EERN/EEDRP Ecosystem Symposium 2018

Adelaide, Australia | 8-9th July 2018

EERN: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Research, Policy, and Practice (9th July 2018)

The Oceania Chapter of EERN is pleased to present a prelude to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Creating Jobs Symposium with a day of mixed activities to reflect the very nature of entrepreneurial ecosystems and how they operate. 

In the spirit of enquiry and knowledge building, the day’s activities will commence at UniSA in the morning. The first meeting for the day will be a workshop on the interdisciplinary challenges that entrepreneurial ecosystems research confronts from the perspective of industry, technology, or sectoral drivers.

Following the morning discussion, we will join the Entrepreneurs Week celebrations with lunch before participating in your choice of concurrent afternoon sessions on a diverse range of topics such as entrepreneurship careers and skills, connectivity in ecosystems, policy discussions, indigenous issues, and agri-food technology advances at the Adelaide Convention Centre (a short walk). For more details please click here.

After Entrepreneurs Week, we will return to UniSA for a key note address by Prof Colin Mason, co-author of the 2014 pioneering work prepared for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on ‘Entrepreneurial ecosystems and growth-oriented entrepreneurship’. This is followed by a workshop on bridging between practice, policy, and research. This workshop will explore ways and means of improving the interactions among these three parties.

To conclude the day we will relax with drinks and dinner (optional) from 7pm at a separate venue located in the city among Adelaide’s laneway bar and restaurant culture to share ideas, experiences, insights, and questions.

A detailed program for the Research, Policy and Practice event is now available.

Confirmed speakers include:

Please sign up for this day by using the following link.

EEDRP: Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Creating Jobs Symposium (10th July 2018)

This event is organized by the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Dynamics Research & Policy (EED R&P) Group and sponsored by the Government of South Australia, Charles Sturt University, The University of Adelaide, University of the Sunshine Coast, and the Australian Centre for Asian Business School of Management.

The idea that entrepreneurship is a driver of economic growth and development has resonated with economists at least since the mid 1700’s. In the late 20th century the focus on entrepreneurship as an employment driver increased with research findings that showed new and young growth oriented firms—typified by such terms as gazelles and unicorns—produce the majority of new employment in an economy.

However, exactly how this comes about is not fully understood. Entrepreneurs do not act in isolation and increasingly the context of entrepreneurs is shown to matter. We know places and entrepreneurs are not all the same, so what explains the variation in entrepreneurial prevalence and persistence? How can the policy and practice of entrepreneurship be enhanced while respecting the unique characteristics, histories and communities of places?

In this Symposium ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Creating Jobs’ we will examine the issues related to entrepreneurial ecosystems. The objective is to tease apart the tangled threads of an entrepreneurial ecosystem to better understand the job creation story. While companies such as Seek Ltd, Atlassian and, more recently, Airplay Touch make national headlines reaching extraordinary market valuations and collectively contributing hundreds, if not thousands of jobs, how does this help regions that face declining industry sectors, such as manufacturing, losing equally large numbers of jobs? Entrepreneurial ecosystems have local, state, national and even global dimensions and an appreciation of each of these dimensions is an imperative if we are to truly claim that building entrepreneurial ecosystems will have a net positive effect on jobs growth in any specific locality.

The morning of the Symposium will include leading international academics who are contributing to the global dialogue on entrepreneurial ecosystems. They will be joined by local experts who will portray and discuss our Australian and South Australian challenges and experiences. This backdrop will set the scene for the afternoon interactive workshops where 3-4 challenges will be set and all Symposium participants will engage in an activity to tease apart the problem and identify potential resolutions. The day will be closed out with a sharing of our collective learning and setting the direction for future work and activity.

A program for the symposium is now available.

Confirmed speakers include:

Please sign up for this day by using the following link.

You can find further information about the South Australia Entrepreneurs Week 2018 here.

For any questions or queries, please get in touch with Bernd Wurth or Laura Andreoli van Schijndel