To honour Jean-Baptiste Say, one of the founders of ESCP and the person who coined the term 'entrepreneur', we are delighted to celebrate the 15th edition of the Jean-Baptiste Say Entrepreneurship Festival.

The theme for this year's Festival is 'Entrepreneurship for All'.

Hosted by Prof. Stela Ivanova, the vision of the event is to unite students, alumni, entrepreneurs, investors and potential customers to exchange ideas and learn from each other. This event is run as part of ESCP's top-ranked Master in Management programme, currently placed 4th worldwide by the Financial Times. Five of our six European campuses are running local Entrepreneurship Festivals throughout November, just another example of ESCP's pan-European spirit.

This event is supported by the ESCP Blue Factory, the JBS Institute and the Alumni Association. The Blue Factory is our European incubator that supports founders - students and graduates - from ideation to their company's international development. The 2023 Winter Entrepreneurship Festival will represent the ongoing effort of the London community of this great project.

The Jean-Baptiste Say Institute for Entrepreneurship relies on a unique European network, which was developed in 2007 by the Entrepreneurship Chair of ESCP Business School. Today, this institute has more than 50 researchers and teachers. Its main activities are teaching, supporting start-ups with Blue Factory, a European incubator, and entrepreneurship research.

This event is open to all. Registration mandatory. Book your place here!

Schedule (all times GMT)

  • 2pm - 3.30pm: Student Entrepreneurship Fair
    Students will showcase their ventures at a simulation trade fair. Customers, investors and other guests will be able to discuss projects one-to-one, and the first prototypes (MVP) of each business will be tested.
  • 4pm - 5.30pm: Pitch competition
    All 9 ventures will present their pitches to a panel of entrepreneurs and executives
  • 5.30pm - 6pm: Keynote speech
    Tarek Anwar - CEO, FinVelo Ltd
  • 6pm: Awards for the Winners
    Followed by Networking Drinks

About our Keynote Speaker
Tarek spent several decades with two major global banks. Across the world, he has had multiple regional and global roles with a common thread of transformation and growth. His ecosystem of partners, stakeholders and clients have been financial institutions, governments, multi-lateral agencies, large private sector corporates (both publicly listed and privately held) and family-owned multi-generation businesses. He then left the industry and set up purpose driven FinVelo Ltd in London.

Advisor, mentor, coach: Tarek was trained by and worked with The Asian Leadership Institute. Tarek enjoys coaching CEOs and Managing Directors of International firms that have an impact on thousands of families. At the same time, Tarek became a Trustee at Astriid, an amazing, young, UK registered Charity that bridges the gap between businesses and talented professionals who have long-term health conditions.

He was also an advisor, mentor, NED and investor in a Tech start-up in the UK, while he mentored several founders of tech start-ups in the UK for over five years. In addition, for a short period of time he mentored Emerging Leaders with Ivy House. Tarek was at NED for 5 years on the Group board of a privately held, multi geography, multi-industry group with a 200 year history, before being invited to be Group CEO.

The London Campus Entrepreneurship Festival is part of a month of events taking place across the whole of ESCP. Full programme

If you have any questions, please contact


Organiser: ESCP London Campus

ESCP London Campus - London, UK



Start date: 29/11/2023

Start time: 2:00 PM

End time: 8:00 PM