Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: New Modes and Changing Roles of Entrepreneurship Intermediaries and Innovation Habitats in the Aftermath of Covid-19






The development of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems (SEE) demands new forms of interactions between university, government, firms, and society. Recent research shows that these agents assume different roles in each development phase for different dimensions of the SEE (economic, geographic, and social) (Etzkowitz, 2019)[1].

These new interactions have given rise to a plethora of new modes of entrepreneurship and innovation intermediaries and habitats (e.g. accelerators, innovation hubs, maker spaces, living labs, etc.) and new “generations” of traditional ones (e.g. science and technology parks and business incubators) (Mian and Figlioli, 2019) [2].

Some technology incubators have evolved into accelerators (Vandeweghe et al, 2019)[3], while initiatives, of what traditionally would have been implemented as science parks, have broadened their mission beyond their “walls” to become “areas of innovation” (Pique et al, 2020)[4].

This phenomenon has attracted the attention of academic researchers, who have increasingly published in scholarly journals in the last decade. However, the consolidation and evolution of these innovation habitats offer the opportunity to further develop our conceptual understanding and underlying theory, as well as consolidate research methodologies (Mian et al, 2016)[5].

The COVID-19 crisis, and its consequences across several dimensions, e.g. health, economic, and social, has posed huge challenges to the planning and operation of these entrepreneurship and innovation support mechanisms all around the globe. New strategies and business models have been rapidly adopted to face the crisis and prepare for the new normal, post-COVID-19.

Therefore, this Research and Development Seminar aims to explore the emergence of  new forms of these popular tools , with  challenges in the design, implementation and operation of such initiatives, as well as to discuss their dynamic roles in the development of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems, particularly in the time of COVID-19. The event will also allow us to deliberate the prospects of organising a special issue in a scholarly journal on this topic.

In addition to contributions to academic research, the event happens at a very exciting moment for the Brighton and Hove entrepreneurial ecosystem. The University of Brighton, and CENTRIM, are engaging in a strategic partnership with Plus X Innovation hub, through the Brighton Research and Innovation Technology Exchange (BRITE) project. It may be noted here that the main programmes to be delivered by CENTRIM to support start-ups and scaleups are based on the outcomes of years of research on innovation in small businesses.


[1] Etzkowitz (2019), The second academic revolution: antecedents and consequences of academic entrepreneurship, Handbook of Universities and Regional Development, Edward Elgar Publishing.

[2] Mian and Figlioli (2019), Traditional and Emerging Models of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Intermediaries (Incubators, Accelerators, Innovation Centers/Habitats/Hubs, Science/Research Parks and Areas of Innovation): Some Definitional Challenges. Presentation in the Academy of Management Annual Meeting

[3] Vandeweghe et al (2019) The Accelerator as an Organizational Form: A Review and Reconceptualization, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings.

[4] Pique et al (2020), The Role of Modern Urban Science Parks in Developing Innovation Ecosystems, in Handbook of Research on Business and Technology Incubation and Acceleration: A Global Perspective, Eds: S. Mian et al, Edward Elgar, forthcoming

[5] Mian et al (2016), Technology Business Incubation: An Overview of the State of Knowledge. Technovation. 50-51, 1–12.



This event will take place on Thursday, the 29 October 2020 between 15:00 and 17:00 UK time. We will start at 14:45 UK time with an informal networking session.


Who Should Attend

Academics, practitioners and PhD students who are interested in developing new knowledge on entrepreneurship and innovation intermediaries.


Benefits of Attendance

  • Discuss the challenges faced by entrepreneurship and innovation intermediaries in times of (post) COVID-19 and the strategies to overcome them;
  • Explore cutting-edge developments and debates on new modes of entrepreneurship and innovation intermediaries by interacting with internationally recognized academics and practitioners with high level of expertise.
  • Discuss the literature gaps and future research directions on areas related to science parks, technology incubators, accelerators, and innovation hubs.



This is an online event. Joining details will be sent to all delegates who registered via the British Academy of Management Zoom Account, at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.



  • Sarfraz Mian, State University of New York
  • Bart Clarysse, ETH Zurich
  • Josep Miquel Pique Huerta, laSalle Technova Barcelona
  • George Tsekouras, University of Brighton
  • Mat Hunter, PlusX 


  • Aline Figlioli, University of Brighton



Please find the full programme via the following link: Event programme


Provider Information

British Academy of Management Innovation Special Interest Group and the Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Management (CENTRIM)




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Event Fee 

BAM Members: Free

BAM Student Members: Free

Practitioners: Free

Non-BAM Members: £50

Non-BAM Members, Students: £25

University of Brigthon/ University of Sussex, Students & Staff: £25



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29th October 2020
BAM Members £ 0.00
BAM Student Members £ 0.00
Non-BAM Members £ 50.00
Non-BAM Members, Students £ 25.00
Practitioners £ 0.00
University of Brigthon/University of Sussex students & staff £ 25.00
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Event Provider British Academy of Management Innovation Special Interest Group and the Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Management (CENTRIM)
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