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

Call for applications: 15 post doctoral research fellowships


 The Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) advertises 15 post doctoral research fellowships here, with further information here.  “Business Innovation” is one of the possible areas to fill these positions. Entrepreneurship-oriented candidates with good research credentials would have a good chance of being competitive, especially if they can show a track record relating to one or more of the substantive content areas of interest (Digital Media; Machine Learning; Robotics and Computer Vision; Biofabrication and Biomaterials; Plant Biotechnology; Environmental Health / Air Quality; Children and Youth Intervention; Intellectual Property; Healthy Ageing; Systems Biology; Health Economics).

 If an entrepreneurship-oriented candidate gets one of these positions s/he would be affiliated with The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE); the leading research group in this field in Australia (see also here). Read more

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.

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

Congratulations Henri Burgers, Rene Bakker, Rob Perrons and Roxanne Zolin!

Elsevier and the Editors of Journal of Business Venturing have recently awarded Dr Henri Burgers a ‘Certificate of Reviewing Excellence’.  Only awarded once a year to a small hand-picked selection of reviewers, as identified by the journal Editors and Editor-in-Chiefs, this accolade is recognition of Dr Burgers hard work and contribution to the publication of scientific and medical research. As it were, this is not the first time his outstanding skills as a reviewer has been recognized in this manner. Congratulations Henri!

At the Academy of Management meeting in Philadelphia, Rene Bakker was presented with the Best Empirical Paper award from the ENT Division for his paper “When to ‘pull the plug’ and When to ‘take the plunge’:  the timing of venturing decisions in a multi-opportunity context” (co-authored by ACE Adjunct Dean Shepherd and Per Davidsson). Congratulations to Rene on this fine achievement in very tough competition.

Congratulations “so far” also to Rob Perrons, whose proposal Learning from Platform Leaders: How Collaboration Models Used by Intel and Microsoft Can Help with Carbon Capture and Sequestration has been selected as one of six finalists in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) “Grand Challenges” contest. Rob will go to Amsterdam in late October to pitch the concept in more detail to the SPE panel. Fingers crossed for making this “modest success” less modest by becoming one of the three winners!

Roxanne Zolin has received funding for the research proposal Senior Entrepreneurship in Australia: Active Ageing and Extending Working Lives  from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre Research Grants. Congratulations to Roxanne for winning this grant on a very timely topic!

ACE climbing the rankings

Independent reviews are starting to confirm the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship’s (ACE) national and international standing. A paper to be presented at the upcoming Academy of Management annual meeting ranks institutions based on their publications in 25 entrepreneurship journals. According to this compilation, QUT is the clear leader in Australia, being the only Australian university among the top 62 universities listed globally). With a rank of 17 globally, QUT is second (very narrowly) only to the National University of Singapore among universities located outside of Europe and North America. Topping the list is Erasmus University (Netherlands) followed by University of Indiana, which is the home institution of ACE’s Adjunct Professor Dean Shepherd and the site of recent research visits by ACE members Rene Bakker, Henri Burgers, and Julienne Senyard. ACE also has links to several of the other top ranked universities on the list.

The study is titled “The Author Affiliation Index (AAI) as an Assessment of 25 Entrepreneurship Journals, 2007-2011” and is lead authored by Jay Janney from the University of Dayton.”

We can welcome a new member to ACE: Professor Tõnis Mets!

Tõnis is an incoming Marie Curie Fellow funded by a European Union grant, which pays for his 2-year stay with us. Technically, he is now a QUT employee. Otherwise, his home institution is the University of Tartu in Estonia, where he is professor as well as creator and former director of their entrepreneurship centre. Some may recall Tõnis from the ACERE conference in Fremantle a couple of years ago, where he received a best paper award.

Tõnis has a rich and varied background as PhD in engineering, patent expert, inventor, entrepreneur, and eventually a social scientist focussing on entrepreneurship. He also has broad interests across entrepreneurship research, teaching, and practice. He won his fellowship based on an application revolving around an ambitious project on The Entrepreneurial Process. I know this is an interest many of you – and I – share. As regards types of firm his primary interest is in the high-tech area.

ACE highlights from the Director, Per Davidsson

ACE has had a busy and productive summer, hosting the annual “Paper Development Bootcamp” on 17 to 19 December 2013 and the ACERE conference on 4 to 7 February 2014. The latter event was held in Sydney for the first time this year, co-hosted by the University of New South Wales. We have also had a string of well attended research seminars. Increasingly, we see colleagues from other universities coming to our seminars, which we much appreciate. Read more

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship is hiring again!

Up to 2 post-doc positions available – fixed-term 12 months (with possibility of extension)

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, located within the QUT Business School in Brisbane, Australia, is seeking applications from talented and motivated individuals to fill up to two postdoctoral positions. We are looking for candidates who have been awarded a doctorate within the last five years, or who are currently at the final stage of their PhD studies. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong conceptual and data analysis skills and have the potential to publish in international top-tier journals. We are particularly interested in candidates that have a strong background in Entrepreneurship, Strategy, or Organization Theory.

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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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