European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Thu, 16 May 2019 10:15:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RENT XXXIII Call for papers is open! Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:08:07 +0000

RENT 2019 will be organised in Berlin, Germany on November 27–29, 2019. The Conference Main Theme is:“Embracing uncertainty: entrepreneurship as a key capability for the 21st century”.  On Wednesday 27 November a number of pre-conference activities are organized.

Submit your extended abstract before May 15, 2019 via the RENT conference website:

To make the most out of your Berlin trip to RENT in November, please considering submitting also a paper or extended abstract to the Effectuation Conference (Nov 24-26), planned now as a pre-conference to this year’s RENT conference and also hosted by ESCP Europe. All information can be found at:  The deadline is also May 15.

See you in Berlin!

Applications for ECSB Event Fund open! Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:41:02 +0000

 Applications are now open for the ECSB Event Fund 2019. The fund will provide financial support for members to organize or host a seminar, workshop, colloquium, policy forum or other event that fits the mission of the ECSB broadly conceived.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to ECSB by February 28, 2019 via the online application form.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 15th, 2019.

Your application will be assessed by members of the ECSB board.

All funded activity will be publicized on the ECSB website and through our social media channels. You are also advised to publicize them through your channels. The ECSB logo and link to the ECSB website must be shown on all publicity.

Selection criteria

An ECSB supported event must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Consist of a minimum of three collaborating partners and led by an ECSB member. One lead institution must be clearly identified. This institution will be responsible for managing the funding.
  • Event’s organizers commit to co-brand ECSB.
  • Provide a report and blog post on completion of the proposed project/event.
  • All funding to be claimed during the ECSB 2019 financial year.

Organizers will be requested to co-brand ECSB where possible (e.g. by including ECSB logo on all events materials and web site and distributing to participants ECSB promotional materials prepared by ECSB, leaflets, brochures and complimentary copies of ECSB publications).

If the event requires a registration fee, whenever possible, to apply reductions for ECSB members or provide an opportunity for participants to become members of ECSB.


Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of €1,000. A total of five grant awards will be made in this call. Costs may include speaker costs, catering costs, printing of promotional materials, marketing, printing of resource packs, travel/subsistence costs for participants, costs associated with recording the event.

Funding cannot be used to purchase equipment or to buy out time from faculty employed at the hosting institution.

Application for the ECSB Event Fund

Send your application by 28 February 2019.

RENT XXXII Awards Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:30:39 +0000 Following RENT XXXII Awards were granted in Toledo, Spain last week. Congratulations for all the winners and nominees!

the J.M. Veciana Best Paper Award for a junior researcher 

Vivek Kumar Sundriyal for the paper “Good stock from the iron cage: mobility, entry size and returns to entrepreneurship in scientists & engineers”

Nominees: Florian Koehne, Vivek Kumar Sundriyal, Torgeir Aadland – Dag Håkon Haneberg


the ISBJ Best Paper Award challenging the conventional wisdom in Entrepreneurship

Ulla Hytti and Päivi Karhunen for the paper “It’s all about family! Male technology entrepreneurs constructing their identities between family and business”


the ECSB Best Doctoral Proposal Award for the best doctoral thesis proposal submitted to the RENT doctoral consortium

Anna Müller for the paper “Self-presentation and external media representation of female role model entrepreneurs as part of entrepreneurial identity”

Runner ups: Johannes Kleinhempel, Emma O’Brien, Gundula Glowka and Catherine Brentnall


the ECSB Post-Doctoral Paper Development Workshop Award for an early career researcher whose paper has passed all the rounds of review.
Inga Haase for the paper “Open Innovation – Challenges of implementing new forms of innovation in SMEs”


Professor Frank Janssen from Louvain School of Management was nominated the fifteenth ECSB Fellow


Best Reviewer Awards

Renata Osowska
Pekka Stenholm
John Kitching

ECSB Policy Forum – Entrepreneurial activities in the Circular Economy Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:44:58 +0000 No fee is charged for participation in this workshop. However, participation in the RENT Conference is compulsory.


15:00-16:20       Situation and Evolution of Circular Economy in Spain

  • Francisco Martínez Arroyo (Counsellor of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development Council of Castilla La Mancha)
  • Luis Jiménez, Association for Sustainability and Society Progress (ASYPS). Author of Cotec Report on Circular Economy 2017and Elena Pérez Lagüela, Projects Responsable de Proyectos en ASYPS
  • Álvaro Rodríguez, The Climate Project-Spain

16:20-16:40       Coffee Break

16:40-18:00       Eco-innovation management and Policy

  • María del Val Segarra Oña, Prof. Applied Economics, Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Irene Díez Ruíz, General Manager ECOALF Foundation
  • Mª Mercedes García- Muñoz Martínez, Gesreman, Gestión de Residuos Manchegos SL, Director of the Environment and R&D Projects Department
  • Begoña de Benito, Ecoembes

When and where?
On 14 November at 15:00-18:00 at San Pedro Martir,  San Clemente Street, S/N, 45002, Toledo

Apply by sending an e-mail message (with “ECSB Policy Forum” in the subject line) to Cristina Diaz ( by 7 November 2018 at the latest.

3E 2019 Call for Papers now open! Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:39:10 +0000 Conference theme: Entrepreneurial Bridging – between learning, value-creation, and…

Entrepreneurship education started out by being very close to traditional entrepreneurship focusing on building skills for, or understanding different aspects of venture creation. Today, both “entrepreneurship” and “education” in “entrepreneurship education” have been broadened. Entrepreneurship now comprise value-creation far beyond only the business domain and education through entrepreneurship can be a didactical/pedagogical tool in any subject, adding new dimensions to more problem- and project-based types of learning. Therefore, entrepreneurship education is truly multi-disciplinary where scholars rooted in entrepreneurship and scholars rooted in education/learning need to collaborate to push the boundaries further. Based on this, we especially welcome contributions that aims to bridge the two fields, and we especially welcome scholars rooted in education/learning. We also welcome other forms of entrepreneurial bridging, where two or more sub-fields are bridged to create new value for entrepreneurship education.

There are two calls, one for Research Papers and the other for Practitioner Development Workshops – PDWs. Each author can appear in maximum of 2 abstracts/proposals. Regardless of the submission, the focus on questions, challenges and problems should be central throughout. All submitted proposals will be double blind peer-reviewed and feedback provided on submissions.

The submission deadline is 1 December 2018!


3E 2019 Website Call for papers

RENT XXXII pre-conference events – few seats available! Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:54:54 +0000

ECSB Post-Doctoral Paper Development Workshop (PDPDW)

at RENT XXXII in Toledo (Spain) on 14 November 2018

The post-doctoral paper development workshop activity has two parts: a face-to-face event that takes place a day before the RENT conference and an on-line follow up. The event at the RENT conference starts with a roundtable discussion on the challenges in getting published, in building up your own research portfolio and in combining teaching and research. After that, you will break out in small groups and get your paper discussed by senior researchers and peers in the group. You also will meet other early career researchers with similar interests and can find out about possibilities for research collaborations. The on-line follow-up has some additional rounds of review (with peers and seniors) aimed at helping you to develop a working paper into a submission ready for referred, high quality journals.

Those papers presented at the 2018-2019 post-doctoral paper development workshop will be eligible for the POST-DOCTORAL PAPER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AWARD (6th edition). Those attending the workshop will also receive a grant related to a fee reduction in the RENT conference. No fee is charged for participation in this workshop. However, participation in the RENT Conference is compulsory.

So, give your career a boost and join us at PDPDW 2018!

When and where?
14 November 2018 at 13:30-16:20 at San Pedro Martir,  San Clemente Street, S/N, 45002, Toledo

The extended deadline for submission of the abstract, final paper, cover letter and CV is 7 October 2018.

The paper can be the paper that you have been approved for presentation at RENT conference but that you feel it is still in an early stage of development… but also another one that you have in your portfolio. To apply send the required documents to Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh ( .

Read more on PDPDW

ECSB Mid-Career Faculty Consortium

at RENT XXXII in Toledo (Spain) on 14 November 2018

Associate Professor? Wondering about the next steps in your career? At a crossroads in your career? Thinking about seeking an administrative post? or leading a research centre or taking on leadership roles in the academic community? Join us at the Mid-Career Faculty Consortium!

This Consortium features a panel of distinguished faculty and will provide a unique opportunity to network and discuss professional challenges, problems, and opportunities facing faculty advancing into their “Associate and early Full Professor years”.

No fee is charged for participation in this workshop. However, participation in the RENT Conference is compulsory.

When and where?
On 14 November at 16:30-18:00 at San Pedro Martir,  San Clemente Street, S/N, 45002, Toledo

Apply by sending an e-mail message (with “ECSB Mid-Career Consortium” in the subject line) to Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh ( by 7 October 2018 at the latest. Please make sure to include the following in your application: name, institution, rank (stage in career) and brief letter of interest.

Read more on Mid-Career Faculty Consortium


Special Issue Call for Papers: “Unsettling Entrepreneurship Education” Mon, 30 Jul 2018 07:59:51 +0000

Download the call as a PDF here.

First full article versions to be submitted by Feb 1st 2019.

Questions/additional information:
Please do not hesitate to contact the special issue editors in case you have any questions: Karin Berglund (; Ulla Hytti (; Karen Verduijn (; Marco van Gelderen (

Deadline extended: RENT XXXII Call for Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposals Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:58:22 +0000 The deadline has been extended until 15 July 2018!

Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) were included in the programme of the RENT pre-conference day for the first time at RENT XXIX in Zagreb 2015. The concept proved to be successful and PDWs are now part of the pre-conference day. PDWs are workshops to share knowledge and expertise and foster practical, professional and intellectual skills of participants. PDWs need to have a clear theme and target group as well as deliver a high level of learning and give the participants some clear ‘take-aways’. The format of a PDW should be dialogical and interactive, so no presentation of papers will be possible in these sessions. Quite apart from the professional development side, these PDWs should also promote networking among members who may not meet otherwise.

The PDW will have a set timeframe of 2 hours and will be scheduled as afternoon sessions on the pre-conference day on 14 November 2018. Participation in PDWs is free, but participants need to be registered for the conference in order to join. Proposers choose the session format, but PDWs have a maximum of 30 participants each.

Any topic will be considered, however, we have a limited opportunity due to facility restrictions. Therefore, the Scientific Committee will screen proposals and choose those we believe have the broadest appeal for delegates.

Deadline for proposal of PDWs: 15 July 2018
by e-mail to Mirela Xheneti (

Call for ECSB Career Mentoring Programme 2019 now open! Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:27:29 +0000 Deadline for applications: 1st November 2018.

In the ECSB Career Mentoring Programme, experienced researchers and professors will advise you with your personal career development for six months. Mentoring can assist you with assessing your experiences and achievements and considering your future options and choices. ECSB Career Mentoring is aimed at early and mid-career researchers. Mentoring will officially start on 1 January 2019 and run until 30 June 2019.

Read more and apply here.

Call for Book Chapters – Elgar Research Agendas: A Research Agenda for the Entrepreneurial University Mon, 21 May 2018 10:25:08 +0000

The ‘entrepreneurial university’ concept was introduced two decades ago (Etzkowitz, 1998; Clark, 1998) signaling universities strengthening their role and impact in society (Jarvis 2013; Siegel & Wright 2015). Research has been burgeoning on various interconnected topics (Fayolle & Redford, 2014) together with practical interest (Liu, 2017). Research has focused on what the entrepreneurial university is and what it does (Etzkowicz, 2013; 2014), and how to understand the different types of entrepreneurial universities (Foss and Gibson, 2015; Bronstein and Reihlen, 2014).

An important tenet has investigated commercialization, technology transfer and spin-off activity (Markman et al., 2008) but also universities’ support to venture creation and regional development. Research has focused university leaders (Leih and Teece, 2016), researchers (Etzkowitz, 2013; Philpott et al., 2011), students (Fayolle and Liñán, 2014) and/or administrators as actors in entrepreneurial universities. Additionally, education in entrepreneurial universities has been investigated (Gibb, 2007; Heinonen and Hytti, 2010). The tensions between entrepreneurial roles and research and teaching have been addressed (Philpott et al., 2011; Leih and Teece, 2016). Recently, questions about how entrepreneurial universities contribute to social change have extended the focus from ‘hard’ to also ‘soft sciences’ (Abreu and Grinevich, 2013; Wright and Phan, 2018). In the more critical tenet of research, the ideological underpinnings (e.g ‘new managerialism’ or ‘academic capitalism’) have been questioned, as well as the notion of ‘impact’ (for whom and how) (Deem, 2001; Mautner, 2005; Taylor, 2014).

Technological changes (e.g. digitalization) contribute to disrupting our societies, industries, businesses, governments, jobs, education and – to put it shortly – the way we live and experience our lives (e.g. Kile, 2013). Consequently, we may expect transformations in the entrepreneurial university and its landscape, calling for new research. A Research Agenda for the Entrepreneurial University will explore further these subjects in provocative, innovative and forward-looking ways. The Research Agenda focuses on conceptual contributions that revisit old and established discussions to elaborate new
directions or aim at identifying new phenomena to be studied in this area.

This book aims at revisiting and reinventing the research streams in Entrepreneurial University literature. This call for contributions is launched with the ambition to invite both mainstream scholars and more critically oriented scholars to develop contributions for the book. Currently in this domain (as in other entrepreneurship or management subjects) the mainstream research debates and critical research discussions are mostly ongoing in isolation from each other. Developing a closer link between the different perspectives allows us to reflect upon how entrepreneurial universities are developed; and for whom; and their divergent outcomes and consequences.

The book A Research Agenda for the Entrepreneurial University will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in the Elgar Research Agendas series in hardcover print format, and electronically as an ebook. A paperback edition of the book will be produced 12-18 months after the publication of the hardcover edition.

From PhD students to senior scholars, university administrators and all who are invested in the future of the entrepreneurial university.

The book will be submitted for inclusion in Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index (part of the Web of Science), and in the SCOPUS citation index. It will be indexed in Google Scholar at the chapter level.

End of August 2018: Abstracts summarizing potential chapter contributions emailed to
Approx. ½-1 page, and include a description of the principal topic and expected contribution to establishing a new research direction/avenue in Entrepreneurial University research
September 2018: Notification of first acceptance
March 31st 2019: Complete chapter contributions (approx. 4,000-5,000 words)
October 2019: Revised chapters due
Late 2019/early 2020: Final editing
April 2020: Book submitted to Edward Elgar (for release early 2021)