thinking beyond

The 3rd International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development

Management Sciences Conferences | Seminars | Workshops

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

5:00 PM

Virtual event

8 – 10 September 2021 | Central University of Technology, Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

We are hosting our 3rd International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development  (ICED) from 8 to 10 September 2021, virtually.  We call upon academics, researchers, postgraduate students, industry experts/practitioners to submit your papers by the due date indicated below.

Aim of the Conference

To bring together early career researchers, experienced researchers, academics, postgraduate students and practitioners in entrepreneurship development and small business research in sub–Saharan Africa to share their research and experiences in the ever-changing turbulent environment.

Conference Accreditation

Our last conference held in Bloemfontein on 3-4 April 2019 had papers that met the South African Department of Higher Education (DHET) requirements. This was a milestone achievement for us, and we expect that this year’s virtual conference will be a huge success with your support.

Special Issues

In addition to the conference proceedings, best papers from this conference will be considered for publication in the following  journals’ Special Issues:

Conference Theme

Entrepreneurship for transformative change and social impact in sub–Saharan Africa


  1. Informal entrepreneurship
  2. Micro–entrepreneurship
  3. Artisanal entrepreneurship
  4. Rural entrepreneurship
  5. Tourism entrepreneurship
  6. Entrepreneurial, cooperative networks and social capital
  7. Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intentions
  8. Digital entrepreneurship for rural transformation
  9. Social entrepreneurship in various economies*
  10. Innovative financing of SMMEs in various economies*
  11. New approaches to entrepreneurial leadership
  12. New insights into innovation in SMMEs
  13. New forms of ventures in various economies*.
  14. Trends in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship
  15. The convergence of gender, science and technology and entrepreneurship
  16. Emerging strategies of SMME businesses
  17. New constructions and conceptual understanding of formal and informal dichotomy of small and micro enterprises (SMEs)
  18. University entrepreneurship ecosystems

Preliminary Programme

08 September 2021Welcome,  Workshops on publishing in JNGS & JSMBE (17:00)
09 September 2021Conference day 1: Welcome, keynote speaker 1 &  parallel sessions
10 September 2021Conference day 2:  Keynote speaker 2 & parallel sessions

Dates and Deadlines

08 March 2021Registration and submission of abstracts, work in progress or full papers open.
30 June 2021Abstracts (not more than 250 words).
30 June 2021Work in Progress (600 words).
15 July 2021Notification of accepted abstracts and full papers after double blind peer review.
15 August 2021Final submission of full papers (20 pages).
30 August 2021Registration and conference fee payment deadline.

Register to Attend

Complete the Registration Form.

Conference Fees

R 500 per delegate.

Payment of conference fees

The registration fees for the conference are to be deposited at First National Bank (FNB) with the following details:

BankFirst National Bank (FNB)
Account No.62538533531
Branch Code230134
Account NameCentral University of Technology, Free State
Account TypeCheque
Reference4212 / 7010 followed by your name and surname.

Important information for the submission of papers

  • All submissions will be done here, on the conference webpage.
  • All abstracts, work in progress and full subjected to double-blind review will be e-mailed back as soon as possible.
  • Previously presented papers/abstract will be not accepted.
  • No author will be allowed to present more than two papers.
  • If the paper has two authors, only one must register.

Submissions: Abstract | Work in Progress | Full Papers

ICED Organising Committee

Conference Chair
Prof. DY Dzansi,

Conference Director
Prof. C Chipunza,

Scientific Committee Chair
Prof. P Rambe,

Special Issues Contact Details
Prof. P Rambe,

Prof. D Kokt,

Paper Review Process
Dr E Saker,

Executive Committee
Prof. T van Niekerk
Prof. F van der Walt
Prof. NM Naong
Dr Steenkamp
Dr D Crowther
Dr J Hattingh

Registration Process
Dr R Matikiti, 
Ms R Mosala,

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