic and scientific aspects of the relationship between man and his environment. The Centre’s primary objective is to design and conduct global investigations into specific issues, drawing upon a broad range of expertise which it seeks to make available to those in the public, private and non-profit sectors whose task it is to devise prompt, effective action strategies. Learn more at www.piomanzu.org.

About the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP)

The Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP) is part of Babson Global, the global action research subsidiary of Babson College, the world leader in entrepreneurship education. BEEP creates projects around the world to foster substantially greater levels of entrepreneurship in specific regions. For more information contact Professor Daniel Isenberg at revolution@babson.edu. Learn more at www.entrepreneurial-revolution.com and www.facebook.com/entrepreneurial.revolution.

About the Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Movement

The Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Movement was formed within the framework of Confindustria as a group of individuals of 18 to 40 years of age. Its aim is to strengthen awareness of the entrepreneur’s role and to set it apart from conventional organizations set up as business associations. The group seeks to play the role of “critical conscience” within the Confindustria System, and as “innovation laboratories” with respect to civil society. It organized the first G8 Young Entrepreneurs Summit held in Stresa (Italy 2009) and is a founding member of G20 YEA. Learn more at www.giovanimprenditori.org/.

For more information please contact:

Lesley Wilmot

Director, Marketing and Communications, CYBF

(416) 408-2923 x 2203