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Small Research Group Meeting “Psychological Perspectives on Entrepreneurship”

Location and Date: Groningen October 30th and 31st, 2019 Location: University of Groningen Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Grote Kruisstraat 2/1 9712 TS Groningen

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Goals & Format
The aim of this 2-days meeting is to bring researchers across the Netherlands together who are interested in and actively researching the link between psychology and entrepreneurship. The researchers present their empirical or conceptual research, discuss their studies, learn from each other, meet potential new collaborators, and develop research ideas, as well as ways of collaborating in the future.

Format: each person will present a research project or paper to the entire group of participants (15 min presentations) and this will be followed by a 15 min discussion. Each presentation will have an assigned discussant.
Role of the discussant: provide input on and your assessment of the paper/project; stimulate discussion in the audience; prepare 1-3 statements/questions that may be discussed in the whole group.

The discussants can but not necessarily have to prepare a/some power point slide(s). Moreover, in the second part of the meeting, we discuss opportunities for future collaboration (see agenda below).

Input & Preparation
Please prepare an abstract of 700 – 900 words (excluding references); no specific format required. Submissions should be either work in progress or finalized work, but preferably not yet published. We welcome theoretical, conceptual papers, methodological, and empirical papers. Send your abstract one month before our meeting (no later than September 25th) to

We will upload all the abstracts in a dropbox folder, share this folder with you, and assign the discussants. Please upload your PowerPoint presentation on dropbox by October 18th so that the discussant
can prepare based on both the abstract and the presentation. A PC and a beamer will be available. You will need to bring your presentation (PowerPoint) on a USB flash drive.

Catering & Costs
On both days, a small lunch will be provided including vegetarian & non-vegetarian options. If you have other diary restrictions or allergies, please let us know ( Coffee and tea will be offered in the coffee breaks. Water will be available throughout the two days. Travel expenses, accommodation, and the dinner on Wednesday need to be covered by the

We have special contracts with the following hotels (prices per night in the range €80 – €105).  Best Western Hotel Groningen Centre  Asgard Hotel Groningen  NH Groningen  NH Hotel de Ville

Please contact our secretary, Charissa Smit, she can book a room for you.

Mini Workshop on “Entrepreneurs, Firms and the Platform Economy” 12 September 2019, Utrecht University

This mini- workshop is hosted by Utrecht University, Innovation Studies Group, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development in collaboration with Professor Karl Wennberg, Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
Location: Academiegebouw Utrecht, Opzoomerkamer

Call for Papers and Participants
The ‘platform economy’ – enabling economic exchange via internet-based platforms – is revolutionizing the often stationary operation of our traditional economy. With offer and demand meeting online, the platform economy implies a genuine globalization of economic interaction: Information, advice, service providers, and goods to share (to give just some examples) are accessible for professionals and private individuals around the world. At the same time, platforms allow for major efficiency increases in local service markets notably taxi, food delivery and domestic cleaning. The socio-economic consequences of the platform economy are thus massive.
Interestingly, though, existing research chiefly investigates the impact of the gig economy on individuals. Accordingly, we start to have a better understanding of – for example – the types, motives, reviews, trust-relationships, income levels, and socio-economic conditions of gig workers, asset sharers, and crowd workers. Strikingly, though, the impact of the gig economy on the corporate world remains largely unexplored. Accordingly, we know little about the types and motives of incumbent firms that make
use of the platform economy. While it is widely acknowledge that the gig economy offers ample entrepreneurial opportunities (both for platform start-ups and platform users), we know virtually nothing about how and to what extent the platform economy facilitates entrepreneurship. Are their
distinct types of platform entrepreneurs? And what about the platform companies themselves, their revenue models, competitive strategies, and co-development with incumbent firms?

This mini workshop aims to address such and similar questions on the link between “entrepreneurs, firms, and the platform economy”. Through research presentations on these topics, we will learn from our peers and help them to further improve their work. This mini workshop therefore explicitly calls for the presentation of research ideas from different disciplines, which are still ‘work in progress’ that benefits from the input of fellow researchers. Colleagues who are interested to participate and/or to present a paper, please register by email to For logistical reasons, this workshop is limited to 20 participants who will be admitted on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

DARE Seminar at Leiden University a Success

Dear DARE members,

Thank you for joining the recent DARE seminar in Leiden. According to us, it was a great success. We hope you have enjoyed the program as much as we did.


Werner Liebregts opened the afternoon with a few words on the history, the organization and aims of DARE. Recently, he and Neil Thompson took over from Nardo de Vries as secretaries of DARE. Please contact Werner ( any question you may have about the seminars, and Neil ( in case you have anything relevant to share (e.g., via the DARE website). Werner’s slides can be accessed via this link.

Subsequently, Peter van der Zwan welcomed all seminar participants at the Department of Business Studies of Leiden University. The seminar took place in the Grotiuszaal, named after Hugo de Groot, of the Kamerlingh Onnes Building, named after one of Leiden University’s Nobel prize winners. He also introduced the theme of the day, viz. Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World. Peter’s slides can be accessed via this link.

The program included four full paper presentations and a keynote speech. The first presenter, Marcus Dejardin, focused on how causation and effectuation together relate to the innovation performance of SMEs. Second, Marina van Geenhuizen focused on the relationship between founding team and network diversity on the one hand, and university spinoffs’ performance on the other hand.

After a short break, Taghi Zadeh explained the role of industry and cultural distance between portfolio firms in the performance of corporate venture capital (CVC) investors. Subsequently, Wim Naudé discussed the possible reasons behind the decline in Schumpeterian entrepreneurship. Finally, Jan Adriaanse elaborated on how several topics within the theme of entrepreneurial dynamism can be approached from a legal perspective. Jan’s slides can be accessed via this link.

Roy Thurik, the chair of DARE, was responsible for the wrap-up of the afternoon. During the drinks afterwards there were ample opportunities to reflect on the afternoon and to interact with each other!

Please save the date for the next DARE seminar, which will take place in the afternoon of November 14, 2019. The location and theme of the seminar are yet to be announced. We will keep you updated on this via our website and Twitter account. We hope to see you there (again)!


Kind regards,

Werner Liebregts, Neil Thompson and Peter van der Zwan

Invitation to Roads Ahead for Entrepreneurship Education (RAFEE) Wednesday, April 17th

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and do you want to know the latest trends and developments regarding entrepreneurship education in Amsterdam? We have something interesting for you!
Please save the date for an interactive, inspirational seminar entitled ‘’Roads Ahead for Entrepreneurship Education’’ on Wednesday, April 17th.
The program:

13.00 – 14.00
Doors open – presentation of the current state of the IXA Education Measures (Cases in Entrepreneurship, Mentor Pool, Interface, Post-Experience Programme, Pilots in Blended Learning)

14.00 – 14.15
Welcome / Introduction

14.15 – 14.45
Keynote by Bart van Grevenhof (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

14.45 – 15.15
Keynote by Marco van Gelderen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

15.15 – 15.45
Keynote by Martin Lackeús (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg)

15.45 – 16.00

16.00 – 17.00
Panel discussion (moderator: Ingrid Wakkee, Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

17.00 – 18.00
Drinks and Networking

Location is The Startup Village at the Amsterdam Science Park (Amsterdam Science Park 608, 1098 XH Amsterdam).
Curious? For more information please contact: See you on Wednesday April 17th!

Invitation to DARE Research Seminar – Leiden University 16 May

We cordially invite you to attend the DARE research seminar on “Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World”, which will be organized in collaboration with the Department of Business Studies of Leiden University.

Where?                Room A051 (“Grotiuszaal”), Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Leiden Law School, Leiden University

When?                 Thursday May 16, 2019 (13:30 – 18:00, borrel included)

Organizing committee:

  • Werner Liebregts
  • Neil Thompson
  • Peter van der Zwan

Theme of the seminar: Entrepreneurial Dynamics in a Globalized World

There exists a lot of dynamism in entrepreneurship, which is in part reflected by individuals’ mobility in and out of entrepreneurship. Workers may move between, and return to, labor market positions to learn about their skills, ability, and earnings. Individuals may also decide to become entrepreneurs at a later age, known as senior entrepreneurship, which has received increased attention in the context of ageing societies.

We welcome research that focuses on the concept of entrepreneurial dynamics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Entrepreneurial entry and exit
  • Causes (e.g., health, wellbeing) and consequences (e.g., earnings) of entrepreneurial mobility
  • Senior/late-career entrepreneurship
  • Access to the social welfare system
  • Hybrid/portfolio/serial entrepreneurship
  • Spin-ins/spin-outs/spin-offs
  • Corporate-startup collaboration

Scholars who are interested in presenting their work at the upcoming DARE Research Seminar are kindly requested to submit an extended abstract or a full working paper to Werner Liebregts no later than Monday April 15, 2019. We welcome submissions of both theoretical and empirical papers that are not yet published. Papers may also focus on novel research methods in research directions related to the seminar’s theme.

We look forward to receiving your work and to your attendance on the 16th of May!

Call for Papers: High Tech Small Firms Conference in Twente, (26), 27-28 May 2019

Abstract submission deadline Feb. 15, 2019

On behalf of the academic conference committee Peter van der Sijde (VU-Amsterdam), Aard Groen (University of Groningen & University of Twente), Gary Cook (University of Leeds), Rainer Harms (University of Twente) and the local organisers from the Dutch Center for Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship / Department for Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Innovation Management (NIKOS-ESIM), we invite you to present your work at the HTSF conference 2019.
At HTSF, researchers convene to discuss the current state of research on technology and science based entrepreneurship. A particular theme for this years’ conference will be on the interface of entrepreneurship and digital transformation of business, economy, and society.
This conference will include key notes from academics and practitioners. We have normal sessions and early-stage challenge sessions. The early-stage challenge sessions are aimed to best support the development of early-stage research of young researchers.


Conference topic
We invite papers on themes relevant to technology and science entrepreneurship, business creation and growth, entrepreneurial ecosystems, social entrepreneurship, university-industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship education. Particular emphasis is given to papers on entrepreneurship and digital transformation of business, economy, and society.



Speakers now confirmed for the conference are: Sjoerd Romme (TU Eindhoven) Design Science, Ecosystems, Innovaiton & Entrepreneurship, Ingrid Wakkee (UAS Amsterdam) on Failure and Recovery of StartUps and Elisabetta Lazzarro (HKU University of the Arts Utrecht) whose research covers the broad area of cultural and creative entrepreneurship –!/2019/1/129355/first-key-notes-high-tech-small-firms-conference-known  – more will follow!


Conference time line
HTSF2019 begins with an early-arrival reception at the UPark Hotel, Sunday May 26, 1900-2100h. Registration and a breakfast reception is Monday, May 27, 0800-1000. The festive conference dinner is on Monday, May 27, 1930 -. Sessions rejourn Tuesday May 28, 900. We close with an excursion Tuesday late afternoon.
The Venue
The conference will be held at the UPark Hotel on the University Twente Campus. This newly-built campus hotel offers state-of-the-art conferencing and accommodation. We suggest to make your room reservation early in advance. Other options exist in town, but transportation must be organized yourself.


  • The fee covers conference material, early-arrival reception (May 26), breakfast reception (May 27), lunches, festive dinner, and excursion.
  • For both days, the conference fee for early birds is 475€ (before 13th April) and 575€ after that date, and 225€ for PhD students. PhD status needs to be shown with suitable documentation.
  • Payment will have to be made via the Conference webpage payment system (credit card).
  • Cancellations after May 2019 cannot be refunded.


For further information please see this website:!/2019/5/129401/high-tech-small-firms-conference-2019


Call for Papers: 4th EntFin Conference July 2-3, 2019, Trier (Germany)


After the successful ENTFIN conferences in Lyon (2016), Ghent (2017), and Milan (2018), the ENTFIN Association and the FGF e. V. will organize the fourth conference on Entrepreneurial Finance in the historical city of Trier, Germany on July 2-3, 2019.
ENTFIN is the association of Entrepreneurial Finance, gathering together scholars from finance, management, and entrepreneurship. The FGF is the leading academic association for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SME research in the DACH-region.

Recent developments in technology and regulation have led to new forms of entrepreneurial finance. New players and new ways to finance entrepreneurial firms have emerged or will emerge (Ahlstrom et al., 2018; Block et al., 2018). Some financial instruments like crowdfunding in its various forms have found their way into the entrepreneur’s toolbox and are on their way of getting mature, whilst others like initial coin offerings (ICOs) are only now becoming available but have a huge potential to shape the entrepreneurial finance landscape in the future (Fisch, 2019). This highlights that more in-depth insights are needed on optimal financing strategies for new ventures.
The conference aims at exploring topics such as:
• Bank and debt financing
• Blockchain and smart contracts
• Bootstrap financing
• Business angels
• Crowdfunding
• Family offices
• Incubators and accelerators
• Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
• Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)
• IP-based financing
• Private equity and buyouts
• Small firm financing
• Social venture capital, social impact investing
• Venture capital (including governmental VC, corporate VC, …)

Jörn Block ( and Christian Fisch (, Trier University and Erasmus University Rotterdam


Yan  Alperovych   (emlyon  business  school),  Fabio  Bertoni  (emlyon  business school),  Jörn  Block (University of Trier), Massimo Colombo (Politecnico di Milano), Douglas Cumming (Florida Atlantic University), Marc Deloof (University of Antwerp), Christian Fisch  (University of Trier), Alexander Groh (emlyon business school), Steven Kaplan (University of Chicago Booth School of Business), Sophie Manigart (Vlerick Business School and Ghent University), José Martí Pellón (Universidad  Complutense  de  Madrid),  Aurélie  Sannajust  (University  of  Saint-Etienne-Lyon),  Armin Schwienbacher  (SKEMA  Business School),  Andrea  Signori  (Catholic  University  of  Milan),  Tom Vanacker (Ghent University), Silvio Vismara (University of Bergamo).
Authors interested in presenting their paper at the conference should submit the full paper in a complete (including author information) and a blind PDF-version via email to no later than April 1, 2019.Papers will be reviewed anonymously and authors will be notified of the decision by May 1st, 2019.

There is no conference submission fee. The conference fee includes the annual membership to the ENTFIN association. The early-bird conference registration fee is €350 (VAT incl.), including meals, beverages, and a conference dinner.
Conference registration will be opened on April 1st, 2019. The early-bird rate applies until May 31st, 2019. After that, the regular conference fee of €450 (VAT incl.) will apply.

Further information about the conference and logistics will be available at
Questions? Please contact the conference organizers via
The keynote speaker for the 2019 Entrepreneurial Finance Conference will be Professor Steve Kaplan (University of Chicago Booth School of Business).
Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited for submission to a special issue of the Journal of Small Business Management. Further details will follow soon.
Aurélie SANNAJUST, Associate Professor in Finance, University of Saint-Etienne-Lyon, France Giancarlo GIUDICI, Associate Professor in Finance, Politechnico Milano, Italy Howard VAN AUKEN, Professor in Management, Iowa State University, USA
Ahlstrom, D., Cumming, D., Vismara, S. (2018). New methods of entrepreneurial firm financing:
Fintech, crowdfunding and corporate governance implications. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 26(5), 310-313
Block, J., Colombo, M., Cumming, D., Vismara, S. (2018). New players in entrepreneurial finance and why they are there. Small Business Economics, 50(2), 239-250.
Fisch, C. (2019). Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to finance new ventures. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(1), 1-22.

Call for Papers – IMES 2019, Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability – Extension till January 31



Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the submission deadline for the 7th International Conference Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (IMES 2019) was extended to 31st January 2019.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

The accepted ones will be published in Conference proceedings which will be submitted to Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) which is integrated index within Web of Science. Conference proceedings from years 2015 – 2017 are already indexed within Web of Science. Conference proceedings are also indexed in Google Scholar, CEEOL, Research Bib and HICDS. Nevertheless, the authors might also present their work without getting published in the proceedings. We gladly announce internationally recognised keynote speakers who confirmed their participation:

  • Martina Musteen (Professor of Global Business, San Diego State University, USA)
  • Ilan Alon (Professor of Strategy and International Marketing University of Agder, Norway)
  • Arnim Wiek (Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, USA)
  • Søren Salomo (Professor of Innovation Management, Technical University Berlin, Germany)
  • Andrew Burke (Professor of Business Studies, Trinity Business School, Ireland)
  • Roy Thurik, (Professor of Entrepreneurship, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)

More details on the conference tracks,and manuscript templates, see the Call for papers conference website available at The submission system is now open.


  • The best conference paper presented at the conference will be awarded by 300 EUR.
  • Selected papers will be considered for publication in partner journals.  
  • Full-time Ph.D. students from the Czech Republic can participate for free

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly at With kind regards Ondřej Dvouletý

Editor Scientific, Organisational and Programme Committee Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Economics in Prague