The issue of relevance in entrepreneurship research will be discussed during our plenary session at the RENT conference.

We are happy to discuss the issue with our keynote speakers at the conference :

Johan Wiklund


Johan Wiklund is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the performance, exit, and failure of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 18,000 citations. He is incoming editor-in-chief for ETP, and previously editor for JBV and SBE. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.




Ester Barinaga

Ester Barinaga is Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the Dpt. of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School. She has published articles in Organization Studies, Geoforum, Human Relations, Ethnicities, or Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. Her latest books are Social Entrepreneurship: Cases and Concepts (2014) and Betongen berättar: Handbok för muralaktivister (2015). Her work focuses on concepts and strategies that may help us better design organizations aiming at social change in general, and the dissolution of the immigrant condition in particular. In 2010, Ester founded Förorten i Centrum, a venture based in Stockholm that uses collective mural art to empower communities burdened by stigmatisation.

Jan Erik Solem



Jan Erik Solem is CEO and co-founder of Mapillary, a street-level imagery platform powered by computer vision. Previously, he founded Polar Rose, a face recognition company that sold to Apple in 2010. Twice awarded WEF Technology Pioneer with these companies. Former associate professor at Lund University. Author of a best-selling computer vision book.