Call for Participants: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Conference

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24th – 25th May, 2016

The Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, and Loughborough University London (LU London) are hosting a conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation to which it invites scholars as presenters and/or participants.

This conference represents a great opportunity to showcase research, receive useful feedback, enter into discussions with fellow scholars, form collaborations, and generally meet like-minded colleagues in a friendly and supportive environment.

Keynote: Professor Mike Wright, Imperial College Business School

LU London is based inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a bustling and easy-to-get-to location. Our School is a smart modern facility with a lovely Harvard-style lecture theatre which we shall use for the conference. The Olympic Park should be awash with flowers in May – worth visiting in its own right.

The conference theme is entrepreneurship and innovation – contributions tightly or more loosely connected to the theme are invited. These can be PhD findings, works-in-progress, or (almost) final versions of articles ready for submission to top journals.

The conference starts at 10.30 on Tuesday 24th May and ends at 3.30pm on Wednesday 25th May. You can present your research in a 30 minute session (15 minutes should be allowed for discussion) or bring a poster. Some fringe events are also being planned for entrepreneurs and small business owners, schedule TBA.


The conference is FREE with tea/coffee and lunch provided on both days. You will have to pay for your own travel.

Registration and Submissions:

• To register attendance, please email Amy ( by 30th April 2016

• To submit a presentation, please send a short abstract of your presentation by 30th April 2016 to Louise (

• You can also bring a poster that will be displayed at the venue. (Either A1 or A2 in size)


Louise Scholes – (For all academic enquiries)
Amy Cripps-Mahajan –, 020 3805 1335 (For all non-academic enquiries)
Loughborough University London, 3 Lesney Avenue, The Broadcast Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E15 2GZ

Women Entrepreneurship Conference Bangkok – Call for Papers

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Abstract Submission Deadline 4th May [UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 20th MAY]

This British Council supported conference invites papers that explore female entrepreneurship. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM, Thailand does not only have the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurship, but it is also one of the only countries in the world where both nascent and established female business owners outnumber their male counterparts.

The conference invites participants from both UK and Thai institutions to advance understanding of female entrepreneurship in Thailand, the UK and other cultural settings. Emphasis is placed on analysing the strengths, challenges and business models of female entrepreneurs as well as strategies to promote and support women entrepreneurship. 

The three-day conference is intended for early-career researchers in UK and Thai academic institutions (Post-Docs and within the first 10 years of their career), although applications from advanced researchers as well as PhD candidates who are in their final year are also considered. The conference will provide participants with workshop-style feedback on their papers, offer career guidance by senior researchers in the field and facilitate the building of UK-Thai research collaborations. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply their insights and skills during a practitioner day at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo Co., where they will get the chance to meet the successful and famous Thai female entrepreneur Patcharapimol Youngprapakorn.

Feedback will be given by fellow students and three internationally reputed researchers:

  • Prof. Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School, London
  • Prof. Susan Marlow, Professor in Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University 
  • Dr. Koson Sapprasert, Director of Research at BUSEM and GEM Thailand, Bangkok University

We welcome empirical and conceptual abstracts from early-career researchers (Post-Docs). Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Women entrepreneurship 
  • Cross-cultural studies in entrepreneurship (with a particular focus on comparisons between the UK and East-Asia)
  • Female entrepreneurship and innovation 
  • Business models and strategies, what we can learn from female entrepreneurs 
  • Policies and practices for women entrepreneurship 
  • Gender, identity and leadership 
  • Big data: Evidence on women entrepreneurship from GEM and GEDI 

Please click here for full details. Please do share this link with those in your own networks who you feel should be attending.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Hosts 1st International Conference

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‘Shifting Gears’ is an international conference to be hosted by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) in Glasgow on 12 and 13 May, 2015. It will be the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to build on the global leading Women’s Enterprise Framework already established here.

Join the conversation… #WESMovingOn

WES-Logo-colourThe conference will explore the growth trend in female self-employment and small/medium business formation, particularly in non-traditional and innovative sectors. Identifying and examining the strategies and resources needed to support sustainable growth and unlock the significant potential of women’s enterprise to contribute to the Scottish economy.

Aligned with the themed actions contained in the Scottish Framework and Action Plan for Women’s Enterprise, international best practice will be used to share the journey from research findings, to policy development, to policy initiatives delivered in practice and their ultimate impact on women-owned businesses across the globe.

A range of first-class global speakers will challenge perceptions, provoke fresh thinking and highlight examples of best practice from around the world. Those insights will examine why female self-employment and business formation are a critical driver for economic growth; review the benefits for wellbeing, communities and families and the potential to reduce the burden on the public purse.