Welcome note

The Chairpersons of ICEIRD2018


Professor Belaid Aouni
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Business and Economics
Qatar University


Prof Panayiotis Ketikidis, PhD
South East European Research Centre (SEERC)
Thessaloniki, Greece



On behalf of the College of Business Economics at Qatar University and of the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, we extend our warm greetings to welcome you to the 11th edition of the “International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development” (ICEIRD) that will take place in Doha, on 29-31 October 2018. ICEIRD 2018 edition builds upon the concept of “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth for Sustainable Development” in order to address the cutting-edge challenges of nowadays society.

ICEIRD aims at academics, university technology managers, entrepreneurs, policy- makers and businesses interested in the theory and practice of university-industry links as well as innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional development. This year, we are also extending our offer towards welcoming and highly encouraging prominent doctoral candidates to submit abstracts for a special doctoral session that will precede the conference.

Over the past 11 years, ICEIRD has become one of the leading entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development conferences in Europe, attracting academics and practitioners from around the world. In order to meet the global demand, the 11th ICEIRD moves out of Europe and takes places in the Middle East.  

Academic papers, practitioner cases and provocative expositions in all areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and regional sustainable development are invited with particular emphasis on the themes of the 2018 conference:

  • Pedagogy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenges in Emerging Markets/Economies,
  • Sustainable Development for Qatar and Beyond;
  • The Role of Emerging Technologies in Shaping Entrepreneurship;
  • Industry-University Partnerships;
  • Developing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems;
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
  • Knowledge and Technology Transformation;
  • Financing Innovations and Entrepreneurial Ventures;
  • Entrepreneurship and Knowledge based economy;
  • Smart cities and sustainable development;
  • Social innovation and sustainable development;
  • Sustainable business model innovation for regional development;
  • Sustainable innovation in the agrifood sector;

We welcome:

  • Abstract (max. 500 words)
  • Full papers: 8 pages
  • Short papers: 4 pages
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Work in progress
  • Special sessions
  • Workshops
  • Round-tables

On behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees we would like to welcome you and we ensure you that we will be having interactive sessions filled with quality and stimulating ideas from research, practice, innovation and policy. We are also pleased to welcome you to the exceptional and beautiful city of Doha and urge to take full advantage of desert and Qatar hospitality that this region has to offer.

Taking this occasion, we would like to cordially invite you all to the 11th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD-2018) on 29-31 October 2018 in Doha, Qatar.


Prof Belaid AOUNI and Prof Panayiotis H. KETIKIDIS

Chairpersons of ICEIRD 2018