Invitation to ACE Research Seminar – Entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience

Entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience

Friday 28 November 2014 ~ 10:00 to 11:30 am ~ QUT Gardens Point Campus – Brisbane

Presented by Brendan Gray, Professor of Marketing, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Sustainable entrepreneurship is an emerging field that investigates potential solutions to environmental, social and/or economic problems. It also provides a conceptual link between entrepreneurship and sustainable development (Parrish 2010). This means that any improvements in human well-being need to be undertaken within the limits of natural systems (Hall, Daneke, and Lenox 2010). Thus, sustainable entrepreneurs face a major challenge: how to sustain nature, sources of life support and communities while also attempting to develop economic, health and sociocultural gains (Shepherd and Patzelt 2011)?

Sustainability focuses on behavioural changes that help return unstable system to a steady state. However, it is questionable whether this is a realistic goal, particularly for climate-threatened communities (Gray et al 2014). Ecologists are more concerned with resilience, which focuses on adaptation to exogenous shocks (Whiteman, Walker, and Perego 2013). Resilience also resonates with the entrepreneurial concepts of bricolage, effectuation and improvisation (Fisher 2012). 

Researchers have examined the resilience of entrepreneurs to a variety of challenges. However, few studies have investigated how entrepreneurship development agencies can improve the economic and sociocultural resilience of climate-threatened communities. In this presentation, Brendan Gray discusses recent research into the business models of community-based entrepreneurship development organisations in Samoa and Tonga. He uses this context to explore questions of entrepreneurship, sustainability and resilience in challenging environments. 

Brendan Gray is a Professor of Marketing and was formerly Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Otago. He teaches marketing management, international marketing, public relations and sustainable entrepreneurship. While his former research into how to improve the international competitiveness of service firms focused on the “profit” side of business, he has balanced this with his current interest in “social” issues, such as how community-based entrepreneurship can improve the resilience of entrepreneurs, their families and communities in climate-threatened contexts.   

For catering and seating purposes please email Karen Taylor if you wish to attend  k3.taylor@qut.edu.au

Forum: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Regional Development: Bridging the Valley of Death and Capturing Value in Region

http://acereconference.com/policy-forum/

Entrepreneurs, new venture supporters, funders and governments worldwide want to create places that stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship that foster economic development and growth. The question is how?

We know that entrepreneurial ecosystems such as that experienced in Silicon Valley work. We also know that not many (if any) places are like Silicon Valley. The ecosystems that support and sustain entrepreneurship in different places will each have a unique set of characteristics. So, in creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem finding the right unique set of characteristics is crucial. In this regard everybody has a responsibility.

No matter where you are, the region you occupy will have a level of entrepreneurial activity which serves local needs and will have links with international markets. The Forum aims to raise and discuss issues concerning policy challenges and approaches to stimulate Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, using the local Adelaide movement as a case study.

The forum will focus on how each contributor can help to address localised issues while gathering international perspectives on what others do. This is your chance to have a say in how your ecosystems are formed. 

Outstanding keynote academics, including Professors David Audretsch (USA), David Storey (UK) will feature, as well as our own local academic team Professor Göran Roos and Dr Allan O’Connor.

The Forum is timed to coincide with the 2015 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) to be held at the University of Adelaide from 3 – 6 February 2015.

This is an annual Australian research conference that attracts leading international scholars and provides a platform that allows attendees to share ideas about entrepreneurship and what makes it work.

The timing of the Forum means that an international mix of world-class entrepreneurship scholars will also be participating and adding new perspectives to enhance our understanding of our unique entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To register for the Forum to be held on Tuesday 3 February 2015 at the Adelaide Conventions Centre  CLICK HERE.

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Regional Development: Bridging the Valley of Death and Capturing Value in Regions Policy Forum is supported by DIMTRE, Adelaide City Council and ECIC.

Dimensions of Innovation presentations now available online

On 17 October 2014, QUT was pleased to host two of the world’s leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship research, Harvard Business School Professor, Josh Lerner and Professor Adam Jaffe.

This event explored how government policy can support firm and industry innovation; the capabilities organisations require to respond to turbulent environments; and how entrepreneurs recognise and pursue opportunities through the formation of new independent or corporate ventures. The presenters were Harvard Business School Professor and head of the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management unit, Professor Josh Lerner, and Professor Adam Jaffe formerly at Harvard and now Director of Motu, New Zealand’s leading non-profit economic and public policy research institute. This sharing of their world leading research on entrepreneurship and innovation was followed by QUT led panel discussion.

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Small Business Week presentations now available online

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School hosted three events to inspire and build business as part of 2014 Queensland Small Business Week, an initiative supporting and celebrating the important role of small business in the Queensland economy.

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.

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You are invited to our GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK EVENTS!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is 17 – 22 November 2014.  Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

This year the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Centre at the QUT Business School have organized a couple of events to kick off the week – Read more

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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G20YEA – Youth entrepreneurship to tackle unemployment

I recently attended the G20YEA (Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance) Summit in Sydney http://www.g20yea.com/en/summit/  It was an exciting, high energy event attended by over 400 delegates from around the globe representing the G20 countries.

It became clear that youth entrepreneurship is very much on the agenda of many governments around the globe, including Australia. With youth unemployment spiralling out of control, and traditional employment growth stagnated, entrepreneurship is seen as a key ingredient for addressing the problem. Critically, across the G20 70% of job growth is coming from the SME sector, particularly young SMEs.

Helen Clark, now Administrator of the UN Development Program, presented a passionate speech emphasizing the size of the problem on a global scale. Senator Ryan confirmed Australia’s commitment to this agenda.

I was invited to participate in a panel session on culture, equality and youth entrepreneurship. I presented some data from our GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) study that was well received.

The event concluded with a signed communique to the G20 Leaders Summit:

The young entrepreneurs of the world gathered at the Sydney G20 YEA Summit support the Australian G20 priorities on private sector led growth and greater resilience of the world economy. We call on the G20 Leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to focus on entrepreneurship and agree to implement policies, legislation and incentives for ecosystems that support start-ups and sustainable high growth entrepreneurial SMEs, young entrepreneurs and enhance private sector led growth.”

The communique went on to outline key priorities across 9 pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Action plans for each national team.

Congratulations to Jeremy Liddle and Aaron McNeilly for organizing such an outstanding event.