Entrepreneurship research and education
The main idea of the ESU – concept is to gather people with similar views and interests who have a strong desire to share their knowledge and experiences in both entrepreneurship research and entrepreneurship education. A core element of the concept is to develop an European network, fed by European culture and rooted in their diversity and their specificities to facilitate, promote and foster the research and, doctoral education on entrepreneurship.
The ESU represents an academic “community in practice” that values democratic dialogue between PhD students, researchers and professors. It facilitates entrepreneurial learning and teaching research competences in entrepreneurship and stimulates cross-national and multidisciplinary research groups in Europe to work together to pose innovative research questions and projects to gain new understanding of entrepreneurship processes.
It offers a unique platform throughout the academic career from nascent PhD students to supervising professors to learn and work together in entrepreneurial holistic action and reflection-oriented processes. This takes place as interplay between a yearly conference, a four phase PhD programme, shared research activities and publication processes.
First Conference inspired in the European Summer University (ESU) programme by the French Government
Biannual Conferences developed the concept of Doctoral Programme and helped consolidate the ESU Network during the initial stage
From 2008 onwards, the ESU Conference and Doctoral Programme is held annually, hosted by a member of the ESU Network