Welcome note

The Chairpersons of ICEIRD2017


Prof Panayiotis Ketikidis, PhD
South East European Research Centre (SEERC)
Thessaloniki, Greece


Prof. Tim Vorley, PhD
Professor of Entrepreneurship
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Dear Friends, Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for us, the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, together with the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) to host the 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD-2017) on 31st August – 1st September 2017 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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. 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.

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.

Academic papers, practitioner cases and provocative expositions in all areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development are invited with particular emphasis on the themes of the conference:

  • 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

Thessaloniki is a popular destination, where you will certainly enjoy a pleasant and interesting stay among friendly people. The atmosphere is unique both during the day, in the historical, commercial and shopping centres, but especially during the evening, as you may enjoy a wide variety of bars, restaurants and theatres for entertainment. Thessaloniki is renowned for its unique location along the Thermaikos gulf, its sunset, its long history, its monuments and museums as well as its distinguished cuisine. We hope that all the delegates will have a successful conference, along with the chance to enjoy some of the traditional Greek hospitality for which our country is widely known.

Taking this occasion, we would like to cordially invite you all to the 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD-2017) on 31st August- 1st September 2017 in Thessaloniki, Greece.


Prof Panayiotis H. KETIKIDIS and Prof Tim VORLEY

Chairpersons of ICEIRD 2017