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The Big Emerging Continent: The Rise of Africa  – Challenges and Opportunities

A Warm welcome from Virginia Commonwealth University to the Eight Annual Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa – October 4-7, 2017 in Historic Richmond, Virginia, USA

On behalf of the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS – www.africabusiness.org) and the Center for International Business Advancement (CIBA – www.ciba.vcu.edu) at Virginia Commonwealth University (www.vcu.edu), we are pleased to invite you to participate in the Eighth Annual Conference on Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa (https://africabusiness.org/conference/).

After very successful conferences in Quebec (Canada), Kampala (Uganda), and Syracuse (New York, USA), we are happy to announce that our next conference (scheduled for October 4 -7, 2017) will take place in the beautiful and historic city of Richmond, the capital the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA.  The overarching theme of this conference is – The Big Emerging Continent:  The Rise of Africa – Challenges and Opportunities.

As in past years, the 2017 conference offers a unique forum for participants to meet and discuss their current work on business and entrepreneurship in Africa with other academic researchers, business professionals and government officials from around the world.  Through paper presentations, panel discussions, keynote addresses and other planned information sharing platforms, we seek to understand the pivotal role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s economic and social development. Participants from multiple disciplines and backgrounds will present their insights and offer diverse perspectives on Africa’s place in the world and promise in the market.

We hope to stimulate your interest in this largely understudied area and inspire you to further explore business and entrepreneurship challenges in today’s big emerging continent – Africa.  We look forward to seeing you to the conference in October 2017.  No matter your background or career aspirations, come discover more about Africa through this exciting program.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments,


Van R. Wood (Ph.D.), Director
VCU Center for International Business Advancement
Philip Morris Endowed Chair in International Business
Professor of Marketing
Patricia W. Cummins (Ph.D.), Director
VCU French West Africa Project 2012-16
Chair, Richmond Sister Cities Commission
Professor of French & International Studies

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Dear colleagues and friends of ABERS,

I’m delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming conference on “Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa.” The conference will be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for International Business Advancement (CIBA) and will be held at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business on October 4-7, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

The following institutions have agreed to partner with us in organizing the 2017 conference: the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, Université Laval’s  Faculty of Business Administration(Canada), Makerere University Business School (Uganda), Université Paris-Dauphine (France), École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée d’Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), State University of New York at Oswego (New York), Institut national polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Côte d’Ivoire), University of Edinburgh Business School (UK), Virginia Commonwealth University (USA), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Delaware State University (USA) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada). As you can see, we are growing the number of partner institutions, we invite your institution to join us in this beautiful adventure. We hope that you will submit your works/ideas for presentation and your institution will join us as a partner in our future events.

The conferenced best papers will be recognized for special awards and selected papers will be published in one of the following journals: Journal of Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research (JABER), Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (JDE) or Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR).

I look forward to see you all in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Prof. Issouf SOUMARÉ, PhD, ISE, PRM, FRM, ASC VP Program ABERS and Conference Chair
Faculty of Business Administration Université Laval
Quebec City, Canada