ECIE Keynote Speakers

Keynote Outlines

The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ECIE 2018.


University Spin-Off Firms’ Internationalization:  The influence of Founding Teams and Networks in Early Years

Marina van Geenhuizen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Commercialization activity urges university spin-off firms to develop networks abroad, particularly if they are active in a small national economy. Attention and support in internationalization from the university are, however, rare, and so is the attention to it in literature. We investigate university spin-offs’ internationalization using a sample of 105 of such firms in Northwest European countries. In early years, 62% employ international networks which were enhanced by higher education (PhD), market training, innovation experience at practical level and also diversity in domestic networks. Subsequent changes lead to a stronger internationalization, but a good 30% of the spin-offs tend to face (remaining) problematic situations. Overall, in early years, domestic networks seem a better source of competence compared to the founding team.

Discussing Entrepreneurship Learning Outcomes

Prof João José Pinto Ferreira

At the University of Porto we first launched our Master Program in Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship ( in 2004. From the very early stages we tried to understand how to organize the whole curricula and used as reference the National Standards for Entrepreneurship Education ( The current program is the result of a systematic evolution and improvement, building on lessons learnt along all these years. In this talk we will share our experiences as well as the approach we are working with to structure the Master program and assess learning outcomes.