The International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) conference is back with its 19th edition in Padua, Italy, from September 6th to 8th, 2023, after a three-year hiatus. Curated by Palgrave Publishing, the University of Padua and the University of Essex, the event is set to address the need for change and reinvention in entrepreneurship research, given the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
The conference’s theme, “Entrepreneurship: Analogue to Digital“, aims to explore the latest developments in entrepreneurship and their impact on individuals, organizations, and the environment. It seeks to identify and nurture new pathways in the evolving fields of innovation, economic development, and social progress. Interested parties can find information on registration online on IEF’s website, together with participation fees and additional info. Attendees can participate in person or online, and this has an impact on cost. The registration form closes on August 20th.
The IEF proceedings will feature nine panel sessions designed to encourage interactive discussions and debates on crucial topics, promising to be an enriching and insightful gathering of experts from diverse fields, engaging in dynamic discussions and exploring the evolving landscape of entrepreneurship in the digital era:
The first session will delve into the concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems and their vital role in sustaining economic growth. Participants will explore how these ecosystems foster innovation and support the growth of new ventures.
Another intriguing session titled “One Health and ‘Sciencepreneurship” will focus on the intersection between the economy, health, and nature. Experts will examine how transformative enterprises and advanced technologies contribute to sustainability and well-being, creating a positive impact on society and the environment.
In the rapidly evolving digital world, the ‘Metaverse’ has emerged as a significant phenomenon. The third panel session will analyze its global ramifications on international business and entrepreneurship, shedding light on the opportunities and challenges it presents.
Citizen engagement in the entrepreneurial process will be highlighted in the fourth session. Experts will emphasize the role of citizens in driving entrepreneurship aligned with economic and social priorities, showcasing examples of successful citizen-driven initiatives.
The fifth session will be dedicated to exploring the unsteady path of early-stage firm growth and the different types of venture finance available. Participants will gain insights into the various methods and instruments that have evolved over time to support new ventures.
The sixth session will delve into the historical roots that influence the relative economic performance of different regions, shedding light on the relationship between entrepreneurship and regional development.
For those interested in Artificial Intelligence and its impact on SMEs, the International Network for SMEs (INSME) will provide valuable insights. Featuring discussions with INSME’ President, Sergio Arzeni, and association members, this session will offer a comprehensive view of AI’s role in the entrepreneurial landscape and prepares INSME Annual Meeting that will be held in October in Berlin.
In an increasingly interconnected world, the eighth session will explore how social capital and connectivity enable technological and innovation capacity building in ecosystems, ultimately influencing entrepreneurial outcomes.
Finally, there will be a special agenda dedicated to students and practitioners of entrepreneurship and innovation. This panel session will recount and analyze learning objectives, methods, and techniques used by different institutions in various programs of study, providing valuable guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators.
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