The 4th International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development

Management Sciences Conferences | Seminars | Workshops

Thursday, August 17, 2023

8:00 AM


The 4th International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development

17 - 18 August 2023 | Virtual Conference

Note that the conference organisers have taken the decision to present the conference virtually. More information to follow.

We call upon academics, researchers, postgraduate students, and industry experts/practitioners to submit your papers.

Aim of the Conference

Given the diverse challenges that currently confront firms in advancing sustainable entrepreneurship, regardless of their nature and size, they must tap into the enhancements made available by digitisation to increase their chances of survival, growth and long-term sustainability in a post-COVID-19 pandemic era. We invite conference delegates, authors, researchers, and the extended academic community to submit theoretically grounded and empirically sound papers demonstrating how businesses can exploit technological advancements and digitisation to transform their organisational processes and practices to sustain themselves into the post-pandemic future.

Call for Papers

We call upon academics, researchers, postgraduate students, industry experts and practitioners to submit your papers before the due dates indicated below.

Our last conference, held virtually on 9 – 10 September 2021, had papers from local and international delegates and reputable international speakers from Australia.

With your support, we expect this year’s in-person conference will be a massive success. There will also be a pre-conference workshop that will allow practising entrepreneurs to share their entrepreneurial journeys.

Download the full call for papers and conference details (PDF) | 22 May 2023

Conference Publication Opportunities

In addition to the conference proceedings, the best papers from this conference will be considered for publication in the “Special Issues” of the Journal of New Generation Sciences (JNGS).

Conference Theme

Sustainopreneurship: the role of digitisation in a post-pandemic South Africa


  1. Cyber security and cyberattacks and their impacts on corporate and small firms
  2. Small business innovation disruptions and dysfunctions
  3. Human capacity development and strategies for addressing shortages in high-end skills
  4. Institutional frameworks for addressing institutional voids and burdensome regulation
  5. Political risks, service delivery and civic unrest
  6. Public infrastructure decays, breakdowns and public accountability
  7. Red tape and compliance costs for small businesses
  8. Post pandemic scenarios in the context of public governance and accountability
  9. Digital innovations, digital transformations, and digital technologies
  10. Climate change and sustainable entrepreneurship strategies
  11. Human resources information systems
  12. The mental health of entrepreneurs operating corporate and small firms

Dates and Deadlines

11 October 2022Conference call opens for submission of WIP, abstracts or full papers.
15 June 2023Final submission of Abstracts and Work in Progress.
07 July 2023Notification of accepted abstracts, WIP & full papers after double-blind peer review.
30 July 2023Final submission of full papers.
07 August 2023Registration and conference fee payment deadline.

Submission: Abstract | Work in Progress | Full Papers

Submission of abstracts, WIP and full papers

Register to Attend

Complete the Registration Form

  • Formal invoice is obtained from Ms Lindiwe Towa,
  • Conference fee payment is to be made into the account details above.
  • Proof of payment is to be e-mailed to Ms R Mosala at
  • Registration opens 20 October 2022.

Conference Fees

Students: R2 000
Standard fee for all other delegates: R3 500

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
Reference4100126 ICED followed by your name and surname

Important information for the submission of papers

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

ICED Organising Committee

Conference Chairs
Prof. T van Niekerk, 
Prof. DY Dzansi,

Conference Directors
Prof. D Kokt, 
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,
Dr A Adewumi, 

Executive Committee
Dr J van Zyl
Dr S Adewumi
Prof. F van der Walt
Prof. NM Naong
Dr L Steenkamp
Dr D Crowther
Mrs B de Klerk

Registration Process
Ms R Mosala,

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