On October 27th, EHL hosted an inspiring panel discussion on the conditions to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. The prestigious panel comprised the Honorable Suzan LeVine, US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Eric LeVine, entrepreneur and founder/CEO of CellarTracker.com, as well as EHL faculty, namely Dr. Margarita Cruz, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and Dr. Carlos Martin-Rios, Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.
The event was inaugurated with an opening speech by EHL CEO, Michel Rochat, and Mr. Rémi Walbaum, Chief Innovation & Infrastructure Officer. In their address, they reminded the future leaders in the audience that “much of the education received at EHL will likely be done outside the classrooms”, and that if they wished to acquire the necessary skills to become successful entrepreneurs, trial and error was an absolute prerequisite.
After taking a moment to urge American guests to go to the polls on November 8th for the US presidential elections, Ambassador LeVine kicked off the discussion by describing the Swiss innovation culture with respect and admiration. Echoing Mr. Walbaum, she underpinned the notion of learning from one’s mistakes, and that what made Silicon Valley such a success was “the freedom to fail, and the freedom to fund failure and learn from it”.