(MENAFN - Arab News) The Global Intrapreneurship Forum (GIFORUM) 2012 is set to take place in Bahrain on May 27-28. This will be the first global conference of its kind dedicated to supporting the growth and development of intrapreneurship within corporations and SMEs, and for corporate entrepreneurs from the MENA region and their counterparts around the world.
The forum will focus on building further awareness of the concept of intrapreneurship. In essence, intrapreneurs are those individuals within large corporations or SMEs who have a deep knowledge and insights of business gaps and opportunities in their market and industries but who lack the business skills, acumen and network to effectively transform new ideas into viable commercial ventures for their companies or themselves. GIFORUM 2012 also aims to draw attention to the importance of intrapreneurship and the role it plays in driving economic growth and diversification both within companies and economies overall.
The forum is expected to attract more than 500 regional and international practitioners of intrapreneurship and participants to address the following challenges: How to channel intrapreneurial energy into our economies, how to develop the market-place for intrapreneurship, how to network with the emerging providers of intrapreneurship related services, how to network with investors, how to plan for early retirement and How to shift from an intrapreneur to a successful businessmen and business women, among other topics.
Among the confirmed keynote speakers to date is Gifford Pinchot, a leading exponent of intrapreneurship known as the "godfather of intrapreneurship." Pinchot is responsible for coining the words "intrapreneur", "intrapreneuring" and "intrapreneurship." He is also a member of The Firm's International Advisory Board and a leading author, speaker and consultant on launching businesses and innovation management, having helped to launch over 700 businesses, several of which are each doing over a billion dollars in sales.
Abdullah Al-Subyani, founder and CEO of The Firm, said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of the Global Intrapreneurship Forum 2012 in Bahrain. The concept of intrapreneurship is an important one in corporate growth and local economic development, and this forum aims to become the leading annual event dedicated to bringing together the world's leading exponents of intrapreneurship, aspiring intrapreneurs and those investors, individual and institutional, that are interested in finding and supporting new and exciting ideas and innovations."