The next IECER conference on Institutions for an Entreprenuerial Society will be held on 20-22 September 2017. FIRES hopes to be strongly represented  and encourages all FIRES involved researchers to submit papers. The submission deadline of both Full and Research-in-Progress papers is 28th May 2017. For information please go to the website: Read more

FIRES representation at WINIR conference: Call for papers

The next WINIR conference on Institutional Research will be held at Utrecht University. FIRES hopes to be strongly represented once again and encourages all FIRES involved researchers to submit papers. The abstract submission deadline is March 13th. For information please go to the website Keynote speeches will be given by Johanna Mair (Hertie School of... Read more

Call for Papers: ‘Evolution and Co-Evolution of Regional Innovation Processes’

On 29 June 2017 a workshop titled ‘Evolution and Co-Evolution of Regional Innovation Processes’ will be organized in Heilbron (Germany) by one of FIRES researchers, Prof. Michael Fritsch (FSU Jena). The organizers are inviting interested researchers to submit proposals for presentations at the workshop by 28 February 2017. Here you can find more information on the workshop... Read more

FIRES Conference Utrecht a Success

On October 12-14 the FIRES-consortium met in Utrecht for a successful and productive consortium meeting. The program started on Wednesday 12th with the executive board meeting, followed by intense internal discussions on policy and reform ideas for Europe’s financial sector, knowledge institutions and labor markets on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. These ideas were collected in... Read more

Prof. Marijk van der Wende confirmed as keynote at FIRES meeting on october 14th

We are proud and honored to announce that Professor, Marijk van der Wende, Professor of Higher Education and Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University has kindly agreed to deliver a keynote address entitled “The Role of Higher Education Systems in the Entrepreneurial Society” at our second annual FIRES-consortium meeting in Utrecht on October 14th.... Read more

Professor Sjoerd Romme’s keynote cancelled due to illness

Unfortunately Prof. Sjoerd Romme had to cancel his keynote address at our conference due to illness. Fortunately we have found an excellent replacement in Prof. Dr. Marijk van der Wende. Marijk van der Wende is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Utrecht University. In that capacity she is responsible for supporting the development of graduate... Read more

Dr. Peter Vogel will deliver e-keynote

We are honoured to announce that Dr. Peter Vogel, Author of Generation Jobless, Managing Director at Peter Vogel Strategy Consulting and Director Custom Programs at the Executive School of the University of St. Gallen has accepted our invitation to deliver a keynote address titled: “Entrepreneurship as a Solution for European Youth Unemployment” at our public event... Read more

Professor Sjoerd Romme confirmed as keynote speaker

We are proud and honoured to announce that Professor Sjoerd Romme (1960) has kindly agreed to deliver a keynote speech at the second FIRES-meeting this October in Utrecht. Professor Romme is professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Technical University of Eindhoven and from 2007 to 2014 acting as Dean of the department of Industrial... Read more

Positive evaluation of FIRES project during the mid-term review

On 12 September 2016, eleven representatives of the FIRES consortium came to Brussels for a mid-term review of the project. During this one-day event, the work package leaders presented the progress achieved in their work packages in the first year of the project implementation and elaborated on further specific questions received from the reviewers and... Read more

FIRES Researchers Dilli and Elert win best paper award at IECER2016

At the IECER2016 Conference FIRES researchers Dilli and Elert were awarded the Best Paper Award for their paper: The Diversity of Entrepreneurial Regimes in Europe. Presented in the FIRES Track at the conference the jury commended her innovative approach and the clear practical implications of the work for effective entrepreneurship policy making. Of course many... Read more

Successful FIRES Track at IECER2016 in Chur, Switzerland

Today FIRES-researchers Luca Grilli, Gresa Latifi, Selin Dilli and Mark Sanders presented ongoing work and research results from the FIRES-project at the IECER2016 conference in Chur, Switzerland. The audience, mostly academics and entrepreneurship scholars form various disciplines but also including entrepreneurs, particularly in the sharing economy, had a lively exchange and many useful suggestions and... Read more

FIRES Conference Utrecht 2016

On October 12-14 the FIRES-consortium will meet in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Main purpose of the meeting is to have an open discussion about the institutional reform proposals that are taking shape. On October 12 and 13 the consortium members will discuss amongst each other and with the advisory board what proposals we can make, based... Read more

FIRES presented preliminary reform proposals at Campus Party

On Friday, 27 May at 0:00 AM Mark Sanders presented three radical ideas for the European Entrepreneurial Society to an audience of young (wannabee) entrepreneurs at the Campus Party in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Campus Party Utrecht 2016 was part of the larger Startup Delta Startup Fest that brought together entrepreneurs, investors and many more stakeholders... Read more


Call for papers – workshop on “Entrepreneurship and the Labor Market”

Michael Fritsch is co-organizing the workshop on “Entrepreneurship and the Labor Market”. The conference looks at the link between the labor market’s influence on deciding to start an own business and the emergence and the performance of new firms that may have considerable direct and indirect employment effects. The conference will take place on April 22-23 2016... Read more


FIRES at The New Dutch

On Friday November 13th FIRES engaged with bankers and startups to discuss ways in which the financial sector can facilitate entrepreneurship at The New Dutch, organised by Holland Fintech in Volkshotel, Amsterdam. The day was opened by his royal majesty Prins Constantijn and featured all Dutch major banks (ABN, Rabobank, ING and SNS) as well as... Read more


FIRES present at European Conference on the Future Internet

On November 5-6 2015 FIRES engaged with entrepreneurs, investors and accelerators present at the third European Conference on the Future Internet. We talked to visitors at our stand, ran an experiment in a mobile lab (in collaboration with Humboldt University zu Berlin) and invited participants to fill out our survey on matching investors and entrepreneurs.... Read more


Successful kick-off event in Berlin on September 2-4

FIRES was formally launched with a productive and inspiring 3 day event at Adlershof, Berlin. The consortium partners met on Wednesday and Thursday preparing the work in the project and on Friday the project was officially launched in the presence of our distinguished guests, representing important stakeholder groups in our project. We thank all who... Read more


Ingmar Jürgens replaces Richard Kühnel for European Commission

At the last moment Mr. Richard Kühnel had to cancel his appearance at our kick off event in Berlin this Friday. Fortunately he found a worthy replacement and Mr. Ingmar Jürgens will represent the European Commission at our meeting. Mr. Jürgens is Senior Economic Advisor to the of the European Commission representation in Germany. He... Read more


Richard Kühnel confirmed as keynote at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

 Mr. Richard Kühnel, European Commission Representative to Germany in Berlin will join our panel discussion with a keynote contribution on how the European Commission currently designs and implements industrial policy in general and the much debated Juncker plan in particular such that small and young innovative entrepreneurial firms can also benefit from this broad investment... Read more


Sissel Hansen joins panel discussion at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

Sissel Hansen, founder and CEO of Startup Guide Copenhagen and author of the Startup Guide Berlin will join our panel discussion on what is the best way to support startup activity in Europe. Of course as an expert on the Berlin and other European cities’ startup scenes she can offer her unique perspective and add much... Read more

Birgitta Stymne Göransson confirmed as keynote at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

Birgitta Stymne Göransson is currently Chairman of the Board of Medivir AB and independent director and industrial advisor. She has been in business and consulting her entire career and will contribute to our program with a keynote on how to maintain an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in a growing and maturing business. Read more

Olaf-Gerd Gemein joins panel discussion at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

 Gerd-Olaf Gemein, will join the panel discussion on how to best support start-up activity in Europe. Olaf-Gerd describes himself as an entrepreneur and business architect and is active for the Speed UP! Europe FIWARE Accelerator Program supporting businesses and business accelerators in Northern Germany and Eastern Europe. Read more

Hardy-Rudolf Schmitz opens panel discussion at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

Hardy-Rudolf Schmitz, CEO of WISTA-Management and Adlershof Project GmbH is our host on September 4th and has graciously accepted our invitation to also share his views on how to best support startup firms in a European context. Having been closely involved in setting up and managing one of the biggest and most successful science- and... Read more

Ken Krull confirmed as keynote at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin

Ken Krull, founder and managing director of US-based Quatere Foundry Program, takes a radically new approach to supporting startup activity and entrepreneurship. The highly successful Foundry cohorts in the US are now looking to expand in Europe and Ken will tell us why we should pay attention. Ken will engage in a panel discussion with... Read more

Jack Harding confirmed as keynote at FIRES Kickoff in Berlin.

Jack Harding, Founder and CEO of E-Silicon will deliver a keynote address on how to grow a venture from scratch to a global player. In his talk he will speak about his own experiences in doing so and reflect on the key enabling factors that helped him grow E-Silicon to the firm it is today.... Read more


Kick-off event will take place at Zukunftplatz Adlershof, Berlin.

Zukunftplatz Adlershof (webpage) is based on the old imperial airfield just outside Berlin and today houses one of the largest and fastest growing technology parks in Berlin. With its long history and bright future in technology and innovation it expresses the key message of our project: we need to build Europe’s entrepreneurial future on its... Read more

Kick-Off Event in Berlin

Kick-off event will take place on September 4th, 2015.

On September 4th the FIRES project will be officially launched with a kick-off event in Berlin. At this event we welcome all stakeholders in an Entrepreneurial future for Europe. The event will be targeted on entrepreneurs and investors from all over Europe (link to event page). We will organize an event that will help such... Read more