Entrepreneurship Week 2020


Connecting industry experts and university students

The world is now at a critical juncture, combating the real challenge of COVID-19 and the grim outlook of global warming caused by greenhouse gas emission. Established in Shanghai in 2005, the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI) has been actively working to promote Technology Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development (TESD) with public and private sector partners in China and overseas through its Centre For Entrepreneurship (CFE). The JI CFE successfully launched in collaboration with ten country partners the Entrepreneurship Week (EW2018) in Shanghai, followed by even bigger EW2019 in Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. In view of the COVID-19 situation, EW2020 will be the first virtual Entrepreneurship Week sponsored by IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) from October 23-24. EW2020 sessions will involve panels by experts from all over the world and real case studies on technology entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainable development.

Registration is free but there are limited seats available:


    Link to online participation will be sent to you by email after registration.

Please contact JI-CFE for inquiry:


DAY 1 (October 23) - Technology Entrepreneurship

  • 6:30 - 6:40PM Welcome Address: Prof. Peisen Huang, Dean, University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (JI)
  • 6:40 - 7:00PM Keynote Address: Andy Chen, President, IEEE TEMS
  • 7:00 - 7:20PM Inauguration of IEEE TEMS Student Branch in JI: Ravi Annaswamy, VP, IEEE TEMS
  • 7:20 - 7:35PM Winners for JI COVID-19 Challenge Student Group Competition on Entrepreneurship Opportunities in COVID-19
  • 7:35 - 7:45PM Address: Dr. Zhigang Zhang, CEO, neoBay Venture Capital, China
  • 7:45 - 8:30PM Panel Discussion I: Evolving Business Model Canvas and its suitability for Entrepreneurship in Asia
    • Panelist: Dr. Shahriar Akter, Associate Professor, Wollongong Business School, Australia
    • Panelist: Mr. Rupayan Chowdhury, CEO, Synesis IT, Bangladesh
    • Panelist: Dr. Sudeendra Koushik, Chief Innovator & CoFounder PRASU and VP Conferences, IEEE TEMS
    • Panelist: Dr. Faiz Shah, Director, Yunus Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
    • Moderators: Prof. Pradeep Ray, Director, JI-CFE, China and Mr. Jerry Zhu, CEO, SimpliCity, China

Day 2 (October 24th) – Sustainable Development

  • 6:30 - 6:40PM Opening Remarks: Ravikiran Annaswamy, VP, IEEE TEMS
  • 6:40 - 7:40PM Panel Discussion II: mHealth for Belt and Road region-mHBR
    • Panelist: Prof. Artur Serrano, NTNU, Norway
    • Panelist: Dr. Yasuhiro Soshino, Redcross Kumamoto Hospital, Japan
    • Panelist: Dr. Raghava Rao Mukkamala, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    • Panelist: Dr. Rakibul Hoque, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
    • Panelist: Dr. Ashir Ahmed, Kyushu University, Japan
    • Moderator: Prof. Pradeep Ray, Director, JI-CFE, China
  • 7:40 - 8:30PM Panel discussion III: Social Entrepreneurship and Green Technologies
    • Panelist: Dr. Anson Wong, Chief Executive, The DO School Asia Ltd., Hong Kong SAR
    • Panelist: Dr. Faiz Shah, Director, Yunus Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
    • Panelist: Dr. Sardar Masud Karim, Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Center (LCLCRC), UNSW, Australia
    • Moderator: Dr. Kwee-Yan Teh, Assoc. Teaching Professor, UM-SJTU Joint Institute, China