31st International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship – PODIM (PODIM)

Venue: Hotel Habakuk

Location: Maribor, Slovenia

Event Date/Time: Apr 20, 2011 End Date/Time: Apr 21, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 15, 2011
Early Registration Date: Mar 28, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 01, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Mar 18, 2011
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The 31st PODIM Conference will gather experts from different countries to address numerous issues facing born-global companies and already established companies that aim at global market and whose growth is fuelled by international competition. Due to globalization a new type of entrepreneurship has developed. New global startups are increasingly looking around the globe for opportunities, funding, teams, partners and markets. To be successful in globalized world companies must go international. Some of them are international at inception and known by names such as as global start-ups, born globals, high technology start-ups, global high-tech firms, high-impact ventures or international new ventures. The others spinning out of the entrepreneurial activities of already established firms are regarded as international intrapreneurship or corporate entrepreneurship in global markets. Either one of them are facing challenges of mastering driving forces of globalization and creating successful cooperation with global stakeholders. These leading edge companies are dealing with many issues that need to be resolved to gain success at international markets. When businesses extend across the borders, they face many challenges sometimes completely different then at domestic markets, and entrepreneurs must be especially creative and resourceful.

Some of the issues that we expect to be discussed at the conference:
• Skills needed to identify, evaluate, and pursue global entrepreneurial opportunities
• Developing global entrepreneurship mindset
• Attracting global stakeholders: employees, partners, investors, and customers
• Competing against global giants
• Breaking into foreign markets dominated by large established firms
• Global sales strategies
• Roles of networks, clusters, and regions
• Developing competitive positions in global markets
• The changing global economy and its implications for global ventures
• Creating global strategic alliances
• Cultural dimensions of global ventures
• Technology and science parks as facilitators of global ventures
• The role of venture capital and »smart money«
• Establishing the environment for creating global ventures
• Policy measures that support global ventures
• Creating "global mindset" of entrepreneurs
• Funding global ventures
• Global entrepreneurial networks
• Role of governmental policies on entrepreneurship go global

At the oldest and most prestigious Slovenian conference on innovation and entrepreneurship we expect some 300 participants. The 31st PODIM conference will assemble innovation and entrepreneurship researchers, opinion-makers, entrepreneurship and technology transfer advisors, consultants from incubators, technology parks, and development agencies, investors, successful entrepreneurs, development managers from big companies, start-ups, and future entrepreneurs, students, and young researchers. In cooperation with European Council for Small Business we will enrich the program in the area of entrepreneurship research and policy, and foster networking activities with participants from Balkan countries.

Online registration and other details are available at http://en.podim.org


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