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7th Int. Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional

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Originally From: George Angelos Papadopoulos <george at>

First CFP: The 7th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD 2014)

*** First Call for Papers ***

The 7th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (ICEIRD 2014)

5-6 June 2014, Hilton Hotel | Nicosia, Cyprus


Abstract submission, January 20, 2014

Full paper submission, March 1, 2014

Conference Theme: Igniting Regional Economies - Knowledge, Innovation              and Entrepreneurship in South East Europe

In the face of fragile economic recovery following the economic and financial crisis of 2008, many firms all  around the world continue to invest in growth-enhancing activities to achieve a sustainable development. While the crisis has heavily hit all aspects of business vested interests, investments in innovation, entrepreneurship  and regional partnership have been the key priority to ensuring a strong and stable economic growth.

The objective of the conference is to gather decision makers (government, ministries and state agencies), innovation  experts (universities, research and development centres, technology transfer centres, start-up centres) and practitioners  (smes, business incubators and business support organisations) to generate discussion and exchange on the potential of  entrepreneurship promotion and innovation to national and regional competitiveness.


Creativity, Complexity and Competitiveness Issues for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in SEE vs. other regions  (EU and other)

* Leveraging e-skills for innovation in the knowledge society
* Managing and Leveraging Complexity, Creativity and Innovation in SMEs
* Trust, Respect, Culture and Collaboration Issues for SMEs in SEE vs.
   other regions (EU and other)
* Leadership and Management practices that can be applied to SMEs
* SME Knowledge management and technology transfer
* SME Business process modeling
* New Technology Ventures Financing
* Business incubation management and leadership
* Human Resources Practices for promoting innovation for SMEs

South East European Entrepreneurial Innovation Clusters

* SMEs' Entrepreneurship as an Innovation Driver * Opportunities and barriers for closer cooperation between South East    European SMEs in Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

Strategic Integration vs. Flexibility and SME Competitiveness

* Innovation Clusters, Technology Transfer and Social Entrepreneurship * Social Networking as Driver of EICs formation * Science & Technology Parks and EICs * Young and Women Entrepreneurs development via EICs * Benchmarking of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Best Practices in the    region * Innovation policy in SMEs

Technology Innovation, Transfer and Commercialization across Governement, University, Industry domains

* The role of the State and Public Policy with regards to SME Innovation    and Entrepreneurship * Governmental and regional policies on entrepreneurship and innovation * Entrepreneurial Universities and Entrepreneurial Innovation Clusters * Entrepreneurship education * University - Industry collaboration * ICT and SME Regional competitiveness * SMEs and the role of the Innovation Zone (business centers and    incubators) * Intangibles Valuation and Intellectual Property Rights * Innovative Supply Chain Management practices in SEE * Innovative Supply Chains * Information Technology proliferation in SEE SMEs

ICEIRD 2014 invites submissions of papers related to all the topics of interest of the conference.  Papers that address collaborations between industry and academia, case studies as well as experience reports on any  of the conference themes are welcome.  For more information on the conference topics, visit the ICEIRD 2014 webpage (


*Abstract submission

Authors are first requested to submit an about 100 words long abstract by January 20, 2014. Upon acceptance of the abstract by January 31, 2014 the authors should proceed to submit a full paper as per the instructions below.

* Full Papers (for review)

Authors are requested to submit a full paper of 6-10 pages in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format using the template found on the ICEIRD 2014 webpage ( The template has all the styles required for formatting the text.  The easiest way to prepare the camera ready is to download the template, delete all exixting text, add your unformatted text and  use the styles (top-left drop down menu) to format it. Only papers in this format will be published. Submitted papers, which will go  under blind review by at least two referees, must be submitted electronically through the EasyChair Conference System:

* Camera Ready Papers (after acceptance)

Following acceptance, authors are requested to sumbit a camera-ready paper using the template found on the website ( to the secretariat of ICEIRD2014 by email ( in both Microsoft Word or PDF format.

* Guidelines for Presentations

Each presentation will last 20 minutes (15 + 5 minutes for questions). All rooms are fully equiped. Presenters will be requested to  upload their presentation at least 15 minutes before the start of their session. Presenters could also use their own laptop. Techinal  support will be provided.

* Proceedings

The Conference Proceedings, including all papers presented, will be published as a SEERC book edited by the Conference Chairs.

* Post-Conference Special Journal Issues

Selected high quality papers from the conference will be recommended for publication in the special issues of international journals.  For more information please visit the ICEIRD 2014 webpage (

The official language of the conference is English.

Publication is dependent on at least one author registering to attend ICEIRD 2014.

Submissions should be submitted to the easychair account on or before the deadline:


Abstract submission (mandatory): 20th January 2014
Notification of abstract submission: 31st January 2014
Full paper submission: 1st of March 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: 15th of March 2014
Earlybird registration: 31th of March 2014
Camera ready paper submission: 31th of March 2014


Prof. George A. Papadopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus - General Chair

Prof. Panos H. Ketikidis, CITY College - International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Greece - Co-Chair

Stavriana A. Kofteros, Special Entrepreneurship & RDI Adviser, Democratic Rally (DISY), Cyprus - Co-Chair

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