The 2016 ACERE Conference was co-organised with Griffith University and held at their premises on the Gold Coast. The conference attracted 30 Delegates from more than 21 countries. We received over 180 submissions, 109 were accepted and scheduled for presentation. 20 of these papers were accepted to the Paper Development Sessions (PDS). The Doctoral Consortium (DC) was very popular with 28 participants. As usual we had an impressive line-up of keynotes: Saras Sarasvathy, Dean Shepherd, Bill Schulze, and Charlene Zietsma, who not only gave a keynote presentation each but also chaired “paper development sessions” and participated in the interactive closing panel. The conference was a great success and participants seemed particularly happy with academic contents as well as organisation and social events. Three best paper awards were granted at the Gala Dinner, namely: Best Paper on Social Entrepreneurship ‘Social enterprises: Exploring accountability in hybrid organisations’ by Gloria Astrid Guraieb Izaguirre, Belinda Luke, Craig Furneaux; Best Qualitative Paper ‘ The Role of Creativity in Entrepreneurial Ideation’ by Tobias Pret, Eleanor Shaw, Sara Carter; and Best Quantitative Paper ‘Fear of failure and behavior inhibition in early-stage entrepreneurs: regulation through passion and goal awareness’ by Silvia Stroe.
The 2017 Conference venue will be a little different to previous years. The main conference program will be held at NAB’s ‘The Village’– a new innovative space for business customers and community partners to connect, learn and work. We are proud to be co-hosting the 2017 conference with RMIT University and welcome The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the QUT Business School, and The UQ Business School as award sponsors. For the latest on ACERE, keep an eye out for upcoming e-newsletters and stay subscribed to our communication channels.
The conference was preceded by the Paper Development Bootcamp in December. This is a smaller event with about 30 QUT and external participants. Researchers and papers at all levels of development are helped to a suitable “next level” in intense discussion sessions chaired by invited international “star researchers”. This time the invested chairs were Michael Frese, Dean Shepherd (who is a formal adjunct to ACE and participates every year) and Wouter Stam. A bootcamp teaser can be found here.