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! (

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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

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!

New fund to take ideas from workshop to shopfront

Clever ideas and innovations that will improve the lives of Queensland families now have a better chance of getting to the market with the State’s new $1.5 million grant program.

Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said the Government’s Accelerate Ideas grant program aimed to encourage people from throughout Queensland and industry to work together on turning good ideas into commercial reality.

Mr Walker said the funding was aimed at Queensland individuals, businesses and university researchers who often found the leap from workshop to shopfront financially challenging.

“Grants of between $25,000 and $50,000 will be given to successful applicants who are at the point of demonstrating the commercial viability of their innovations. So, for example, they’ve developed a prototype and need support to validate their product to get it to the next stage along the commercial pipeline,” Mr Walker said. Read more

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.


Post Doc Opportunity Queensland Australia

The School of Management at Queensland University of Technology advertises a Post Doc opportunity here, with a position description here. Entrepreneurship is one of the possible areas to fill this position. If an entrepreneurship-oriented candidate gets the position s/he would benefit from being affiliated with The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE); the leading research group in this field in Australia (see also here). Read more

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.”