The University of Essex has a range of conference facilities and regularly hosts local, national and international events.

International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF)

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About the Annual International Conference

The International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) was founded in October 2000 and is currently located at the Venture Academy, Essex Business School, at the University of Essex.

The IEF is an informal network of academics, policy makers and practitioners, who are brought together to discuss and interact with each other on issues related to entrepreneurship research, education and training.

During the past 15 years IEF has organised highly successful, refereed international conferences in different countries of Europe, Asia and the Middle East covering various aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. One of the most satisfying outcomes of all the events has been the identification of new interest, scholarship and insight into entrepreneurial activity, across different countries, demonstrating the value of learning in an international arena of thought and practice. This outcome informs the themes and topics chosen for each conference.

The IEF continues to work closely with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and its Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme.

15th International Entrepreneurship Forum

The Globalisation and Internationalisation of SMEs and New Ventures: Travels with Eclectic Charlie, Digital Mary, Networked Nadia and Impactful Shona.

14 - 16 December 2016, Venice, Italy. More details are available on our 15th IEF Conference website.

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Contact us

For general Venture Academy matters, please contact:

Professor Jay Mitra
Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation
Director of the Venture Academy,
Essex Business School, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1206 874859

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Other conferences in the network

7th Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship 2017

The Leuphana Conference, our sister conference, takes place at Luneburg University in January 2017.

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