Keynote speakers

Taru Pilvi

Innovation Director, Tampere University

Taru Pilvi is an expert at renewal with a strong entrepreneurial background combining the best from both startup and academic world. Taru also has a long experience in senior role at dairy and food company Valio where she was in charge of the renewal of the company´s innovation portfolio, and applying her specialty to create micro environments of inspiration and hungry for renewal, and combining that environment to strong, result-oriented business. Taru’s passion is to increase excitement and courage in individuals through simple yet inventive procedures. Personal passion for renewal has guided Taru to start her own business where she helps startups develop and maintain their ability to renew themselves.

Paul Jones

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, School of Management at Swansea University, UK

Professor Jones has worked in further and higher education for over 27 years at Carmarthenshire College, Glamorgan University (now University of South Wales), Plymouth University, Coventry University before joining Swansea University in 2018. Professor Jones is an active researcher on entrepreneurship and small business management. He has published many edited books, academic journals, book chapters and conference papers. He has published his work in leading international journals such as Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, International Small Business Journal, Omega and the Journal of Business Research. Professor Jones is currently Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Education. He is Series Editor of Emerald Book Series Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research. He sits on the board of trustees for the Institute of Higher Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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