Paper Development Workshop: The future of Research in Entrepreneurship Education

Thursday November 10th and Friday November 11th  2016 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Please download the full invitation here:

Deadline for registration and abstract is October 1st 2016.
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  • Receive constructive feedback from senior scholars within entrepreneurship education on a research paper.
  • Develop new paper ideas and contributions with fellow researchers.
  • Meet and network with senior scholars and peers who share similar interests in entrepreneurship education.
  • Improve the quality of future research on entrepreneurship education.


Welcome to an intensive Paper Development Work-shop with a unique opportunity for direct feedback and ideas to a specific paper you are working on.

This workshop will gather a small group of scholars within entrepreneurship education who share the interest of developing new contributions to the field.

The workshop format is set to be highly interactive and participants will be mutually engaged in contributing with feedback and have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on own work.

Furthermore, the workshop will have a number of key-note presentations from senior scholars with specific knowledge and insight into the research and paper development process in entrepreneurship.

In this unique setting, we will also together explore ideas for new papers and projects that can be facilitated across the participants.

The workshop is open to all academic scholars with an interest in the future of research in entrepreneurship education.

We offer this Paper Development Workshop as a key site for discussion of research-related professional development. The workshop brings a truly interactive

professional atmosphere with workshops and other organized activities that assist participants to develop higher-level publications.


This workshop is not only targeted doctoral students but broadly scholars and practitioners who wish to expand their network and collaboration within the field of entrepreneurship education.


VIA University College in association with Aarhus University.


  • Entrepreneurial identity
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Entrepreneurial learning
  • Nascent entrepreneurship
  • Female entrepreneurship
  • Narrative approaches to entrepreneurship


  • Helle Neergaard, Professor of Entrepreneurship, iCARE, Department of Business Administration at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her focus is on entrepreneurship, growth, effectuation, identity and gender.
  • Lorraine Warren, Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship – School of Management, Massey University, New Zealand. Her focus is on entrepreneurial identity, technology transfer, small business management and the creative industries/digital media.
  • Karen Williams, Middleton Associate professor at the Division of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Her focus is on nascent en-trepreneurship, entrepreneurial behavior and entre-preneurship education.
  • More to come


  • Researching Entrepreneurial Identity by Lorraine Warren.
  • Researching Nascent Entrepreneurship by Karen Williams Middleton.
  • Qualitative Research Techniques and Analysis by Helle Neergaard.
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Enter the Dragons…

It doesn’t seem like two minutes since Young Enterprise tee’d off at the Golf Club in Palmerston North.  This week, it’s the turn of the Dragons to have a look at some of those ideas that the students have been developing with their mentors since then.  Some exciting stuff new ideas on show, and great to work with the BCC in Palmy’s cool youth space.

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Keeping busy in rural New Zealand

Loving the regional development side of things.  As part of being appointed to Palmy’s Digital Leaders Forum, took  a look around the region at Whanganui’s link with the Intelligent Communities Forum, leading economist Shaumabil Eaqub on the panel good value as ever.  Separately, taking a change from looking at dairy, here’s the kiwifruit folks, Zespri, connecting at Massey last month.

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Young Enterprise tees off in Palmy

Some super ideas already on the table as the Manawatu region Young Enterprise Scheme began yesterday at the Manawatu Golf Club in Palmy.  Watch this space!


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A friend’s project – please read and support

A chance to make a difference to children’s education in the Himalayas

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Maori Academy of Science launch

Puhoro is about community and industry collaboration that recognises wider family networks (whanau) as key drivers of success for aspirant Maori technologists, scientists and engineers.  Great to see so many enthusiastic faces at the Maori Academy of Science launch – which was given a boost by science demos from Massey University and talks from role models such as Mana Vautier, a Maori NASA engineer, and Rick Searfoss, Space Shuttle pilot and commander, who showed us some of his snaps of New Zealand….   taken from Columbia – impressive!

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Summer Tech Challenge

Lovely to see local kids building robots for for the Summer Tech Challenge here in Palmy – a  collaboration between Palmerston North Libraries and Community Services and Massey University School of Engineering.  Lots of skill and ingenuity on display as well as a fun barbecue afterwards.  What really impressed me though was the persistence and tenacity when things didn’t go quite right first time – the steely determination to go through ‘pit stops’ trying to get it right.  As well as being great practice for engineering, it’s good practice for life too – the wheels do often come off, metaphorically as well as literally, and keeping going repeatedly in the face of that is what keeps entrepreneurs going as well as inventors and engineers.  Good to see the Mayor Grant Smith popping in to say hello too.

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Young Enterprise Scheme – Final awards, Creating futures (2)

Not long ago, I went to the regional awards for the Young Enterprise Scheme.  so exciting to be there for the finals in Wellington this week.  Gone are the days when YE students set up tiny  businesses based on crafts and local needs.  YES students are now coming through digitally aware with businesses that are building supply chains with potential for international development.  And I certainly never had that much poise and confidence when I was on stage  at 17/18!  Great to see Jeff Stangl present the Young Enntrepreneur of the Year Award to Michelle Fong, who along with other Award winners, receives a Massey Scholarship


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ANZAM 2015

Good to see colleagues old and new at the ANZAM conference last week.  Presented with new colleague Michael Breum Ramsgaard on learning in early stage food ventures in Denmark and New Zealand.  That as the first time I had met or presented with Michael in person.  It shows that great new projects can be created easily online – but meeting in person does add that extra dimension of trust that really gels things for the future.  Queenstown and the Skyline restaurant were gorgeous – I’ll be back!

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The Number 1 Start-up mistake?


I’ve been working for almost twenty years now with people trying to get new ideas for start-ups off the ground.  That includes undergraduate and postgraduate students from business schools and the sciences, as well as a variety of people from the wider public who come into ‘bootcamp’ weekends and start up accelerator events.  Some people are successful, but others are not.  Of course they always learn from their experiences, but I always feel it’s a shame when people come in with poorly formed ideas that are unlikely to ever get off the ground.  I find myself thinking that if only they had done a little more preparation, they would have got more out more out of their efforts.  Of course there are many reasons why a start-up idea might not result in a new venture, but one of the biggest is Building Something Nobody Wants, as pointed out on this site

Why does that happen?  I’ve looked at this using the well-known PESTLE analysis model:

  • Politically, there are high barriers.  I’ve seen people with some great ideas, particularly around social enterprises, where there could well be useful social value.  But the problems are often complex and there may be many existing agencies at work.  The chances of a small venture overturning the status quo are very small and these ideas usually remain at the level of an activist group.
  • Economically, the idea may solve a problem or meet a need – but people just aren’t willing to pay what it would cost to deliver the idea to any reasonable standard of product or service.
  • Socially, the idea may meet a demand, but may clash with social norms or ethics – particularly where young or vulnerable people are involved, or there are hidden health and safety issues.
  • Technologically, because something CAN be built, it doesn’t mean people want it.  Ideas in this category are sometimes called ‘solutions looking for a problem’, or a said to be a ‘tech push’ with no ‘market pull’.
  • Legally, your idea could run up against regulatory issues – there may be laws working against you.  Sometimes these are obvious, but other times, less so; for example, when you export or operate overseas, there may be quite unexpected obstructions.
  • Environmentally, you may not set out to damage the environment, but there may be hidden costs that stack up against you, around waste disposal for example.

Many, many ideas are seductive and exciting when you first think of them, but there may well be rocks under the water from the above list.  Don’t go too far down the track before you find them



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