EURAM 2020 Symposium

4-6 December 2020 | Virtual

Description of the Symposium

There is a growing consensus regarding what an entrepreneurial ecosystem is and that ‘top-down’ and ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches to fostering entrepreneurial activity and growth are not effective. However, the implication for policy as well as entrepreneurial and managerial practice remain unclear. The complex interdependencies between ecosystem elements and the role of different actors and their networks requires further research. This involves both new conceptualizations of how entrepreneurial ecosystems integrate existing body of literatures on other territorial systems of innovation as well as platform ecosystems and global value chains, but also methodological innovations such as the use of big data to understand the microfoundations of ecosystems and their complex interactions.

The symposium aligns well with the conference theme (“The business of now: the future starts here”) and aims demonstrate how research on entrepreneurial ecosystems can support developing sustainable societies. Ecosystems enable entrepreneurship which, in turn, is as a means for supporting economic development (in a wider sense beyond simple GDP growth) and aggregate value creation. This symposium strikes a balance between focusing on the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept but also opening the discussion to involve a number of EURAM attendees that are not directly involved in this line of research. Participants should leave the symposium inspired and with new connections and collaborations to address wider socio-economic issues via ecosystem research.

Building on work of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Research Network (EERN) and an existing line of workshops and events, both independently and at leading academic conferences, the symposium brings together a number of leading experts.

Links to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

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Conference Information

The EURAM 2020 Conference will be held virtually from 4th-6th December 2020. The conference has over 1,000 registered attendees presenting more than 750 papers or participating in 25 symposia.

The preliminary programme can be found here.

Information about the keynote panels can be found here.

Overview of EURAM symposia can be found here.


Bernd Wurth
University of Strathclyde

Bernd Wurth is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Strathclyde Business School. He has previously worked at Utrecht University School of Economics and was a Fulbright scholar during his graduate studies in the US. His research aims to understand the economy as a complex system and using entrepreneurial ecosystems as a frame of reference for understanding regional socio-economic dynamics. His doctoral research focuses on developing a hybrid SD/ABM simulation in the context of academic entrepreneurship and university ecosystems. He is a co-founder and current managing director of EERN.

Christina Theodoraki
Toulouse Business School

Christina Theodoraki is Professor in Entrepreneurship & Strategy at TBS in France. Her thesis on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Incubator Strategies received two Best Dissertations Awards from the AEI academy and the AIREPME research association. She is also Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Strategies at SPEA at the University of Indiana. Her areas of research include entrepreneurial ecosystem, entrepreneurial support, and inter-organizational strategies with a focus on business incubators. She is member of the management team of EERN. Her work is published in Small Business Economics, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

Erik Stam
Utrecht University

Erik Stam is Full Professor at the Utrecht University School of Economics, where he holds
the chair of Strategy, Organization and Entrepreneurship. Next to this he is co-founder and Academic Director of the Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship, board member of the
Utrecht University Strategic Research Theme Institutions, and research director of the
Utrecht University School of Economics. He held positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena), and the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He is editor of Small Business Economics.

Ben Spigel
University of Edinburgh

Ben Spigel is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Business School. He is an internationally recognised expert on entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurship policy, and the geography of high growth entrepreneurship. His work has examined the growth, development, and impact of entrepreneurial ecosystems in the US, Canada, and the UK. His work has been published in major journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the Journal of Economic Geography, and Regional Studies. His current research focuses on the ways in which Scottish technology entrepreneurs draw resources from their local entrepreneurial ecosystems and how this affects their growth and innovation potential.