Transitional Entrepreneurship

We use the term Transitional Entrepreneurship to describe entrepreneurs who are in a stage of significant life or career transition. The conference will focus on scholarship and initiatives launched across the world on individuals transitioning from the following backgrounds:

1.            Military Veterans

2.            Individuals in economic distress

3.            Women

4.            Immigrants



Panel discussion and Paper sessions

Keynote speakers/Panelists:

Garry Bruton, Texas Christian University, Maija Renko, DePaul University Peter Roberts, Emory University



Journal: Select papers from the colloquium will be published in a special issue of Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE) provides a forum for the dissemination of descriptive, empirical, and theoretical research that focuses on issues concerning microenterprise and small business development, especially under conditions of adversity. The intended audiences for JDE are scholars who study issues of developmental entrepreneurship and professionals involved in governmental and non-governmental efforts to facilitate entrepreneurship in economic and community development programs around the world.


Special Issue Co-editors:

Anil Nair and Li-Wei Chen, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University


Mike Morris, University of Notre Dame




January 15th: submission deadline

February 15th: Registration opens

March 15th: Decisions on Manuscripts

May 31st: Registration closes

June 30: Select papers invited for special issue and go through additional reviews.


Call for Papers

Colloquium in Transitional Entrepreneurship June 19th and 20th 2020, Virginia

Select papers from colloquium to be invited for special issue of Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship

After successfully hosting the Kauffman funded Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) symposium on social ventures, Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University plans to host a colloquium in Transitional Entrepreneurship on June 19th and 20th, 2020.

We invite scholars and practitioners to submit manuscripts for presentation at the colloquium.

Strome College of Business will cover hotel accommodations for one author of every paper accepted for presentation.



Old Dominion University’s primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreation area with a population of 1.7 million.  Home to the world’s largest natural deep water port and third busiest port on the East Coast, the Atlantic headquarters of NATO, and Naval Station Norfolk, which houses the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk was recently named a ‘Best City for Entrepreneurship’ by Entrepreneur Magazine. The Hampton Roads region as a whole is experiencing a surge in entrepreneurial activity through collaborative initiatives between the university and local businesses and government agencies. Norfolk, Virginia, has one of US Navy’s largest base, and the region has one of the highest concentration of veterans.

Norfolk/Virginia Beach is a great location to visit particularly during summer.

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