3 February 2020 | Adelaide

Iulia Stroila - research associate at S2BMRC and PhD Candidate at FH Münster and The University of Adelaide contributed to the ongoing discussions within the ACERE community. Iulia presented the research proposal of her PhD project on the 16th ACERE conference cohosted by The University of South Australia in Adelaide (Australia). During the presentation sessions and the PhD consortium, she got the opportunity to discuss with leading experts in the entrepreneurship field and receive valuable feedback.

ACERE stands for Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, an annual conference in its 16th year.  During the PhD Consortium of theACERE conference, which was held at the University of Adelaide, Iulia had the chance to pitch her PhD project and get expert feedback on specific challenges PhD studentsface in their research and engage in discussions with leading International and Australian Entrepreneurship researchers such as Dean Shepherd, David Audretsch, Sara Carter, Per Davidsson, Melissa Cardon, and Paul Steffens. The programme provided the opportunity to get first-hand experience of the review process as well as gain tips and tricks for finishing and finding a job after the PhD journey.

Iulia's PhD project focuses on entrepreneurship from gendered perspective. The number of women entrepreneurs is growing rapidly worldwide, however, women are still less likely than men to exhibit entrepreneurial intentions and start a new business. The objective of her study is to investigate how the social interactions of women affect their entrepreneurial activities within the context of university. The study adds on the debate on how higher education institutions can do more to prepare women to engage in entrepreneurship.

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