Brandon University Business Conference 2023: Re-Imagining Entrepreneurship

The 2023 Business Conference will be held November 24, 2023.

Location: Brandon University

To register, please click here.
Please note: Registration will close on November 9th, 2023.

To view the Conference Agenda, please see below.

About the conference:

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in the unprecedented disruption of business practices. In 2020, the United Nation’s International Labor Organization found that there has been a global decline in working hours equating to approximately 225 million full time jobs. Organizations were compelled to find novel solutions to sustain their business.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) make up about 98% of all Canadian businesses. Such businesses are disproportionately impacted by disruptive forces such as inflation, technological advancements, and cataclysmic events such as the pandemic. Still recovering from peak COVID era closures and restrictions, entrepreneurs now find themselves faced with disrupted supply chains, rising interest rates, and warnings of an impending recession.  Large businesses were able to address these challenges through emergent technologies such as machine intelligence, and big data analytics but were still impacted by recent events.

Therefore, there are global challenges that SMEs and entrepreneurs confront today!

Entrepreneurship has always been considered a driver for economic development and employment creation. In addition to conditions such as monetary policy, fiscal policy, business expectations, and competitiveness, entrepreneurial activity is entwined with the labor market. Entrepreneurs create jobs. Entrepreneurial firms drive new industries that promote regional economic development. Success stories about local entrepreneurs who promote indigenous tourism, rural culinary experiences from the heartlands, and creating sustainable fashion lines demonstrate how opportunities were leveraged by entrepreneurs in the wake of insurmountable global challenges.

Thus, this meeting is also a celebration of local opportunities creating these success stories!

We encourage you to submit original research and educational papers in all areas of entrepreneurship for the upcoming Brandon University Business Conference 2023 (November 23-25) in all areas of business.  Brandon University is committed to reconciliation and strengthening connections with the Indigenous community, and as such, welcome papers that consider these groups.  We especially encourage papers with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.


What better place to promote entrepreneurship than Brandon, Manitoba?  Brandon is known as the “Wheat City” as it is in the heart of the Canadian prairies and has deep agricultural roots.  The city processes meat, fertilizers and chemicals and has thriving businesses of all sizes. These include real estate, construction, retail, healthcare & social assistance, and finance.

Format: All presentations accepted under the research track are in-person or online. All presentations accepted under the education track are in-person.

Please note: The conference will be held in-person only.

Research Track

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must include an abstract of not more than 300 words.  You will be asked to select topic areas to assist with grouping the parallel presentation sessions.

Author identification should appear on the cover page only.  The title should appear on the abstract page and the first page of the body of the paper.  Please submit electronic versions of both the full text of the paper including the cover page and a blind file (the full text without the cover page or author identification). Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be encouraged to submit full papers by July 1, 2023.

During the submission process you will be asked to declare that the paper is original work and that at the time of submission it has not been accepted for publication.



  • At least one author of the submitted paper must be available to attend the conference to present in-person or via Zoom.
  • An author may submit a maximum of five papers.

Authors will be informed of paper acceptance by April 15, 2023.


Education Track

Submission Guidelines

Some areas of contribution and topics to include for your submission are listed below.  Submissions can be for practical 30-minute workshops or 15-minute micro-learning/round table sessions. Submit a 300-word summary of the presentation.

The topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Entrepreneurship in the context of digital transformation
  • Strategizing for intrapreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial competencies for decision-making
  • Formal and informal venture capital
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in circular economies
  • Supply chain management as a driver for innovation, and entrepreneurial success.
  • Entrepreneurship in volatile-uncertain-complex-ambiguous (VUCA) environment
  • Novel perspectives on entrepreneurial processes
  • Network and alliances for entrepreneurship
  • EDI in SMEs
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship: challenges, opportunities, and success stories


Paper submissions for this conference are no longer being accepted at this time.

For questions about the conference please contact Ravi Dwivedula at:

Ravi Dwivedula (Co-Chair)
Faculty of Arts-Department of Business Administration
Office 404, Clark Hall
Brandon University 270,18th St. R7A 6A9
Brandon, MB. CANADA
Tel: +1 204 727 9614