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THE 1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION

Conference Theme: Frontiers of African Entrepreneurship
Venue: De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
Date: 13th and 14th June 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS (pdf)

Africa was once viewed by some as the ‘Dark Continent’ with a dominant narrative of poverty, wars, and under-development. Over the past decade, a new narrative of growth opportunities, value creation and inclusive development has taken hold, replacing the “heart of darkness” image. While significant challenges remain, stakeholders are moving away from the old model of top-down interventions to embrace a new paradigm of partnership underpinned by the agency of African people. Entrepreneurship is at the heart of this drive to transform challenges into shared opportunities, and launch a new era of growth and prosperity in the continent.

In the light of this, the Centre for Enterprise and Innovation at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK, invites scholars, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders to explore various dimensions of African Entrepreneurship at the 1st international conference on African Entrepreneurship. The conference aims to bring together a broad spectrum of participants with interests across various disciplines and sectors to explore new models of entrepreneurial activities in the continent. The conference will also feature a colloquium for PhD students on the first day of the conference. The thematic areas include, but are not limited to, the followings:

  1. African entrepreneurship: concepts and evolution
  2. Digital entrepreneurship and high-tech enterprises
  3. Innovation ecosystems for entrepreneurial value creation
  4. New models of entrepreneurial financing
  5. New approaches to smallholder agriculture and value chains
  6. Entrepreneurial and organisational resilience in turbulent environments
  7. Open enterprises, communities and co-production
  8. Entrepreneurial learning and youth entrepreneurship
  9. Gender and diversity issues in African entrepreneurship
  10. Social media and digital marketing in African enterprises
  11. Business strategies for customer value creation
  12. Corporate governance: innovative approaches and practices
  13. Entrepreneurship opportunities and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa
  14. Regional perspectives on African entrepreneurship
  15. Practitioner case studies: challenges and opportunities for upscaling and internationalisation

Registration Details

Conference fee: £250

Abstract submission: 15th February 2019

Registration opens: 22nd February 2019

Full papers submission: 14th May 2019

Conference website: REGISTRATION OPENS ON 22nd FEBRUARY. PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN

Abstracts indicating thematic area of submission should be sent to afripreneur@dmu.ac.uk (word count: 300 words max. in MS Word or PDF). Best conference papers will further be considered for publication in a journal special issue as well as an edited book collection. Publication details will be communicated in due course.