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Place-based ecosystems: making connections between entrepreneurship and innovation

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A team of academics from the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED) at Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) participated in an ESRC funded two-day workshop in Tokyo, Japan, exploring new insights into entrepreneurial ecosystems. Dr Chay Brooks, Dr Cristian Gherhes and Professor Tim Vorley are collaborating in a new project exploring the future of entrepreneurial ecosystems and the importance of innovation for the future of the UK economy. Dr Cristian Gherhes, a Research Associate at CREED commented: “The opportunity to be in Japan and participating in this event highlights the exciting work of CREED in pushing research horizons.”

The workshop, organised by Dr Fumi Kitagawa of the University of Edinburgh, brought together universities, government and innovative businesses from across the United Kingdom and Japan to discuss a range of emergent issues relating to global science and innovation policy. Speakers tackled topics ranging from the current approach of start-up policies to the past, present and future of ecosystems in both countries, as well as how entrepreneurial ecosystems are evaluated and measured.

The workshop programme included a series of high profile speakers from the British Embassy in Japan, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (also known as MEXT), Japanese Cabinet Office, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Osaka Prefectural Government Office, Bureau of Industrial and Labour Affairs, alongside Universities across Tokyo. The team from CREED all acted as respondents across the panels, providing international reflection on the presentations.

Speaker at workshop In conjunction with Japanese partners CREED will continue to engage in this  programme of research going forward and will explore how entrepreneurial ecosystems are being developed in global contexts. The project sits alongside the ongoing relationship between SUMS and Kobe University, part of which CREED PhD student Sara Ballero is researching entrepreneurship and enterprise in rural areas.

This work forms part of a broader portfolio of interdisciplinary research led by CREED examining the policy and practice of innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economic development both in the UK and around the world. This project builds on continuing work with UK and international governments and organisations.

In commenting on the visit to Japan and participation in the event at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies Dr Chay Brooks said:

“This is an excellent example of CREED engaging in internationally leading initiatives. We are delighted to be part of this initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and hope it leads to other opportunities.”

Contributing to the global debate on entrepreneurship

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Colleagues from the Management School have just returned from taking a team of eight students to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) held in Bahrain where they debating the challenges facing the future of entrepreneurship.

Every year, the GEC gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. This year’s event, hosted in Bahrain, was attended by a team of eight high-achieving students from the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Led by the Management School’s Dr Chay Brooks and supported by Professor Tim Vorley and Dr Cristian Gherhes, the team worked as policy analysts to identify and explain the challenges that many countries are facing to address economic and social imperatives as well as the roadmaps for the future of entrepreneurship.

  • The GEC brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers to understand the global dimensions of entrepreneurship and innovation. The Congress aims to support participants in gaining new insights and connecting people across borders. The 2019 edition focused on the themes of a global entrepreneurial revolution, inclusive entrepreneurship and high-performance ecosystems with the goal to grow economies and expand human welfare through innovative and sustainable means.

    Sheffield’s team produced a a series of live blogs and policy briefs during the GEC which have been published online in the Global Policy journal. The students were able to develop their skills as as policy analysts by providing critical reflections on the global dimensions of policies that aim to promote entrepreneurial-led growth. Another key part of the experience involved engaging with successful entrepreneurs, academics and important stakeholders from government and non-governmental institutions who play major roles in the development of local, national and international policies.

    Attendance at the GEC was part of Sheffield’s Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) which gives undergraduate and postgraduate taught students from the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to attend major international summits. GLI activities provide students with first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level and produce outputs visible to an international audience thereby enhancing their research skills and employability.

    Dr Chay Brooks is a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School. Professor Tim Vorley is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School. Dr Cristian Gherhes is a Research Associate at Sheffield University Management School. The GLI Team working as policy analysts at the GEC were Jocelyne Girgis (Law), Dominik Brauchart (Management School), Salifyanji Simwanza (Economics), William Szabo (Management School), Louise Litten (Politics), Lars Kjoellesdal (Management School), Syeda Zahra (Management School), and Joseph Dunn (Economics).


    Digital healthcare innovation comes to Sheffield

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

    Forty enterprising young people from across Europe are in Sheffield to kick-off a series of EU-funded workshops, aimed at training and developing innovative ICT entrepreneurs.

    The delegates, from 19 countries, are using their time on the Startify7 project at the University of Sheffield to work on entrepreneurial ideas around digital healthcare. After spending last week developing concepts in teams, they will do further refinement and pitch to a panel of judges on Thursday.

    Three teams who are deemed to have the most innovative ideas then attend a follow-up workshop in Brussels in September. Professor Tim Vorley, Chair in Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School, is leading the project which was funded by a European Commission Horizon 2020 grant. He said: “It’s so inspiring to see budding entrepreneurs explore the complex but burgeoning world of digital healthcare innovation. The international nature of the project ensures that we’re considering cultural and budgeting factors and all attendees are benefitting from a global exchange of ideas.

    “This is the first in a full programme of workshops to be held all over Europe, at partner organisations in Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands. I have taught on this programme, alongside my colleagues Dr Robert Wapshott and Kate Penney, and it’s been amazing hearing the initial ideas coming from teams, exploring areas such as innovative delivery through the use of drones, and digital products such as apps for vulnerable groups such as the elderly or disabled.”

    Held at the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), delegates are working with staff from relevant University of Sheffield research teams such as CREED (the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development) and ScHARR (the School of Health and Related Research) to build on their ideas and benefit from academic expertise in the fields of healthcare and innovation. They also visited the Digital Catapult Centre in London to hear about the work of technologists working at the frontiers of digital healthcare.

    A visiting tutor on the workshop, Jorge Gonzalez from partner project GET Health, summed up the timely nature of Startify7: “Events like this are integral to challenging and developing the future of digital health in Europe. It is vital that we engage a bright, technically minded generation in innovations for this area of research as, given the pace of digital, their ideas may be changing lives in just a few years’ time.”

    Find out more about Startify7 and its up-coming European workshops here: www.startify7.eu

    New Msc Entrepreneurship grounded in workplace experience

    Monday, October 29th, 2012

    With the technology sector remaining one of the most popular fields to work in, the benefits of taking a postgraduate course with links to the sector in place cannot be underestimated.

    A recent Daily Telegraph article discussed how further study can help a career in the technology sector. Dr Tim Vorley spoke about the benefits of the links The Management School has in place for the MSc Entrepreneurship which is launching in 2013-14. “One of the strengths of this programme is our links with University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE), which has a strong tradition of supporting student start-ups. USE has launched an incubator this year for Sheffield students and alumni and this will be open to students on the MSc”.

    The idea behind the incubator is to provide space for students who have set up their own businesses to develop their ideas. Philip Moehring of Seedcamp, Europe’s leading micro-seed investment fund and mentoring program, warned that firms in the sector often  have fewer than 10 employees and many who work in technology investment  have built their own start-ups making it rare for anyone to enter without relevant work experience. With the lack of career path possibilities from a junior level in the technology sector, the MSc in Entrepreneurship, along with the Incubator, gives students the opportunities to build a career. The course develops entrepreneurial skills through a student project, which could lead to starting up a business enterprise.

    Dr. Vorley explained how the course will look at the different options when it comes to funding, from venture capital and private equity to commercial banks. “It looks at the life cycle of the business, from seed funding for the development to venture capital funding for rapid and mature growth.”

    The Management School MSc in Entrepreneurship has been designed to provide alternative pathways for those who wish to develop knowledge of entrepreneurship and through the Careers service will be put in touch with a .wide range of employers; these connections can then be used as the first step to building a career in the sector.

    For further information see:

    http://www.shef.ac.uk/management/msc/courses/entrepreneurship

    Want some tips on how to become an entrepreneur?

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

    Dr Tim Vorley, a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, is mentioned in Income magazine regarding one of his recent seminars giving advice on becoming a successful entrepreneur.

     http://www.incomemagazine.ro/articol_85035/sfaturi-de-antreprenoriat-de-la-un-profesor-britanic.html