This is THE opportunity for YOU!!

What is ICSB 2018 Academy Program?

  • International Council for Small Business (ICSB), founded in 1955, is a global network to promote the development of knowledge in small business and entrepreneurship. It is represented in 85counties with 19 affiliates.
  • ICSB 2018 is the 63th Annual World Congress to be hosted by Taiwan-ROC with the theme to “Reshaping the World through Innovative SMEs”. World-famous speakers and panelists are invited to discuss the future of SMEs on Artificial Intelligence (AI), women in high growth entrepreneurship, and humane entrepreneurship.  
  • ICSB 2018 Academy Program is the immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp for student CEOs to learn and grow. The dynamic activities and workshops include learning modules designed to take participants through the fundamental concepts of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and creating a new venture.

Important Dates and Event information

1. Competition Date

★ Submission due date: May 31st, 2018 by 23:59 (GMT+8).

★ Public voting begins: June 1st, 2018 at 12pm.

★ Public voting ends: June 8th, 2018 at 12pm.

★ Announcement of Finalists via website and emails: June 12th, 2018.

ICSB 2018 Academy Program Event : June 23th to June 29th, 2018. 

2. Event Loation: Taipei New Horizon Building 台北文創大樓松山文創園區 (Traffic Information:

3. Website:

Why you should join?

  • The opportunity to meet tech and start-up gurus, like Mr. Audrey Tang (唐鳳) , to name a few.
  • The experience to simulate how to prepare and present in a global pitch, like Slush GIA, and meeting the VC from the world.
  • The first-hand knowledge in the future of SMEs, and the latest development and government policies in Sustainability, Green Energy, and Social Enterprise around the globe.
  • Above all, it is all happening right here in TAIWAN, in our own backyard!! It is the best time to showcase our hospitality and creativity as the world is watching!


What to expect in this event?

  • A 3-day full immersion entrepreneurship bootcamp by the global faculty, plus a 3-day participation to the ICSB conference.
  • The connection to the innovative community and the learning experience with other like-minded students CEOs from other counties.
  • The real-world knowledge and professional skill to pull a successful pitch with the guidance by top-notch trainers.
  • The visibility and possibility to get the financial support for your innovation and jump start your career!
  • You may pay USD $500 for this program through the online registration website. Or attend this event free of charge* if you are nominated by this competition!


Am I qualified for this competition?

You are qualified as long as you are:

  • A Taiwanese citizen,
  • Currently enrolled in an accreditation university or college in Taiwan, including both undergrad and graduate program.


How to submit for this competition?

You need to prepare the following material:

  • A self-promoting video in English with no more than 2 minutes in length.
    • NOTE: It is suggested for you to answer the following questions in the video:
      1. Who are you? (Full name, nick name, school and major, etc.)
      2. Why do you want to attend this event? What motivates you? What is your goal for attending?
      3. Why should you be selected and nominated? Anything special about you.
  • Any recommendation from advisors or instructors who has guided you and deeply involved in one of your innovative ventures.
  • Award or certificate in winning competition related to creativity, innovation, start-up, and entrepreneurship.

※Once you finish the preparation work, please follow the steps as indicated here:

  1. Fill out the form (  )
  2. Upload your video.
  3. Attach the recommendation letter, proof of award or certification for reference, limited to 5 attachment (optional).

What is the review process?

The review process has two stages.

Stage 1: Screen and validate submission: In this stage, all submission is screen for incomplete or missing information with a due diligence to validate the provided information for eligibility.

Stage 2: Vote by panel judges and the public: In this stage, your video will be uploaded for the public to watch and vote. At the same time, a panel of experts will also review and give their vote. After combining the popular and the expert votes, the list of top 50 students will get our nomination to attend this program FREE !