Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE)

Queensland University of Technology

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The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) is the leading hub in Australia for research-based knowledge in entrepreneurship, innovation and small business.The centre's two missions are: To be the leader in Australia and highly recognized internationally as a producer of high-quality research on entrepreneurship; and to be a major hub for making research-based knowledge on entrepreneurship - whether produced at ACE or elsewhere accessible and useful to practice on both policy and business levels.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Knowledge about individual drivers and effects of entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge about societal drivers and effects of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship policy advice social science research design
  • Social science research evaluation data analysis
  • Research dissemination

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


2 George Street, Z Block Level 7, Brisbane, 4000

Lead researcher

  • Professor Per Davidsson—International top publications on start-up; growth of firms and societal well-being and job creation

Achievements of the centre

  • Established the internationally annual conference, ACERE (Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange)
  • Multiple publications in leading academic journals in entrepreneurship and management
  • Held leadership positions in the largest international association for management researchers, the Academy of Management

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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