ESU conferences

ESU 2021

University of Groningen,
Groningen, Netherlands

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ESU 2022

University of Seville
Seville - Spain

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ESU 2020

Hanken School of Economics
Helsinki, Finland

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ESU 2019

University of Sannio,
University of Naples Parthenope,
University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli,
Naples, Italy

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ESU 2018

Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Lodz, Poland.

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ESU 2017

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

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ESU 2016

EMLYON Business School, Ecully. Lyon, France

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ESU 2015

Southampton Solent Business School, Southampton Solent University, UK

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ESU 2014

Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship Lund,

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ESU 2013

Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, ISCTE – IUL,
Lisboa, Portugal

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ESU 2012

University of Southern Denmark,
Kolding, Denmark

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ESU 2011

University of Seville, Spain

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ESU 2010

University of Tartu, Estonia

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ESU 2009

Sannio University of Benevento, Italy

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ESU 2008

Bodø Graduate School of Business, Norway

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ESU 2007

EM Lyon Entrepreneurship Research Centre, France

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ESU 2006

University of Tampere, School of Economics
and Business Administration, Hämeelinna, Finland

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ESU 2004

University of Twente, Netherlands

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ESU 2002

Valence, France

ESU 2021 – Groningen, The Netherlands – August 29 – September 4 2021


Deadline extension: April 26


The University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship (The Netherlands) is very honored to host ESU 2021 Conference and Doctoral Program from August 29 to September 4, 2021.


The aim of ESU is to strengthen European research traditions and networks in entrepreneurship by focusing on both scholarly sessions as well as on the culture and heritage the hosting country and region has to offer.

ESU also provides a friendly setting for junior scholars to interact and build ties within the research community, and to learn important skills for their future careers. Supervisors, researchers and PhD students from international institutions, active in entrepreneurship research and education, come together to share experiences and create new international networks, in a friendly environment.

ESU Doctoral Program is organized in the following format:

Plenary sessions on specific topics with keynote speakers who will inspire you and invite critical reflection on a variety of topics related to entrepreneurship: interesting topics, innovative methodologies, publication process, among other.

Group discussions and presentations where you will have the opportunity to present your work, discuss the work from peers and receive feedback from experienced scholars.

There will be three groups for the doctoral program:

  • Early stage group: Students in this group have not started their PhD studies or are in their first year. They present their research proposals.
  • Work in progress group: Students in this group are in the middle of their PhD studies and will present their early phase research.
  • Mature group: Students in this group have completed their PhD research and will present their results papers.

Participating in the ESU Doctoral Program and all its tasks grants you up to 6 ECTS. Please consult the detailed overview of tasks in this link: Syllabus Hybrid program.

In addition to the Doctoral Program, the ESU Conference offers regular conference tracks open to all attendees. All the presentations will take place on Conference Day, Wednesday September 1. In particular, we invite submissions from:

  • Postdocs: they hold a postdoctoral position. They are invited to present their own paper and perform as a discussant in conference sessions. They may also be invited to act as junior coaches for PhD students, and they have some dedicated group presentations.
  • Professors: they hold an academic position (permanent or on tenure track). They are invited to present their own paper in conference sessions. They may be invited as senior coaches for PhD students in the group sessions and act, in some cases, as keynote in plenary sessions.


Venue and format

As we have communicated previously, we have been following the developments of the pandemic situation carefully and have put a lot of attention into all the factors influencing the plans for ESU 2021. After considering several factors, the opinions of participants and the current restrictions and uncertainties we are still facing in the pandemic context, we had to make the decision to organize ESU 2021 fully online. This enables us to plan in a safe and certain manner, have a well-defined program and still provide the opportunity for you to present and receive feedback on your work. Additionally, we can guarantee you that we are putting our best knowledge and effort in creating a program that is appealing, engaging and creates opportunities for interaction in this format. Therefore, we hope you stay enthusiastic and will help us make ESU 2021 a success!



ESU 2021 has the support of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB). Every year, ESU hands out a best paper award per Doctoral program group. The winners of the best paper award (the first author of each paper) receive a one-year PhD membership at ECSB, which grants access to the network and to the different initiatives organized throughout the year such as webinars, paper development workshops, and access to information about the network’s main conferences.



April 16Deadline extension: April 26:  Deadline for abstract submissions

July 4: Deadline for full paper submission

July 15: Deadline for early bird registration



For both Doctoral Program and Conference: max. 500 words abstracts, single spaced, Times New Roman 12pt, capitalized first letters in title, no more than ten words in title, no reference list. Since all abstracts are reviewed using a double-blind review process, it is compulsory that neither names nor contact details appear on the text (besides in the appropriate fields of the template).

A template of the abstract is available here (Abstract Template), and we ask you to use it for your submission.

Please send your abstract by email to:

Publication opportunities


– Electronic Conference Proceedings: unless publication is explicitly waived by the author(s) at the time of the paper’s submission, all accepted submissions will be published in the Electronic Conference Proceedings with ISBN number.

– Book series: This year you are invited to prepare your abstract for ESU aiming at publishing it as a book chapter in the book Stimulating Entrepreneurial Activity in a European Context: Reflection on Programs, Courses and Cases, to be published by Edward Elgar on the European Research in Entrepreneurship series. Prospective authors will receive preliminary feedback from the editors at ESU 2021 to help craft their manuscripts towards publication. The chapters will afterwards undergo a review process. Please read the full Call for Chapters here

– Journal Special Issue: ESU collaborates with the Journal of Enterprising Communities (Emerald). This year you are invited to prepare your work aiming at publishing it on the journal’s Special Issue on Understanding the Entrepreneurial Process Through a Multidisciplinary Lens: Insights from Entrepreneurship Research in Europe. Prospective authors will receive preliminary feedback from the guest editors at ESU 2021 to help craft their manuscripts towards publication. The submitted papers will afterwards undergo a reviews process and follow regular editorial process in the journal. Please read the full Call for Papers here

When submitting your abstract, you will be asked to indicate if your work is a prospective submission to one of these publication opportunities (book or special issue).


Physical attendance early bird fee – before July 15th: €500

Physical attendance early bird fee – Doctoral students: €450

Physical attendance late registration: €550

The fee for attendance on site includes participation in the conference and doctoral program (6 ECTS program), meals during the conference and several dinners.


Online attendance early bird fee – before July 15th: €200

Online attendance early bird fee – Doctoral students: €150

The fee for online attendance includes participation in the conference and doctoral program (4 ECTS program), access to all conference materials online.


Refunds and cancelations: Cancelations and refunds will need to be requested no later than July 31st, 2021. After that date no refunds will be issued.

Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Aard Groen

Dr. Sílvia Costa

Dr. Inna Kozlinska

Dr. Olga Belousova

Aniek Ouendag, MSc

If you have any questions please contact us at with the subject “ESU 2021”. We look forward to receiving your submissions!