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(IVEY)-- Is there an entrepreneurial gene? How does family affect female entrepreneurs? How are entrepreneurs resourceful?

The Ivey Business School of Western University is hosting the 34th annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) from June 4-7, 2014, in London, Ontario. Answers to these questions and more will be revealed at the Conference.

The Conference is widely considered the world’s premier conference for entrepreneurship research which provides a dynamic venue for academics to link theory and practice. The event rotates annually among top business schools throughout Europe and North America, attracting over 400 of the world's leading academics who share the latest research findings about entrepreneurship.
There will be 237 presentations from academics from all around the world. The research to be presented at this year’s conference will touch on many of the most important and pressing issues facing entrepreneurs in the 21st century. Examples of the topics covered will include the influence of household and family commitments on female entrepreneurs; the existence and impact of an “entrepreneurial gene”; and the ways entrepreneurs use their resourcefulness to create lasting value.
In addition to the Conference, Babson and Ivey will hold the 2014 BCERC Doctoral Consortium Program.  The Doctoral Consortium provides 26 doctoral students from around the world with the opportunity to gain insight into current research issues through intense interaction with consortium faculty.  This venue supports scholars and educators to become leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education.
On Friday evening, June 6, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the Stevens Institute of Technology, G. Dale Meyer and the Journal of Small Business Management, will present the Best Paper Awards for the 2013 issue of Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.  Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research contains the proceedings of the conference and is the most comprehensive collection of current empirical research papers on entrepreneurship, representing institutions from around the globe.

About the Ivey Business School, Western University

The Ivey Business School at Western University is Canada’s leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today’s complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Lindsey Cunningham,, 781-239-4548 | 06/03/2014 10:20