President Joel S. Bloom, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Cesar Bandera and MBA student Miriam Helmy represented NJIT at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Summit on Micro-, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) held at the United Nations May 11 to celebrate United Nations General Assembly proclamation A/71/L.60 making June 27 Global MSME Day.

At the summit, which included SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and presidents from universities with strong entrepreneurship programs, the ICSB recognized NJIT’s commitment to economic development and its success in entrepreneurship education to students and regional companies. At the request of New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks and ICSB Executive Director Ayman El Tarabishy, Bloom outlined NJIT’s strategic resources for MSMEs including the Enterprise Development Center and the New Jersey Innovation Institute, and was a signatory to the event’s proclamation (see http://bit.ly/2qMe0lI).

Also at the summit, the U.N. and ICSB announced the activities of the inaugural U.N. Global MSME Day to be held June 27 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A central activity is the ICSB Academy – an entrepreneurship boot camp directed by Bandera and Helmy that brings together over 100 university students and dozens of educators and successful entrepreneurs from around the world (http://www.icsbacademy.com/2017-cohort/). In keeping with the theme of U.N. Global SMSE Day, Bandera and Helmy will guide students to form startups that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/).