International Conference on University-Based Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: Theory, Empirics and Practical Implementation (ICUBERD)
University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics, Pécs, Hungary, 30 November – 1 December, 2017

Entrepreneurial activities either commercial or non-commercial ones are crucial drivers of both the economic and the social development of a region. Universities, as the sources of innovative ideas and new discoveries should take a leading role in initializing, catalyzing, and coordinating such activities to strengthen the regional innovation system and to integrate the stakeholders of the region into a wider international innovation system. By taking the lead in this process universities should solve socioeconomic problems that have the potential of helping communities in the region and also around the world. Those institutions that choose to be initiators, catalysts and coordinators of their regional innovation system should make changes on multiple domains, most importantly in the mindset of the stakeholders of the innovation system. How it can be pursued and what are the pitfalls of such a process is still to be discovered, debated and resolved. The conference aims to address two important domains: how to drive and manage a process of institutional transformation towards a more entrepreneurial model, and how university-based ecosystems can be nurtured in cultural, economic and socio-political environments that may not be naturally conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: October 31st, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: November 15th, 2017
  • Full Paper submission deadline: January 15th, 2018 Registration deadline: November 15th, 2017
  • Conference date: November 30th – December 1st, 2017

Abstract/Paper/Poster Submission
Papers will be presented at the conference in a thematic session.
Posters will be shown during a poster session. Prospective authors are kindly invited to submit abstract and/or full paper for presentation that shall be written and presented in English. The abstract should be no longer than 3,000 characters including spaces and should present the purpose of the research, the relevance of the problem, the methods, the main findings, and 5 to 7 keywords. Papers should have the following structure: introduction, literature review and conceptualization, methodology, results, and conclusion. The text should be 10-15 pages, 27,000-36,000 characters Times New Roman 12, single spacing. All articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically. Accepted abstracts, papers and posters will be published in the conference proceedings and further evaluated for possible submission to the special issue of The Hungarian Journal of Marketing and Management.

Abstract submission/registration and further information here

Organized by
Simonyi Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center (RIERC) MTA-PTE Innovation and Economic Growth Research Group University of Pécs Faculty of Business and Economics