On May 25th 2018 the FIRES-consortium will host its final conference in the Flemish Royal Academy in Brussels. There we will present the results of three years of EU sponsored studies on how to reform institutions to promote a more entrepreneurial Europe. During a one-day conference, in dialogue with high level experts and policy makers, the researchers will present a pragmatic approach for tailoring a reform strategy to the specific strengths and weaknesses of the different European regions. Our principal message is: Go beyond the usual recipes and start building on the existing institutional framework to support entrepreneurship in the diverse European local contexts!
The morning will be devoted to presenting the diagnostic tools we have developed in our project and discuss the scientific progress and remaining challenges our project brings to the fore. The afternoon will then be allocated to identifying who can and should do what, at what level in the policymaking process, to effectively implement reforms to promote a more Entrepreneurial Society in Europe.
The researchers will present the developed toolkit, show you how to use it and listen to your suggestions how these tools might be improved.
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Palace of the Academies
Rue Ducale 1
9:15-9:45 Opening: Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society
Dr. Mark Sanders Scientific Coordinator FIRES-project
9.45-10:15 Key-note: The Need for an Entrepreneurial Society in Europe
Prof. Dr. David Audretsch Distinguished Professor Ameritech Chair of Economic Development Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University.
10.15-10.45 Key-note: Diagnosis and Dialogue for Strengthening Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Prof. Erik Stam, University of Utrecht
11:15-13:00 Roundtable 1: Institutional reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society. A research assessment of the FIRES approach
Chair: Prof. Erik Stam, University of Utrecht
- FIRES Researchers
- External experts:
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:45 Roundtable 2: Institutional reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society – a policy perspective
Chair: Prof. Magnus Henrekson
- Representative from subnational regions – Committee of the Regions
- Bert Kuby – Committee of the Regions, Head of Unit Commission for Economic Policy.
- Representative from MS
- Stephan Raes Head of the Economic Affairs Department, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU
- Representative from EU/EC – DG Grow
- Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, Clusters and Entrepreneurship, European Commission
- Representative from OECD
- Jonathan Potter, Senior Economist, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development OECD
15:45-16:15 Key-note: The Entrepreneurial Society and the Transition to a Sustainable Europe
Marian Minnesma, Director of Urgenda, Netherlands (TBC)
16.15 Reception and Networking
See you in Brussels on May 25th 2018!
Please register your attendance here