MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @QUT

You will be pushed to your limit. You will learn. You will have fun.

QUT has been selected to host the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at Gardens Point campus in Brisbane in March, 2017.

The highly-selective camp condenses a one year MIT course into a week-long, action-based learning experience for budding entrepreneurs picked from across the world.

Applicants must apply to MIT by the latest January 31, 2017 and selection is based on five criteria – rigor, initiative, contribution to community, team and cultural fit and entrepreneurship potential.

QUT Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake said the university was proud to have been selected to host the bootcamp.

The partnership between, QUT, MIT and the Queensland Government means QUT will offer three scholarships to attend the bootcamp, including one specifically for an Indigenous Australian.

“We have been building an entrepreneurial focus across the university for some time now and staging the bootcamp at our Gardens Point campus will allow us to take this to the next level,” Professor Coaldrake said

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ACE Team at BCERC 2016

The Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), founded by Babson College in 1981, is considered the world’s leading entrepreneurship research conference. BCERC 2016 was held at Nord University Business School in Bodø (Norway). ACE’s Per Davidsson, Annelore Huyghe, Jaehu Shim, Paul Steffens and Kunlin Xu traveled to the land of the midnight sun to present their work and to receive valuable feedback from peers.

Popular themes in the conference program – a total of 222 papers – were: Read more

Innovation and Design Thinking @ QUT

Thanks to ACE researcher Dr. Judy Matthews attracting her to QUT, we could enjoy a speech by Jeanne Liedtka at the Vice-Chancellor’s Forum on Monday, 26 September 2016. Jeanne is Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Management, University of Virginia.

Her speech was on “design thinking”, especially in the context of innovation. The design thinking movement challenges social scientists not to stop at academic publication of their findings, but to translate them into a toolkit that practitioners actually can and will use. Liedtka has previously promoted this approach in her books The Catalyst, Designing for Growth: A design thinking tool kit for managers, and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works. At the closing of the event ACE Director Per Davidsson took the podium to deliver the thanks to Professor Liedka. Per exemplified the impact design thinking can have with the Business Model Canvas—which may do not even know is an academic product—and reminded about the recent visit to QUT and ACE by one of its creators, Professor Yves Pigneur. Some of the background of this success story is revealed in this conversation between Yves, Per, and ACE Deputy Director, Professor Paul Steffens. While being self-critical on behalf on mainstream social science in his concluding remarks, Per also pointed out that input from such research are an important building block in performing the low cost experiments that can lead to a design-based solution that works.

The links to Jeanne Liedtka’s presentation can be found here:

Part 1 link is https://youtu.be/2fEIG-M8oUo

Part 2 link is https://youtu.be/Fcswyx5PvyY

Former ACE postdoc wins research award

Former ACE researcher Rene Bakker, now an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University, has won the 2016 Kelley School of Business Research Award. The award recognizes Rene’s research performance over the past year, culminating in a set of publications in the leading management journals. The award is in part based on the work on the Australian mining industry which Rene undertook during his time at ACE.  Rene was with ACE from 2011 to 2015 first as a postdoc and later as a senior research fellow. You’ll find out more about Rene and the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in this ACE Spotlight Interview conducted by Annelore Huyghe.

Links to some of Rene’s key articles can be found below.

Pull the plug or take the plunge: Multiple opportunities and the speed of venturing decisions in the Australian mining industry.   RM Bakker, D Shepherd.   Academy of Management Journal (Forthcoming)

Stepping in and stepping out: Strategic alliance partner re‐configuration and the unplanned termination of complex projects.   RM Bakker.   Strategic Management Journal 37 (9), 1919–1941

 

Disrupting Law and Enabling Entrepreneurship

 

Preparations @QUTTheCube for Disrupting Law by QUT Starters and The Legal ForecastDL_Sunday_evening_sold_out_audience_for_pitches

Disrupting Law and Enabling Entrepreneurship: an Insider Perspective from ACE

Young entrepreneurs from QUT Starters joined forces with budding legal professionals at The Legal Forecast to host Queensland’s first legal innovation hackathon from August 5-7 at QUT.

According to coverage of the #DisruptingLaw event, hackathon participants demonstrated ‘collaborative excellence’ and ‘impressed members of the legal profession’ with the quality of ideas pitched.

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) was proud to be one of the many supporters of the event and accompany and assist its organisers along the journey. Read more

Call for ACERE 2017 abstracts

The abstract submission portal is open and the deadline to submit is 21 August 2016.  Abstracts must be submitted online and uploaded in a specific format.  Abstracts must be in English, approximately 900 words and clearly state: title, principal topic, method, results and implications.  Please read ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and instructions before you submit.

The suitability of all abstracts will be checked by a ‘double-blind’ international panel of colleagues.  If the abstract is accepted, participants will then be invited to submit a 15 page Full Paper.   Full papers will be due on 1 November 2016.  Only full papers submitted on or before this date will be double blind peer reviewed, will qualify for awards and will qualify to be nominated for the PDS Sessions.

We are looking very much forward to welcoming you to Melbourne along with our fabulous line up of keynotes and panelists.
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Position opportunity at QUT Brisbane, Australia

The School of Management at Queensland University of Technology’s triple accredited Business School is recruiting an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship. We are seeking a research active academic leader and teacher. We are looking for someone who engages in impactful entrepreneurship research, works collaboratively and can lead inter disciplinary academic teams to solve problems with research users.  As a quality academic we expect you to share your excitement for and knowledge about entrepreneurship with students.

The position details are available on the QUT jobs website (and the position description is here). If you think this job is for you please talk to Professor Rowena Barrett, Head, School of Management (rowena.barrett@qut.edu.au) or Professor Per Davidsson (per.davidsson@qut.edu.au), Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, QUT Business School. If the position isn’t for you, but you know someone it might suit, then please share it widely amongst your networks.

QUT students join some of the world’s most forward thinking designers & innovators

The DIS Experience Night was an eye opening event on the integration of technology with the human body. The concepts which were displayed and demonstrated throughout the night gave a glimpse into what the future of human integrated technology may look like. There was an array of concepts both ready for commercial release, as well as others which were highly fictional, encouraging the audience to question life and the way society may communicate with such fused technology.

Overall, the DIS Experience Night was a great opportunity to mix wDIS nightith engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and industry experts, whilst giving an alternate view on the way we look at technology.

ACE proudly supports sponsorship of QUT students to attend these inspiring and innovative events.  Many thanks to Sean Davidson from Fold Products for sharing your thoughts about this event.

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Taking up the Innovation Challenge in Suzhou

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Chinese students of South East University-Monash in Suzhou and visiting postgraduate students from Australia met in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in April to take part in an Australian Government supported entrepreneurs’ boot camp.  The Suzhou event followed a two-day program of site visits in Shanghai to entrepreneurship incubators in Fudan University’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Science and Technology Incubator (Shanghai),  and Tongji University’s FabLab O, and the Zizhu Entrepreneurship Incubator, Zizhu National Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone. The site visits showcased the impressive innovation effort and entrepreneurial drive that exists within China today.

The Australian delegation was facilitated by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and was led by Dr Paul Wood ATSE. The boot camp was hosted by South East University-Monash in Suzhou and focused on introducing research students to the principles required to succeed in a competitive innovation‐led world, with a particular focus on Chinese-Australian relationships. Chinese and Australian post-graduate students worked together on real world projects aimed at empowering them to become business leaders of the future.

The boot camp was opened by Australian Consul General to Shanghai, Mr Graeme Meehan, and facilitated by Dr Buzz Palmer, CEO of STC Australia and Director of Entrepreneurship at Monash University.  Participating institutions included Monash University, South East University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology Sydney. The four day event was truly a great experience for all.

Thanks go to the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology, Fudan University’s Youth Entrepreneurship and Science and Technology Incubator, Tongji University’s FabLab O, the Zizhu Entrepreneurship Incubator, South East University-Monash Graduate School and Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District Admin Committee for making this visit such a success.

Research vignettes – print and video

We have published another sketchbook video vignette, namely Henri Burgers’ “Creating A More Entrepreneurial Organisation In Three Steps”. Be one of the first 1,000 to view it!

You can access our other sketchbook video vignettes on innovation, bricolage, growth, business planning and the start-up process here.

We also have two new print vignettes (2-page, lay language summaries of research):

The complete collection of print vignettes is available here.

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