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

Entrepreneurship is Booming at QUT!

With the rise of numerous support initiatives, there has never been a better time to start a new venture as QUT student, alumnus or staff! Student groups QUT Starters, QUT Code and IDEA Network QUT are passionate about fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, and helping like-minded peers to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses. qutBluebox, the university’s knowledge transfer company, has awarded $ 100,000+ in prizes during its second Innovation Challenge to propel entrepreneurial ideas from drawing board to the marketplace. 2015 winner is video file compression start-up Clip Champ, which has gained half a million users since founding in August last year “with virtually no marketing”. Runner-up Fantasy Insider is a statistics platform with new and easy-to-use tools to analyze and project Australian sports data. In addition, qutBluebox operates a 3-month seed accelerator program, assisting QUT start-up teams to realize their full market potential through coaching, mentoring, training and access to finance. Annelore Huyghe, research fellow at ACE, acted as a learning facilitator in the 2014/2015 program, which was ranked in the top 10% of university business accelerators worldwide by UBI Global. Residents – Vald Performance, Blucore, Hypometer, RigidAir, ALM-Healthtech, Keypark and ProtoGym – have collectively raised $ 1.2mio with a further $ 0.8mio under negotiation, and their products are currently sold in over 35 countries.