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Call for Abstracts: International Research & Policy Roundtable

Mark Marich

The Kauffman Foundation is seeking experts on high-growth entrepreneurship policy issues to contribute to the creation of a global policy roadmap for advancing entrepreneurship. Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for papers to be considered for presentation at a roundtable discussion at the Kauffman-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Congress, March 11-12, 2012, in Liverpool, UK.

This research and policy roundtable will focus on international issues for high-growth firms. The roundtable will provide input into the potential development of a global policy “roadmap” or framework for creating the right environment for building and scaling high-growth firms.

Those interested in participating may submit an abstract as outlined below. Those selected to submit a paper also will be invited to the roundtable event and the GEC in March 2012, where key themes and findings from the papers will be discussed in further detail and potentially published in an edited book. Travel expenses for the conference will be covered by the Kauffman Foundation.

Timeline for abstract and paper submission: A call for abstracts is now open until 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 31, 2011. Decisions on abstracts and notification to those selected to submit a full paper will be made by Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Final papers will be due by Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Criteria for abstract submission:
  • Abstract should not exceed 1,000 words. The final papers should not exceed 25 pages.
  • Submissions should focus on national or regional policies (but with relevance/implications for other countries).
  • Potential themes could include:

    • Policies to Facilitate Entrepreneurship:
      • Policies to facilitate entrepreneurial ecosystems
      • Policies to improve access to finance
      • Education policies
      • Immigration policies
      • Health care policies
      • Science, technology and innovation policy

    • Removing Regulatory Barriers to Entrepreneurship:
      • Reducing legal impediments
      • Ease of business creation
      • Labor laws
      • Tax policies
      • Securities legislation
      • IP regulations and enforcement
      • Product liability laws
      • Trade policy

    For further information and to submit your abstract, please visit

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