ICSB Academy Cup

In-Person • Berlin, Germany • June 30- July 5, 2024

Entrepreneurship 2024

Getting started in a new world

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is delighted to invite you to our 9th annual ICSB Academy in Berlin, Germany. This intensive boot camp gathers students from around the world together for an experience designed to challenge, stimulate, and build entrepreneurial skills. Based on the philosophy that organizations, including businesses, exist to meet the needs of our communities and society, and grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Academy will emphasize the bottom line: Profit, People, and Planet.

Let's invent the future together.

  • Berlin embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of our mission. ICSB Academy participants can explore the Berlin Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with site visits and international networking events.


  • You will have the opportunity to meet with policymakers, entrepreneurs, and leading faculty to discover the challenges facing society and actively build a more humane future for business.
This year, all teams will be competing for the ICSB Academy Cup.

Academy participants form teams, are assigned a mentor, then prepare a business pitch to be evaluated by an independent judging panel on Friday, July 5th. The winning team receives a prestigious ICSB Cup and joins the ICSB Gala for a celebration.

Throughout the week, teams attend workshops, visit incredible partners, and work exclusively with a team mentor. This is a high-energy, competitive environment with great learning opportunities, enabling you to create friendships for a lifetime!

Academy Objectives

Academy Approach


Jeff Alves (Co-Chair)

Managing Editor, Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB)

Rita Grant (Co-Chair)

Director of the School of Accounting, Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

Ana Bradic

Senior Project Manager

Emmanuel Moges

Project Manager

Past ICSB Academies

2023 Academy hosted in Gwangju, Korea
2022 Academy hosted in Washington DC, USA
2021 Academy hosted in Paris, France
2019 Academy hosted in Cairo, Egypt