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Carl H. Lindner College of Business Professor Delivers Opening Keynote at Inaugural World Entrepreneurship Forum in Hangzhou, China

Monday, December 19, 2016 6:29 PM
UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research director speaks in China on global entrepreneurship and the role of innovation.
Matthews with ICSB-China deputy general

Charles H. Matthews, executive director of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship, reviews his presentation with HE Yu, deputy secretary general of ICSB-China, who also served as his interpreter.

On October 24, 2011, at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, Charles H. Matthews, professor and executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research at the University of Cincinnati, delivered the opening keynote address of the First World Zhejiang Entrepreneurs Conference Forum on Global Entrepreneurship, Transition, and Advancement. The title of Matthews’ address was “Global Entrepreneurship: The Role of Innovation Transformation.” 

 “I was quite honored to be asked to address the 500 plus delegates attending the conference,” comments Matthews. “In the 24-plus years I have been traveling, lecturing and conducting research in China, I have witnessed tremendous change and this gathering represents one more important step advancing entrepreneurship in China.”

Zheziang University, widely considered one of the top universities in China, partnered with ICSB-China, the newest affiliate of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to organize and deliver the conference. The ICSB has 13 affiliates representing over 70 countries and 2,000 members worldwide. Its mission is to advance small business and entrepreneurship around the world.

Faculty and students from China’s leading universities, government officials, business owners, policy makers and delegates from a number of countries participated in the sessions. Zoltan Arvay, PhD, former president of the Hungarian Small Business Association, learned about the conference while attending the ICSB-George Washington University Global Research Conference in Washington, D.C. and decided to travel to Hangzhou to learn more about China’s changing economic landscape.


Matthews also addressed the October 28, 2011 meeting of the Korean Association for Small Business (KASBS) in Chengju, South Korea on the theme of “Korean Business Ecosystem, Crisis and Agenda for the Next 10 Years of Mutual Growth.” Matthews’ talk was titled “Innovation Transformation and Entrepreneurship:  The Role of Academic and Community Partnerships.”