The Bulgarian Association for Management Development and Entrepreneurship (BAMDE) has organized together with the Chair of Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (IED) at the UNWE and in partnership with the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) the Seventh International Conference on ‘Entrepreneurship Teaching, Research and Practice in Global Environment – Building Bridges’ (one of the sixth in the world recommended by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).
The conference was held from 8 to 10 June 2016 in the town of Pomorie (Via Pontica Resort).
The Conference’s mission is to get together professionals in the field and to discuss and ex-change ideas, problems, solutions, and best practice in competitive and practical oriented entrepreneurship education, training and consulting.
Keynote speakers at the conference were: Prof. David Smallbone, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK, Prof. Marc Cowling, Director of Research, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, England, UK, Prof. Rodrigo Varela, Director, Centro de Desarrollo del Espíritu Empresarial (Center for Entrepreneurship Development), Universidad Icesi, Cali, Colombia. , Dr. Paolo Zaramella, CMC, senior consultant, Studio Centro Veneto, Italy, holders of Brand No 1 in Family Business Transfer recognition by the European Commission; Prof. Herbert Chen, COO, Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark), Board Member, UNESCO Regional Center for Technology Incubators and Science Parks Development (IRIS), Director of China Office , Board member, President of Asian Pacific Division, International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP); Prof. Andrew Burke, Dean & Chair of Business Studies, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, Founding Editor of the International Review of Entrepreneurship (IRE);
I presented the EESC papers on Entrepreneurship as a mechanism to exit the crisis, on Female entrepreneurship and the economic value of women to the economy, and also presented the Employers Group priorities in relation to trade agreements, entrepreneurs and SMEs. The Committee opinion is a non-academic reflection of views from civil society and the audience of academic experts valued the recommendations as consideration for their future work. The importance of including all civil society actors in topics around entrepreneurship cannot be underestimated.
Following the presentation I was approached by several female entrepreneurs or organisations working with women, including one in Pakistan, to share the Committees work with them.
Parts of the conference were: Round tables "Science – Practice" with participation of entrepreneurs from several countries – chaired by Prof. Ken O’Neill, University of Ulster, Norther Ireland, Past President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Doctor Honoris Causa of the UNWE and also workshops for PhD students: how to prepare a solid dissertation work?
A workshop: how to publish in prestigious international journals? Both workshops were led by Prof. David Smallbone, Kingston University, UK, Past President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). A seminar on management and development of science / technology parks, incubators, innovative clusters. The moderator was Prof. Herbert Chen – COO, TUSPark (China). The seminar was attended by representatives of other scientific and technological parks from different countries. TUSPark (Tsinghua University Science Park, Beijing) is the largest in the world with a turnover of 5.5 billion USD, and has prepared significant entrepreneurs.
Scholars, consultants, entrepreneurs and policy-makers from Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Pakistan, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine and USA took active participation in the conference.
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