About Us



Over the past 10 years, ICEIRD has become one of the leading entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development conferences in Europe, attracting academics and practitioners from around the world. ICEIRD over the past decade has focused on the importance of universities, industry and government, and how innovation-led growth can be promoted.

Theme of ICEIRD

As an innovative conference, which brings together academics, policymakers, practitioners, and businesses (companies), this year  the theme of ICEIRD is to advance research and to practice university-industry links. The conference is structured around three themes focused on research, co-production and commercialization through university-industry links.

We are inviting papers and contribution for panel sessions to foster stronger university-industry links to leverage stronger competitiveness and growth of regions. To achieve this ICEIRD is looking to promote the dialogue and knowledge exchange across these communities, through the participation of academics, commercialization practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and businesses (companies) in order to enhance the impact of university-industry links to the growth potential of countries.

ICEIRD aims at academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy- makers and businesses interested in the theory and practice of university-industry links as well as innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development

The 10th (anniversary) edition of ICEIRD will bring leading names under the following sessions:

10th ICEIRD (2017) Sessions

  • Researching: Innovative and entrepreneurial teaching and learning
  • The evolving role of universities in innovation systems
  • Creating entrepreneurial societies: The triple helix and beyond (ecosystem evolution)
  • Coproducing: University-Industry technology transfer and knowledge exchange
  • Coproducing: Anchor-institutions and regional economic development
  • Coproducing: Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Value co-creation and services to clients in the digital economy
  • Co-creation and new disruptive innovation models
  • Societal challenges and reverse engineering of solutions
  • Co-creation and citizen driven innovation society
  • Co-development, living labs and smart cities
  • Commercializing: Startups and Spinouts: challenges and best practices
  • Commercializing: Early stage investment & (venture) funding
  • Commercializing: Investing in Innovation: financing growth
  • Innovation and digital solutions for sustainable development
  • Frugal innovation and the paradoxes of growth

We welcome:

  • Abstract (max. 500 words)
  • Full papers: 8 pages
  • Short papers: 4 pages
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Work in progress
  • Special sessions
  • Workshops
  • Round-tables

We welcome proposals for other sessions from interested parties