Dates: May 11-12, 2017 | The registration opens on January 2017
Prices: starting from EUR 120,-
Location: Cork, Ireland

3E 2017: ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference

Unlike more traditional academic events, the 3E conference will focus on problems and questions rather than on ready-made solutions and presentations of research findings.

There is an explicit political agenda both at the national level and at the EU level to promote entrepreneurship education at all levels of the school system because policy makers expect entrepreneurial skills to be the key to enhancing an innovative culture, which in turn will result in higher competitiveness and economic growth.

However, in order to achieve these objectives it is important that educational systems and methods move from traditional to creative, interactive and student-centred educational models that will help change student mindset and prepare students for the challenges of the future.

Through an innovative and non-traditional format, the 3E conference establishes a new paradigm for entrepreneurship conferences. 3E offers an exclusive and engaging opportunity for researchers, educators, and politicians to debate and exchange their experiences of the major challenges and advances in enterprise education with a special and unique focus on Europe.

Building for the Future – Entrepreneurship Education, Training and Policy


  • Entrepreneurship education for non-business students
  • Entrepreneurial “classrooms”
  • Social and civic entrepreneurship education
  • Pedagogical theories in entrepreneurship education
  • Online and blended learning approaches
  • Engagement, impact, and evaluation
  • Innovations in assessment
  • Values, ethics and critiques of entrepreneurship education
  • Learning philosophies in entrepreneurship education
  • Gender perspectives in entrepreneurship education
  • Entrepreneurial universities
  • Student incubator initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship education policy
  • Case studies in entrepreneurship education

Call for papers

This year there are two calls, one for research papers and the other for practitioner development workshops. Each author can appear in the maximum of 2 abstracts/proposals.

Regardless of the submission, the focus on questions, challenges and problems should be central throughout. All submitted proposals will be double blind peer-reviewed and feedback provided on submissions.

Following the unique format of 3E the conference, please note that all sessions, regardless of type, will be expected to follow the same guidelines:

  • Unplugged – no power point or PC, but whiteboards and flipcharts are provided
  • Discussion – Each session shall be no longer than 40 minutes (maximum 10-minute unplugged presentation and 30 minutes interactive Q&A/discussion)
  • All papers and briefings provided for a session will be read by delegates in advance.

Specific guidelines for Research Paper Abstracts

All research papers should address ‘Questions we care about’. A Best Research Paper Prize will be awarded for the best question.

The ideal conceptual paper raises an interesting question, and through dealing with this question, arrives at a richer and possibly transformed challenge, which helps us perceive the question in a whole new way that we have not thought about before.

The ideal empirical paper formulates a question that needs to be researched and through the empirical analysis finds that the world may be much richer than we thought or might work in different ways than we thought, whereby we may need to ask different or new questions.

Abstracts should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, and may not exceed the maximum limit of 900 words. The author(s) name and information should NOT appear anywhere on the abstract. If you submit more than 2 abstracts, you will be asked to withdraw the additional abstracts.

The abstract submission deadline is 1 December 2016. Submit here.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  • The importance of the topic for entrepreneurship education practice
  • Questions, challenges, and problems to be asked and addressed
  • How you intend to engage the audience and what takeaways a delegate should expect for their own practice context from participation

Abstracts should be structured under the following headings:

  • Questions we care about (Objectives)
  • Approach
  • Results
  • Implications
  • Value/Originality
  • When submitting the abstract, identify the main theme addressed from the following list.

Best Paper Award

Full papers submitted by the deadline (19 March 2017) will be considered for the best paper award (sponsored by ECSB). The prize for the best paper award is a free registration either to 3E or RENT Conference within two years of the award.

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