Greetings

Dear Friends, 
 
Welcome to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference (GEIC) hosted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. This conference is the product of a joint initiative between The China-Israel Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Jilin University's School of Economics and Ben-Gurion University's Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management.
 
The theme of this year's conference is “Entrepreneurship and Innovation, China-Israel – Challenges and Opportunities" and it marks the newly established partnership between BGU and Jilin University in China. The purpose of the conference is not solely to raise issues relating to the subject of Entrepreneurship, but to also create a platform for open dialogues between participants and to encourage the exchange of ideas. Indeed, we have high hopes for fruitful, diverse deliberations which will lead to future academic and business collaborations between Israel and China. 
 
We are delighted to be hosting a delegation of academicians, businessmen and government officials from both countries and look forward to this opportunity to bring the nations closer together. 
 
Sincerely, 

Prof. Rivka Carmi, M.D.
President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 


The Third Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference (GEIC) will mark the beginning of the cooperation between BGU and Jilin University in China.

We are honored to host the GEIC at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the first to take place outside of China.

The theme of this year’s conference will be “Entrepreneurship and Innovation, China-Israel – Challenges and Opportunities”; the goal of this conference is to mark the beginning of cooperation between the two universities in the fields of research, teaching as well as other joint projects. It is our hope that this connection will serve as a catalyst for connections between government officials and businesses from both China and Israel. 

Connections between the two universities developed through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation centers at both universities: The China-Israel Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Jilin University and the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. This conference reflects BGU’s commitment to economic development in general and of the Negev in particular.
 
We hope that this event will lead to a vast array of academic cooperation including joint international programs, academic research, students and lecturer exchange etc.

Prof. Dafna Schwartz                                              Prof. Zheng Li
Conference Co-Chair                                              Conference Co-Chair
Department of Business Administration              Vice Dean, School of Economics, Jilin University
Chairperson & Director of Bengis Center            Founding Director, China-Israel Center 
for Entrepreneurship & Innovation                       for Entrepreneurship and Innovation          
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
                     at Jilin University