News and events

Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship launched by Management School

The University of Liverpool’s Management School is pleased to announce the establishment of its new Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The Brett Centre, which will be formally launched in the Autumn, is funded by a £1.25 million donation by Paul Brett as well as additional support from the University.

It will have three main pillars – research, enterprise education and engagement/impact – and will draw upon the expertise across the School. The Centre will recruit entrepreneurs in residence and a centre administrator, to support its work in education and engagement, and a number of additional PhD students.

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Brett Centre to hold Launch Event

Brett Centre for EntrepreneurshipThe Brett Centre for Entrepreneurship will hold a launch event in March 2022 at the University of Liverpool Management School.

The event, which will be chaired by Robert Blackburn, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Brett Centre, there will be a panel discussion and entrepreneurs will discuss their journey and experiences of setting up start-ups or SMEs.

Estimating the investment effect of the Growth Catalyst Program

Estimating the investment effect of the Growth Catalyst Program Dr Balazs Murakozy, ULMS Economics Group, carried out research to evaluate the impact of the Growth Catalyst programme on local small firms.

Using synthetic control group methods and UK firm-level panel data from the FAME database, the research compared the levels of investment in firms that completed the 8-month programme compared to other firms in the City-Region that did not participate in Growth Catalyst.

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Impact report published

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has published its first impact report, demonstrating the significance of its work throughout 2019.

The newly published impact report provides insight into the Centre for Entrepreneurship’s research themes and impact cases.  It also outlines key publications, activities and awards.  

Professor Pablo Munoz, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, said “This report marks a successful first year of our revamped Centre for Entrepreneurship. I am very proud of what we have achieved as a team, with our research staff, PhD students and business engagement team.

Our outputs, outreach and range of engagement initiatives are a good reflection of our mission and desire to conduct impactful research. I believe we are on the right path to become a leading entrepreneurship research centre in the country.”

Read the Impact report .

Newhall Entrepreneurship Impact Award

Newhall Entrepreneurship Impact AwardThe Newhall Entrepreneurship research impact award celebrates and encourages methodologically rigorous and societally beneficial entrepreneurship studies contributing knowledge with the potential to make the world a better place.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Newhall Publishing awarded the 2019 Newhall Entrepreneurship Research Impact Award to Dr Virva Salmivaara, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Aalto University and Oxford University.

Dr. Virva received the award for her research titled: ‘Rhetoric mix’ of argumentations: How policy rhetoric conveys meaning of entrepreneurship for sustainable development. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.’

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Engagement Scheme Award Winners 2019

Dr Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy: Institutional credit expansion for farmers in agri-sector using satellite imagery

Lee Wainwright: Entrepreneurialism as an emancipatory pathway for at-risk groups

Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship receives Atlas Award

Professor Pablo Munoz Atlas Award

Professor Pablo Munoz, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, was recently awarded the Elsevier Atlas Award for his paper entitled “Poverty and the varieties of entrepreneurship in the pursuit of prosperity”.


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Research carried out with local service providers

Emancipation Challenges ReportPhD student Lee Wainwright, with support from the Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been working with local service providers to conduct focus group research.

Still in the first year of his PhD, Lee uses Grounded Theory research to reflect the needs of those who will benefit most from its findings.

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PhD Entrepreneurship Academy, 16-17 May 2019, Liverpool

PhD Entrepreneurship Academy 2019

Hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship, the PhD Entrepreneurship Academy was attended by PhD students and early researchers in order to get a deep understanding of entrepreneurship as a field, classic and modern theories of entrepreneurship, innovative research methods, conceptual modelling and theorising and how to publish in entrepreneurship journals and embed impact early on into their PhD projects.

The two day event gathers every year with between 20 and 25 promising PhD students and senior researchers championing ground-breaking, impactful research on entrepreneurship across multiple sub-domains.

This video shows the positive outcomes identified by delegates and facilitators during the two day PhD Academy:

PhD/ECR Latin American Academy, 6-8 March 2019, Santiago, Chile

The PhD/ECR Latin American Academy is an annual event co-organised by the Centre for Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Academia B in Latin America and hosted by local universities. It aims to support Latin American researchers during the early stages of their careers. This three day event convenes every year, 20 to 25 promising ECRs and eight mentors interested in advancing research in the region at the intersection of business, enterprise and sustainable development. The 2017 Academy was hosted by the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The 2019 Academy was hosted by Universidad del Desarollo in Chile and the 2020 Academy will be hosted by INCAE Business School in Costa Rica.

Entrepreneurship research impact award

The entrepreneurship research impact award seeks to encourage and celebrate methodologically rigorous and societally beneficial entrepreneurship studies contributing knowledge with the potential to make the world a better place. The application for papers with demonstrated impact on entrepreneurship policy or practice will open in the summer of 2019.