1st International Conference on Entrepreneurship and

SME Development (ICESMED 2023)

Resilience and Relentlessness: Bouncing Back and Leaping Forward

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28 and 29 November 2023

Manila, Philippines


Call for Participation

Faculty members, researchers, extension officers, practitioners, students, and other interested individuals are invited to attend the conference. They may register through this link: bit.ly/ICESMEDRegister until November 20, 2023.

About the Event


The University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries (UP ISSI) is organising this two-day research conference that aims to bring together academics, researchers, scholars and postgraduate students from around the world and provide a platform where they can share their work in advancing new knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. 




Conference Objectives

The conference aims to:


Provide a platform where researchers can share their work in advancing new knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship and SME development.


Generate insights from experts and fellow participants to refine work of the presenters in an academic and professional setting.


Publish papers presented during the conference to disseminate the new knowledge to as wide community of researchers and scholars as possible.


Advance the new knowledge presented during the conference for policy development through the conference proceedings that will be part of the research domain.

Conference Themes


        • Entrepreneurial behaviour (entrepreneurial intention, and personal entrepreneurial competencies)
        • Creative and innovative business products and services
        • New business models
        • Youth entrepreneurship
        • Entrepreneurship education and training
        • Social entrepreneurship (cooperativism, countryside or social enterprise development)
        • Women entrepreneurship
        • Cultural entrepreneurship


SME Development

        • Digital entrepreneurship
        • Business innovation and technology (Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology)
        • Technology adoption
        • Business performance improvement
        • Start ups
        • MSME financing
        • MSME policy development
        • COVID-19 business challenges and solutions



abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Participants are requested to initially submit an abstract that is composed of 250 to 500 words in the English language only using a template that can be downloaded from the official conference website.  (The abstract template may also be requested via issi.research@up.edu.ph.  At the minimum, the abstract must be written in either Arial or Times New Roman font, with font size 12, and clearly indicating the title, name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es), and at least three (3) related keywords.) 
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and proceed to the submission of full-length papers that will be presented during the conference.  The template for full-length submissions will likewise be sent to the authors via email.  
  • For the paper to be included in the proceedings, at least one (1) author must be registered to present in the conference.  In the case of joint or multiple authorships, any one (1) of the authors must register as a presenter in the conference whilst the other(s) may register either as attendee(s) or as additional presenter(s)
  • Full-length papers of not more than 8,000 words (excluding abstracts, references, tables and figures) will be double-blind reviewed by members of a pool of experts in the field. 
  • Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes only, with an additional 10 minutes for the questions and answers. 


Key Dates



May 2023

Last date for submission of abstracts


UP ISSI, Quezon City, Philippines


September 2023

Last date for early-bird registration


UP ISSI, Quezon City, Philippines


November 2023

Last day for submission of full-length papers


UP ISSI, Quezon City, Philippines


November 2023

Last date of registration


UP ISSI, Quezon City, Philippines



Registration Fees



Additional 20% for walk-ins & late registrations

10% discount for early-bird registrants

The fee covers conference participation, kit, and food (lunch and snacks)


  •    Foreign                                        $ 150.00
  •    Local                                    PhP 3,000,00
  •    Student                               PhP 1,500,00


  •     Foreign                                          $ 100.00
  •     Local                                      PhP 2,000,00
  •     Student                                 PhP 1,000,00




The conference will be held at the Malcolm Hall, College of Law and Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI), University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 


How to get there:

Google Maps link:

Malcolm Hall: https://goo.gl/maps/nb9rtFQZag8keBgt5

ISSI: https://maps.app.goo.gl/j9m2fjxpf7E2p6DBA

Contact UP ISSI 

The organisers may be reached at: issi.research@up.edu.ph.


University of the Philippines Institute for Small-Scale Industries

E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

(+63 2) 8981-8500 local 4090 (Research Division)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/upissi/