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Deadline Approaching: Workshop on Urban Startup Ecosystems

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The discussion on entrepreneurial ecosystem has reached increasing attention from researchers, policy makers and practitioners mainly due to the enormous impact of entrepreneurial ecosystems on their regional economic well-being. Despite the increasing interest in this topic, many questions remain open. The workshop on urban startup ecosystem aims at establishing a platform for researchers to discuss recent issues of entrepreneurial ecosystems and a possible research agenda, to connect researchers, to create partnerships, and to jointly find answers to open questions in ecosystem research.

Topics & Format

The workshop on urban startup ecosystem welcomes all kinds of academic research papers. They can be conceptual in nature, empirical papers (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods), or literature reviews. There is no full paper submission for this workshop so that studies in early stage are also encouraged to submit. The length of the abstract should be between 2 – 4 pages (A4, single space and Times New Roman Size 12). All abstracts should be submitted to by June 01, 2017. Please indicate to which track (competitive or interactive sessions) you are applying.

You can submit an abstract of your research in both early and late stages. If you are interested in presenting a research idea in the initial phase, please submit your abstract to the interactive paper session which offers authors to briefly present their preliminary research ideas and intensively discuss it with the audience. If your study is already close to the finalization stage, please make a submission to the competitive paper sessions which offer authors opportunities to give a longer presentation. Your abstracts will be allocated to either type of sessions based on your preference and status.


Prof. Dr. David B. Audretsch (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

Workshop organizers

Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling (University of Bremen, Germany)
Thomas Baron (University of Bremen, Germany)
Dr. Aki Harima (University of Bremen, Germany)

Particular areas of interest

  • Explain entrepreneurial ecosystems by entrepreneurship theory
  • Conceptualisation of entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Dynamics of and in entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Performance of entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Governance of entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Capitals of entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • The roles and impacts of ecosystem actors
  • Skilled migrants and transnational entrepreneurship as driver of entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Development of theoretical and practical implications
  • Challenges in entrepreneurial ecosystem development
  • Research methodology in entrepreneurial ecosystem research


We invite authors to submit abstracts (2 – 4 pages; A4, single space and Times New Roman Size 12) for program considerations. Submissions must be made in English. Please submit your text in a single document arranged in the following order:

  1. Title page with contact information of all the authors
  2. Abstract of your paper consisting of no more than 1,200 words (without author’s name and contact information)

Please send your submission to by June 01, 2017.

Abstract submission: 1 June 2017

Selection notification: 8 June 2017

Workshop date: 19 July 2017


This one-day workshop will be held at the “Bremer Baumwollbörse” in Bremen, Germany. The participation fee is 75 Euro and includes light lunch, coffee, and water during the workshop on July 19, 2017. The ticket prize includes a small get-together (welcome reception) which takes place in the evening of July 18, 2017. Please note that we offer a ‘combi-ticket’ for those participants who are interested in taking part in the MDE Workshop on Refugee Entrepreneurship, which will take place in Bremen on July 18, 2017. Workshop registration will remain open until June 20, 2017. To enable an international dissemination of the workshop results, we are currently in contact with international journals to develop a special issue from this workshop.

Please register here.

Visit for further information or download the workshop flyer here.

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