William Bygrave, entrepreneurship professor emeritus, will address the Japanese Academy of Small Business Studies on September 25 in Tokyo.

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William D. Bygrave, entrepreneurship professor emeritus at Babson College, will give a keynote address entitled: “Entrepreneurship Education,” to the Japanese Academy of Small Business Studies (JASBS) on September 25 in Tokyo. Bygrave was director of The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College from 1993 to 1999. He spent the 1992-1993 academic year at INSEAD where he introduced an MBA course in Entrepreneurial Finance and led a pan-European team from eight nations that studied entrepreneurs' attitudes toward realizing value and harvesting their companies. An outcome of that research was the initiative that led to the founding of EASDAQ (the European equivalent of NASDAQ). In 1997, he and Michael Hay at the London Business School started the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), which examines the entrepreneurial competitiveness of nations. GEM now comprises more than 60 nations and 90 percent of the global GDP.

Bygrave has founded a venture-capital-backed high-tech company, managed a division of a NYSE-listed high-tech company, co-founded a pharmaceutical database company, and was a member of the investment committee of a venture capital firm. He was the 1997 winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the supporter category for New England, and one of three finalists nationwide.

He has written more than 50 papers on venture capital, entrepreneurship, nuclear physics, hospital pharmaceuticals, and philosophy of science, among others. He is co-editor of Entrepreneurship (second edition upcoming in 2010); The Venture Capital Handbook (1999); The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship (fourth edition, 2010); The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship Case Studies (second edition, 1997); co-editor of Realizing Enterprise Value (1993); co-editor of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research; and was an editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has served on the review boards of the three leading entrepreneurship journals. Translations of his books have been published in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit

By Nancy Sullivan,, 781-239-4623 | 09/22/2010 06:00