BCERC Introductions

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BCERC Introductions

.Andrew Zacharakis

Andrew Zacharakis, 2018 BCERC Co-Director - Babson College

The 2018 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) Co-sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), School of Business (WIT), Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), and the Irish Network for Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE), being held in Waterford, Ireland, on June 6-9, 2018, ensures to be an inspiring, educational and social event, bringing together the world’s trailblazers in entrepreneurship research.

I am delighted to be Co-Directing the conference with Bill O’Gorman, a world foremost academic in the field of entrepreneurship and extensive contributor to BCERC.We are thrilled to have Collette Kirwan, a leading researcher and attendee of BCERC as the Director of the Doctoral Consortium Program.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of the longest established (1970), largest and most academically respected Institutes of Technology in Ireland. It is an autonomous Higher Education Institution operating within the Irish National Qualifications Network. WIT graduates are recognized worldwide and occupy senior positions in major companies in Ireland and around the world.

WIT is the major provider of higher education in the Southeast region of Ireland. The Institute's range and scope reflect the changing needs of the Southeast as well as the Ccountry as a whole. The range of academic programmes is extensive, ranging from Higher Certificate to post-doctoral research and covering the Humanities, Health and Nursing, Science and Informatics, Engineering and Architecture, Business and Education.  Being the major provider of higher education in the Southeast region of Ireland, the Institute’s current full time student body is in excess of 7,500 while part-time student enrolments exceed 2,500.

The School of Business at WIT, one of Ireland’s largest integrated Business Schools, is a unique learning community priding itself on its relationship with its students. The School incorporates undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and entrepreneurial education, with links to business, the professions, and international education.

Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE)

The Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) is one of the conduits of WIT’s mission to be a major contributor to the economic growth and development of Ireland’s Southeast region. With extensive expertise amongst its academic and research staff, in a wide range of disciplines, WIT is well resourced to be a key force in supporting, promoting and developing entrepreneurship in the region. CEDRE brings this expertise together in an open, flexible and collegiate manner.

Ireland's Network of Teachers and Researchers in Entrepreneurship (INTRE)

Ireland's Network of Teachers and Researchers in Entrepreneurship (INTRE) is in the Digital Hub in Dublin.  The network aims to improve the quantity and quality of entrepreneurship research in Ireland and to support development of a strong international reputation in this area.

We are honored to partner with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), School of Business (WIT), Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), and the Irish Network for Teachers and Researchers of Entrepreneurship (INTRE), and are pleased to welcome researchers world-wide to exchange and present their entrepreneurial vision and passion.  I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)  in June 2018.

bill o gorman

Professor Bill O’Gorman, 2018 BCERC Co-Director, Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE)

It is truly exciting to be part of the excellent team that will be hosting you here in Waterford during the 2018 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). The conference will take place in the newly opened and largest conference centre in South East Ireland, the WIT Arena which is part of Waterford Institute of Technology’s west campus.

Since 2000, I have been attending the BCERC and have always found the presentations, papers and discussions stimulating and impactful for both my research and work here in CEDRE. One of the most important aspects of BCERC is its international dimension and the bringing together of entrepreneurship scholars from many nations across the world. As a result, over the years many of the BCERC debates have had a direct influence on CEDRE’s research activities in domains such as female entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and indentifying the factors that stimulate entrepreneurs to engage with and remain engaged with business learning networks. Leading research from previous BCERCs has also provided CEDRE with concepts that have shaped our analysis, thinking and inputs to enhancing regional entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation policies.

In summary, my advice to all scholars attending BCERC 2018 is to come to the conference prepared to share your research and experience and to learn from others so that you too can ‘stand on the shoulder of giants’ in the fields of entrepreneurship research, pedagogy, and practice.

In conclusion, I hope you will also relax and take part in our social events during the week of the conference. These social events are equally important for the sharing and exchange of knowledge that often lead to lasting, international research and collaboration partnerships.

Have a great, informative and collaborative time at BCERC 2018. 

tom o toole

Professor Willie Donnelly, President WIT, and Dr. Tom O’Toole, Dean, School of Business

It is an honour for Waterford Institute of Technology and its School of Business to welcome you to the 38th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC). BCERC’s reputation as the world’s leading conference in entrepreneurship research, pedagogy, and practice fits neatly with the Institute’s entrepreneurship and innovation strategies and is aligned with the School’s core theme of developing thinking professionals fit for business and fit for life.

Hosting the BCERC 2018 will also enhance the School’s and Institute’s leadership role in developing and implementing open Regional Innovation Ecosystems. We have no doubt that your time here, presenting and discussing your research with leaders in the field, and your interactions with our entrepreneurship educators and researchers will lead to further significant contributions in the fields of entrepreneurship pedagogy, research and practice.

Welcome. We hope you enjoy your stay with us. We also hope you will take some time off to relax and enjoy our hospitality, traditions, culture, history and picturesque scenery.

colette kirwan

Dr. Collette Kirwan, Director of the BCERC Doctoral Consortium 2018

My colleagues and I are delighted to host the BCERC Doctoral Consortium 2018. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) which is located in the South-East of Ireland. The BCERC Doctoral Consortium team has developed an interactive programme that will be both enriching and rewarding for your personal and research development.

The BCERC Doctoral Consortium will take place in ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre and the WIT Arena, both of which are on WIT’s West Campus. The West Campus is a beautiful woodland setting beside the River Suir which is also home to the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), the Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) and 21 micro-enterprises and SMEs (these are a combination of spin-outs from and spin-ins to TSSG). TSSG is one of the largest information and communications technology research groups in Ireland and is renowned in Europe for its leadership in this field of research, application and commercialisation. CEDRE, part of WIT’s School of Business, is an entrepreneurship research and applied education centre for entrepreneurs and regional policy makers. The goal of the ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre is to provide entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures with the support needed to achieve success in national and international markets. The Centre is also the home of the newly created, Enterprise Ireland supported, [email protected] Start-up Accelerator. The WIT Arena is the largest conference centre in the South East of Ireland. It is the newest addition to the WIT Campus and the venue for the BCERC Annual Conference. This multi-purpose building, also located at WIT’s West Campus, is a conference, entertainment and sporting venue