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Youth and Women Entrepreneurship in Challenging International (Global) Business Environment

Ninth International Conference
11 - 14 June 2018

Lighthouse Golf and SPA Resort, Black Sea, Bulgaria

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Mission of the Conference

The Conference’s mission is to get together professionals in the field from science, teaching, practice and policy makers to exchange opinions, problems, good practices.


Who should attend this conference?

  • Researchers
  • Teachers
  • Doctoral students/students
  • Entrepreneurs/managers
  • Policy-makers
  • Consultants


General (panel) and specific (in sessions) topics will be discussed during the Conference. Among them will be:

  • Theories, concepts of youth and women entrepreneurship (Y&WE)
  • The profile of successful young and women entrepreneurs
  • Behavioural characteristics of successful international young and women entrepreneurs
  • Youth and women entrepreneurship in cross-cultural and multi-religious environment
  • Policy support for youth and women entrepreneurship
  • Comparison between men and women entrepreneurship
  • Determining factors for youth and women entrepreneurship success
  • Business and international network of young and women entrepreneurs
  • Motivation factors for youth and women start-ups
  • Specific approaches, methods and forms for training and consulting/mentoring for young and women entrepreneurs
  • Preparing young entrepreneurs as future leaders
  • Transition of young and women entrepreneurs to managers and back
  • Young and women entrepreneurs as strategists, innovators, and networkers
  • Cultural and psychological aspects of youth and women entrepreneurship

The above subtopics are indicative. The participants could also prepare presentations in closed or interdisciplinary areas.

In the frame of the conference there will be organised:

  • Round table: How to make a bridge between scientists/trainers and practitioners: discussions, real cases analyses, recommendations. Led by Professor Ken O’Neill, University of Ulster, UK, the first person in the UK awarded The Queen’s Award for Enter-prise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Doctoral seminar: How to prepare a dissertation and how to publish in a renowned international journal in the field? Led by Professor David Smallbone, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK, Past President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB)
  • Meetings with institutions/policy-makers and firms.

The best papers will be published in special issue of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice (ET&P), The International Review of Entrepreneurship (IRE), and Conference Proceedings. The Editor-in-Chief of IRE Prof. Andrew Burke and Dr. Panagiotis Kotsios – Guest Editor of ET&P will participate also in the conference..