QSBW – a busy time for ACE !

2014 Queensland Small Business Week (September 1-5) was a busy time for ACE, with lots of external exposure and great networking. It started on the Monday with the high profile event “Are You a Business Tiger?”, organised by the Small Business Minister’s office, in QUT’s exquisite “Room Three-Sixty”. ACE Director, Per Davidsson, was one of the key presenters-panelists, along with Dhruba Gupta, Paul Niederer, Kit Kriewaldt and Emily Jade O’Keeffe.  Per’s speech was one of “encouragement and caution” – based on research – in relation to canonising the most rapidly growing firms in the economy. The event was also streamed to over 700 participants in regions throught out Queensland.  The Queensland Minster for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, closed the plenary part of the event. This was followed by roundtable sessions, many of which were facilitated by ACE and QUT Business School affilates, Paul Steffens, Rowena Barrett, Stephane Tywoniak, John Polichronis, Sukie Sawang, Sandeep Salunke, Tonis Mets, Julienne Senyard and Deb McGregor. Read more

When Small Business Thinks Big

http://www.2014qsbw.iamevents.com.au/brisbane/

Join the Honourable Campbell Newman MP, Premier of Queensland and the Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the
Commonwealth Games for the launch of the second annual Queensland Small Business Week.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.  Queensland is a state renowned  for its diverse and innovative business community. Research  shows that business sentiment is high and Queensland is positioned well to build on our competitive strengths.  But what is happening beyond our local economy? Is Queensland’s entrepreneurial drive and determination translating to results on a global scale?

The Queensland Government has invited Professor Josh Lerner from Harvard Business School Read more

Promoting the culture of entrepreneurship and startups at QUT

QUT Starters promotes a culture of entrepreneurship and startups among students and focusses on experimenting with startup ideas through the use of modern business methodologies such as the lean startup. Their goal is to create a supportive community of entrepreneurs in which teams can be formed, ideas can be generated and startups can learn and grow.

This exciting new group have big plans for this semester, including hosting a number of workshops, guest speaker presentations and competitions with prizes to be won. As well as teaching members the best methods for success, they offer personalised business advice and support to students through their growing network of industry and professional contacts.

Anyone is welcome to join the society and or come along to the events. Check them out on facebook or visit the website at www.qutlean.com

You are invited to join the 2014 Queensland Small Business Week celebrations!

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School will host three events to inspire and build business as part of 2014 Queensland Small Business Week. 2014 Queensland Small Business Week from 1-6 September is a Queensland Government initiative supporting and celebrating the important role of small business in the Queensland economy.

You are invited to attend all or any of these events, registration is essential to secure your place:

Small Firm Growth – Lessons from systematic research

Presented by : Professor Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

What is gained and lost when a firm grows larger? Where do “high growth firms” come from; what challenges do they meet – and are they able to sustain their growth over time? What risks and opportunities are associated with different forms of growth, such as domestic vs. international expansion; organic vs. acquisition-based growth; “mere” volume expansion vs. growth through new products and new markets? When should and should not sales growth be accompanied with internal growth in personnel? Last but not least – how are growth and profitability related? Do firms become profitable as a result of their growth, or is it the other way round? During the last 20 years a lot has been learnt from systematic, large-scale research about the drivers, forms, and consequences of growth in small firms. This seminar summarizes some of the highlights in an accessible and entertaining form.

Date: Wednesday 3 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend

The business creation process: What works and doesn’t work for Australian start-ups?

Presented by: Professor Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, and Dr Scott Gordon, Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.

This seminar reports some main findings from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence, which is the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia. Well over a thousand emerging and young firms were followed over a six-year period. Four doctoral dissertations; eight reports to the federal Department of Industry, and a range of other works have been written on the basis of this project. The seminar will cover the dos and don’ts of business planning; low-cost strategies to start a business; the challenges of innovation; more vs. less successful start-up processes, and a number of other topics.

Date: Thursday 4 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend

Entrepreneurship in Australia: How does our start-up activity hold up against other countries?

Presented by: Associate Professor Paul Steffens, Deputy-Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Australia is not Silicon Valley –but neither is 99% of the US! How does Australia’s level of entrepreneurial actually fare in comparison with other countries? What is the rate and quality of new business formation compared to relevant other countries? Are women, immigrants and different ethnic groups over- or under-represented—and how does their representation compare internationally? Looking beyond small, independent start-ups: Is Australia high or low in “producing” self-made billionaires who created their fortunes based on business activities? What about entrepreneurial initiatives among employees in established businesses? Various types of research actually points a rather bright picture of the state of entrepreneurship in Australia, and even if there are things that could be improved we should perhaps think twice about thinking and saying that everything is much better elsewhere.

Date: Friday 5 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend

 

These research-informed events hosted by the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School are open to business owners, industry, and policy makers interested in the growth of entrepreneurship in Australia. Small business is vital to Queensland’s economy, representing approximately 95 percent of all Queensland businesses and employing almost half of the state’s private sector workforce. These events are designed to provide information that will inspire the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide networking to build and grow businesses.

For more information about the presenters and the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research visit www.qut.edu.au/business/ace

2014 Queensland Small Business Week is being delivered by the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. For more information on 2014 Queensland Small Business Week visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek

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ACE taking research to practice and policy makers

ACE’s first Animated Video Vignette is now available publicly here.  This pilot vignette deals with the dynamics of firm growth and profitability based on research conducted by Paul Steffens, Jason Fitzsimmons, and Per Davidsson.  It will be followed by a series of at least four more, and hopefully many more than that.  As you may know, ACE also disseminates research findings in the form of written, 2-page research vignettes. They are available here.  We hope you will find the time to watch the video, enjoy it.  Critical, improvement-oriented feedback is also welcome! (k3.taylor@qut.edu.au)

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ACE Represented at the G20 Agenda for Growth Meeting

Per Davidsson and Karen Taylor represented the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at “the G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for SMEs” conference, called by the general Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, in Melbourne on Friday, June 20.  The meeting was held in a very historic place – the Victorian Parliament – in the very room which also hosted the first federal parliament of Australia in the early 1900sAll important SME-related organisations were represented among the 100+ delegates, so it was an excellent networking opportunity for ACE . Per took the floor twice, summarizing stylized facts from research related to the conference theme, as well as their policy implications, and seems to have made an impression. The Minister impressed by attending in person for most of the day and we also got a chance to talk to him face-to-face and provide him with a set of ACE research vignettes, including this one, which was prepared specifically for this meeting.  We are currently following up on the important contacts we made at the meeting. Read more about the meeting

QUT engages with the Taiwanese Business Community

QUT Business Team proudly sponsored the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Queensland chapter, 2014 Business Award Gala Dinner. 

Associate Professor Artemis Chang coordinated the judge panel, composed of Associate Professor Paul Steffens, Associate Professor Roxanne Zolin and other judges from the government, banking and law. 

QUT Business School was showcased on the night through a commercial video featuring Professor Robina Xavier speaking about our triple crowned undergraduate degrees, our corporate and business education. ACE shared our major research projects with the audience and invited the audience to visit the ACE website for industry relevant vignettes

Members from Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship and QUT International colleagues as well as representatives from QUT Taiwanese Student Association attended the award night and it was a great success. 

Event pictures were published in local Chinese News Papers and online media.

Associate Professor Chang with Winner of Taiwanese Culture Brand, Jeni Wang, and Katharine Chang, Representative from Taipeip Economic and Culture Office in Australia.

Associate Professor Chang with Winner of Taiwanese Culture Brand, Jeni Wang, and Katharine Chang, Representative from Taipeip Economic and Culture Office in Australia.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week Australia 2013 set to be the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in Australia

With over 200 events and 20+ partners around the country, Global Entrepreneurship Week Australia is Australia’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship.

GEW Australia has brought together government organisations like Australian Taxation Office, Commonwealth Bank, RMIT as well as organisations like Start up Weekend, Majoran Distillery, Australian Business Week and many more.

What is it?

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QUT Business School connects with the Taiwanese business community

QUT Business School is now a corporate member of the Australian Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce (QLD), with Associate Professor Artemis Chang elected to its Executive Committee.

Associate Professor Artemis Chang receiving her certificate of appointment

Associate Professor Artemis Chang receiving her certificate of appointment

Associate Professor Chang, from the School of Management at QUT’s Business School, was presented with the certificate of appointment at the Inauguration Dinner on Saturday, 29 June 2013 at the Shangri-la Restaurant, Sunnybank.

Artemis will represent the Queensland Chapter by attending the Oceania meeting in Taipei in September this year, connecting to 700 representatives from the Australasia region. Read more