Final Review and Conference in Brussels

On May 24th and 25th the FIRES project was officially concluded with the review at the European Commission and the presentation of the project results in a public final conference in the Flemish Academy of Sciences in Brussels, Belgium. The review at DG Research in Covent Garden Building went exceptionally well, despite one of the... Read more

Seventh Policy Roundtable in London, the UK

On April 26th 2018 the FIRES consortium was presenting its Reform Strategy for the UK at the London School of Economics in London, United Kingdom. FIRES-researcher Prof. Saul Estrin in collaboration with the Marshall Institute had mobilised an impressive list of academics, policy makers and stakeholders in the field to discuss the FIRES-reform proposals for... Read more

Sixth Policy Roundtable in Berlin Germany

On April 24th 2018 the FIRES consortium was presenting its Reform Strategy for Germany at the German Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie in Berlin. The FIRES-consortium was kindly invited to join the Round Table Mittelstand that was co-organised by the Ministry and the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung in Bonn. The FIRES message that Germany could afford to... Read more

Fifth Policy Round Table at Startup Delta Summit in Arnhem

On April 12th the FIRES-consortium attended the Startup Delta Summit 2018 and hosted its fifth policy round table on “how to promote the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem” at the event. The Startup Delta Summit hosted over 1500 delegates including just about everybody who is anybody in the Dutch entrepreneurial ecosystem. The FIRES-roundtable was attended by senior... Read more

Fourth Policy Round Table on Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Growth

On March 12 FIRES-researchers Catarina Matos and Miguel Amaral organised the fourth FIRES-policy Round Table on Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Growth at ISG in Lisbon, Portugal. The full program can be found here. In a round of contributions, FIRES-coordinator Mark Sanders presented reform proposals that would increase inclusiveness of economic development in Europe, after which the... Read more

Third Policy Round Table on the FIRES Reform Strategy for Italy

On March 5th, on the day after the Italian general election, Coordinator Mark Sanders and FIRES-researchers Luca Grilli and Erik Stam attended a policy round table co-hosted by Rome based Cassa Depositi Prestiti. Here you find the slide show and policy brief that were presented. In a lively discussion the state of the Italian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem... Read more

Second Policy Round Table on Industrial Diversification, Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth

On January 26th the FIRES-team at Utrecht University will host a policy round table on Industrial Diversification, Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth. The workshop is on invitation only. FIRES-researchers Jeroen Content, Koen Frenken and Erik Stam will present their respective FIRES-deliverables and discuss the policy implications and proposals that can be derived therefrom with regional and... Read more

First Policy Round Table in Piraeus, Greece was a success

On January 19th the FIRES-partners at the university of Piraeus, Greece, hosted the first in a series of 10 policy round tables in which FIRES-researchers engage with policy makers around Europe to discuss the reform proposals the FIRES-consortium has formulated. In this round table the participants discussed proposals to reform the intellectual property rights system,... Read more


FIRES-consortium members Laszlo Szerb, Andrea Herrmann, Selin Dili, Niklas Elert, Michael Wyrwich, Gresa Latifi, Miguel Amaral, Catarina Matos, Emanuele Giraudo, Koen Frenken, Jacob Jordaan and Mark Sanders attended and presented work at the 2017 WINIR conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Apart from the many seminars and conferences our FIRES-researchers  attend and give in the course... Read more


On September 20-22 FIRES researchers Jeroen Content, Werner Liebregts, Niels Bosma and Mark Sanders attended the 15th annual Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship research in Siegen, Germany. There they presented FIRES-work in a track dedicated to the Entrepreneurial Society and chaired by FIRES-coordinator Mark Sanders. The room was filled with researchers from all over Europe... Read more

FIRES at ERSA 2017

The European Regional Science Association held its annual conference end of August 2017 at the University of Groningen. Key topics included innovation, entrepreneurship, resilience and regional policy. FIRES members Jacob Jordaan, Michael Fritsch, Koen Frenken and Jeroen Content each contributed with a paper presentation. You can find the program and links to the papers here. Read more

FIRES-coordinator addresses young liberals in Thessaloniki

  On June 2nd, FIRES-coordinator Mark Sanders addressed the general assembly of the International Federation of Liberal Youth in Thessaloniki, Greece. In his speech he shared the FIRES-philosophy that the transition to an Entrepreneurial Society in Europe is urgent, desirable and necessary and pitched some radical financial, labor and knowledge institutional reforms to make that... Read more

Magnus Henrekson (IFN) presents D2.1 to Swedish Europahuset

On May 23rd Magnus Henrekson presented “Institutional reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: An Agenda for Europe” published in Springer Briefs in Economics last May. You can find the book, published open source here. The book was prepared as deliverable 2.1 in the FIRES project and attracted a large and interested crowd of European policy makers... Read more

Call for Papers: Special Issue Small Business Economics Journal

In collaboration with the editorial board of Small Business Economics Journal members of the FIRES-consortium will act as guest-editors for a special issue on Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society. Read the Call for Papers and proposals here. Note: the deadline for proposals is June 1st 2017. Full manuscripts are due August 1st 2017.... Read more

FIRES represented at REINVENT stakeholders workshop

On 17th May 2017 saw the REINVENT stakeholders workshop held in Utrecht. FIRES was represented by its own Principle Investigator Associate Professor Mark Sanders, engaging the issue of looking for new pathways towards decarbonising high carbon intensive industries, discussions also highly relevant and interesting to the FIRES-consortium. For more details : Read more

Seminar: Institutional reform for innovation and entrepreneurship

23 May 2017 : 08:30–10:00 Öppna seminarier : IFN and the EU Commission in Sweden A research study authored by Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, IFN, will be presented and discussed. Read more


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

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