Entrepreneurship & SME Institute

  • Stéphanie Delmotte


IPAG Business School offers an entrepreneurial ecosystem based on teaching, research and valorization. These three pillars interact and provide complementarity between the business and academic ecosystems. The student is therefore immersed in an environment which is underpinned by scientific research and business practice. Via this practical aspect, we propose weekend challenges as well as The Hackaton to the students in order to test their theoretical knowledge.

The implementation of the 360 ° strategy’ global prize, involving all students and professors ensures this continuity. For students wishing to embark on the entrepreneurial experience, an incubator called “The Engaged Incubator” is available. Coaches and mentors are available for the student entrepreneurs. The status of “student entrepreneur” has also been set up with PEPITE France.

One of our school’s values is engagement reflected via student and professor involvement in social and solidarity projects. For example, the research chair “Engaged and e-Entrepreneurship,” through ERASMUS + European projects, supports disadvantaged entrepreneurs such as prisoners and seniors. These projects feed the research output of the chair and serve as areas for scientific investigation. Moreover, the students are involved through their research essay in an entrepreneurship context at the end of the program dissertation

Finally, international workshops and conferences are organised every year, mobilizing renowned entrepreneurship researchers who promote and communicate our scientific commitment.

Main Activities

  • Fundraising through Erasmus+ and EU programs
  • Research on SME, Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation
  • Development of pedagogical innovative tools for disadvantage entrepreneurs
  • EPEP: Entrepreneurship for prisoners
  • MIETP: Methodology for Intergenerational Entrepreneurship Teams Promotion
  • “The Engaged Incubator”: support student and alumni on their start-up project

Publications and academic recognition

  • Maalaoui, A., Razgallah, M., Picard, S., & Leloarne-Lemaire, S. (2019). From Hell To… An Entrepreneurial Life: An Iranian Refugee in France. In Refugee Entrepreneurship (pp. 163-173). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • Kraus, S., Kallmuenzer, A., Stieger, D., Peters, M., & Calabrò, A. (2018). Entrepreneurial paths to family firm performance. Journal of Business Research, 88, 382-387.
  • Maalaoui, A., Perez, C., Bertrand, G., & Razgallah, M. (2018). 2″ Cruel intention” or” entrepreneurial intention”: what did you expect? A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurial Cognition and Intention, 7.
  • Loarne-Lemaire, S. L., Maalaoui, A., & Dana, L. P. (2017). Social entrepreneurship, age and gender: toward a model of social involvement in entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 31(3), 363-381.
  • Giménez, D., & Calabrò, A. (2017). The salient role of institutions in Women’s entrepreneurship: a critical review and agenda for future research. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 1-26.
  • Razgallah, M., Zeribi, O., & Maalaoui, A. (2017). How social entrepreneurs manage resource constraints? A study of innovative bricolage. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 12(4), 198-221.
  • Maalaoui, A., & Germon, R. (2017). Entrepreneurial Intention through the Cognitive Psychology Approach: Past, Present and Future Research. Revue de l’Entrepreneuriat, 17(2), 17-26.
  • LeLoarne, S., & Maalaoui, A. (2015). How high-tech entrepreneurs bricole the evolution of business process management for their activities. Business Process Management Journal, 21(1), 152-171.
  • Fayolle, A., Le Loarne-Lemaire, S., & Maalaoui, A. (2014). Entreprendre dans la diversité, oui… mais de quelle diversité parle-t-on? Entreprendre & Innover, (1), 5-6.


  • Best Paper Award, Global entrepreneurship conference, Salerno university, 4-5th, October 2018.

Paper: How “Benjamin Button” & Subjective Age … Fighting Time? Effect of rejuvenating trend on entrepreneurial Intention among elderly, Adnane Maalaoui, Imen Safraou and Judith Partouche.


Paper: Elderly and entrepreneurial intention: Exploring the moderator effect of posterity, Adnane Maalaoui, Erno Tornikoski, Imen Safraou and Judith Partouche
Journal Special Sssues

  • Special Issue of European Management Review (EMR) on ? Disadvantage and Entrepreneurship: from Shadow to the Light ?

Guest Editors:

  • Adnane Maalaoui, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, IPAG Business School, France
  • Vanessa Ratten, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Alan Carsrud, Visiting Research Professor of Entrepreneurship, ?boAkademi University, Finland
  • Malin Br?nnback, Chair of International Business, ?bo Akademi University, Finland
  • Sibylle Heilbrunn, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kinneret Academic College, Israel
  • Special Issue of Journal of Knowledge Management (JKM) on ? Knowledge Creation in the Context of Social Entrepreneurship ?

Guest Editor:

Adnane Maalaoui, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, IPAG Business School, France

  • SI on Journal of Organizational Change Management (JOCM) : ? Psycho-sociology, Gerontology and Aging: Towards an Economic and Social Revolution for Society ?

Guest Editors:

  • Adnane Maalaoui, IPAG Business School, France
  • Mustafa Ozbilgin, Brunel University, UK
  • Tania Saba, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Erhan Aydin, Usak University, Turkey

Sponsor & Donor

It is intended that the Entrepreneurship & SME Institute is financed through private donations and research funding which are invested in supporting teaching, research and valorization related to entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovation.


Prof. Adnane Maalaoui
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +33 (0) 1 55 04 11 54


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