International Conference



Programme of conference available here


Planned paralel sessions here


Completed papers must be submitted to the conference secretary by 30 June to be included in the conference proceedings. Instructions for writing the paper.


Please fill online registration form till 7th July, 2013.

Edited book

Authors of selected conference papers will be invited to develop their paper for inclusion in a book on Entrepreneurship: Innovation and Regional Development in the New Europe, edited by David Smallbone, Arnis Sauka and Markku Virtanen, published by internationally recognized publishing house.

Conference host

The conference host is the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development (CEIRD) at Ventspils University College. This is a new research centre located in Ventspils University College, with strong support from Ventspils City Municipality.

More about CEIRD:

Conference is organized in cooperation with European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (



Scientific committee:

Prof. David Smallbone. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia; Kingston University, U.K. Chair of the scientific committee.
Prof. Tonis Mets. Centre for Entrepreneurship, Tartu University, Estonia.
Asoc. Prof. Modestas Gelbuda. ISM University of Economics and Management, Lithuania.
Dr. Anders Paalzow. Centre for Sustainable Business, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia.
Asoc. prof. Anna Pobol. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia; Belarussian State University.
Asoc. prof. Arnis Sauka. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia.
Prof. Urve Venesaar. Tallinn University of Technology, School of Economics and Business Administration, Estonia.

Organizing committee:

Liene Liepina. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia. Conference secretary.
Prof. Markku Virtanen. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia; Aalto University, Finland. Egita Udodova. CEIRD at Ventspils University College, Latvia.

Participation fee

Participation fee is 40.0 EUR
Participation fee includes lunches, gala dinner and conference materials.
Conference organizers will also provide a support for traveling to Riga international airport- Ventspils- Riga international airport

Method of payment – money transfer to our bank account.
Receiver of money: Ventspils University College
Name of the bank: Valsts kase
Account No. (IBAN): LV47TREL9150181036000
Purpose of payment: 21399, Registration fee for the conference.
Accommodation and transportation

We have preliminary booked hotel for the participants of conference in Ventspils: please see To secure your place, please contact hotel administration via e-mail or phone +37163628032. Please use booking code: VEA_CEIRD when booking your room.

Since July is high season in Ventspils due to its location on the coast of the Baltic sea, we strongly recommend to book your place in the hotel as soon as possible. The price of the room in the hotel costs approximately 40-50 EUR, depending on the size of the room. Participants are responsible for their own hotel costs.


How to get to Ventspils

To get to Ventspils you should first travel to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, Riga International Airport.
Riga International Airport is located 13 kilometres from the city centre. Taxi should cost approximately 10 LVL (15 EUR), we recommend to take green Airbaltic taxi.

There are also regular bus connections from the airport to the city centre: please take bus No 22

Ventspils located 180 km from Riga. The most convenient way to get to Ventspils is by bus from Riga Bus Station. Please see the bus schedule on and allow approximately 2.5-3 hours for the trip. Transportation from Riga to Ventspils is also possible by car

More detailed information, including information on accommodation in Ventspils and conference venue will follow.

Information and address for correspondence:

Questions regarding the conference should be addressed to the secretariat (e-mail: ).
Phone: +371 63629657; +37126511927 contact person: Liene Liepina
Fax: +371 63629660
Ventspils Augstskola
(Ventspils University College)
Inzenieru iela 101
LV-3601, Ventspils