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International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF)
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.
IEF Conference contact details
For the IEF Conference please contact us at
14th International Entrepreneurship Forum (South Africa, 2015)
16 - 18 September 2015 (Cape Town, South Africa)
13th International Conference (Columbia, 2014)
31 July - 2 August 2014 (Bogota, Columbia)
12th International Conference (Lithuania, 2013)
4-6 September 2013 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
11th International Conference (Malaysia, 2012)
3-6 September 2012 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
10th International Conference (Bahrain, 2011)
9-11 January 2011 (Tamkeen, Bahrain)
9th International Conference (Istanbul, 2009)
17th - 19th September 2009 (Sabanci University, Istanbul)
8th International Conference (India, 2008)
17th - 19th December 2008 (Mudra Institute of Communications
Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad, India)
7th International Conference (China, 2007)
30th - 31st August 2007 (Shanghai Fudan University, China)
6th International Conference (Latvia, 2006)
31 August to 2 September 2006 (Riga, Latvia)
5th International Conference (South Africa, 2005)
7th - 9th September 2005 (Cape Town, South Africa)
4th International Conference (France, 2004)
22 to 24 September 2004 at University of Paris, Dauphine
- 3rd International Conference (Bangalore, India, 2003)
- 2nd International Conference (Beijing, China, 2002)
- 1st International Conference (Naples, Italy, 2001)
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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7th Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship 2017
The Leuphana Conference, our sister conference, takes place at
Luneburg University in January 2017.