Prof Jay Mitra
Professor Mitra is a leading authority on Entrepreneurship, emerging markets and Innovation. He is the Founding Professor of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research for University of Essex and Head of school for Entrepreneurship and Business, at the University of Essex.

Professor Mitra has over 20 years experience in small business, entrepreneurship and economic development, as a policy maker, as an academic and as an entrepreneur. Generating pioneering local government-private sector partnerships, developing innovative academic programmes,
exploring new frontiers of entrepreneurship research, and constant engagement with creative entrepreneurs, define his work portfolio. He has also set up two new business ventures in London.
Subjects taught
Entrepreneurship and Business Management
Areas of Interest
New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurship and regional development
Innovation and small firms
Small firm internationalisation
Mitra, J (forthcoming, 2008) ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development’ Routledge
Mitra, J and Acs, Z ‘Studies in Entrepreneurship’ Research Monograph series (joint editors) – Vol. 1: ‘Entrepreneurship, Industry and Higher Education’ Mitra, J. and J.Edmundson (eds) (under review)
Mitra, J (2007) ‘ The choreography of internationalization: innovative forms of learning and activities of small and medium sized enterprises in international markets’, in Lloyd Reason, L., and Sear, L. (eds) ‘Trading Places’, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
Mitra, J (2004) ‘Industrial Clusters’in Kusakabe, M and P. Moffatt (eds),‘Information and Communication Technology: Policy Reform and Communications Infrastructure’ European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Seminar, Keio University, Japan, September, 2004, London, EBRD,
Matlay, H and Mitra, J (2004) ‘The Internationalisation Efforts of Growth Oriented Entrepreneurs: Lessons from Britain in Etmad, H (ed) ‘International Entrepreneurship: The Globalisation of SMEs: Orientation, Environment and Strategy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Mitra, J and Matlay, H (2004) ‘The Competitive Advantage of Innovative SMEs in Industrial Clusters’ in Dana, L. (ed) ‘The Handbook of Research in International Entrepreneurship’, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Keynote Speaker (2007) ‘Globalisation and Service SMEs’ and ‘Globalisation and Logistics’ at the International Small Business Congress’, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 November, 2007
Keynote Speaker (2007) ‘Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture at the ‘European Day of the Entrepreneur’ Croatia, 3-7 October, 2007
Keynote Panel Speaker (2007) ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Empowerment’ Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Entrepreneurship Summit , 10-11 January, London
Keynote speaker (2006) ‘Are We Suffering from the Peter Pan Syndrome? The importance of fostering Growth ‘Let’sGo4Growth’ Congreso 13-15 November, 2006, Barcelona
Keynote Speaker (2006) ’Entrepreneurship and The Academic World of Higher Education: An Overview, Third Annual Conference of the Technopolicy Network, Entrepreneurship and innovative Regions: Stimulating Knowledge-Based Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Region’, The Technopolicy Network, Cambridge , 21-22 September, 2006
Keynote Presentation (2006) New Knowledge-Based Small Firms and their Regions: How Small, Entrepreneurial firms manage their early stage growth in specific locations, ‘International Symposium on Entrepreneurship Research and Education’, 10-11 April, 2006, Nankai University , Tianjin , P. R. China
Keynote Presentation New Horizons for Information and Communications Technology: The Entrepreneurial Perspective, IIT VIP Panel, Dubai, 2006
Keynote Presentation (2006) ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship: the Role of Higher Education’ , 48 th session, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, Directing Committee of the Co-operative Action Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development, OECD, 21-22 June, 2006, Rome, Italy
Keynote Speaker (2005) ‘Fostering an Entrepreneurship Culture: The role of Higher Education’, OECD, LEED and International Entrepreneurship Forum Conference, Trento, Italy, June 23-24
Keynote Speaker (2005) ‘ICT Clusters and Economic Growth’, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Keio University, Japan, August-September, 2004
Keynote speaker (2004) ’Developing a Regional Culture for Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom: a case study of the West Midlands Region’ International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Local Development, Formaper, Milan Chamber of Commerce and the OECD, LEED Programme, Saturno Project of the European Union, Milan, 26 April, 2004
Keynote Speaker (2004) ‘SME Networks and Information Flows: Firms, Regions and Diversity’ India-ASEAN Workshop, 15-16 March, 2004
Keynote Speaker (2004) ‘Entrepreneurship, Small Business, Training and Higher Education’, Seminar on ‘Paradigm shifts in Entrepreneurship’, Birla Institute of Management Technology, 3 November, 2004
Research Projects
Business clusters and economic growth around the A127 Corridor (current)
Entry of Chinese firms in European Markets – Shandong Weigao Group China, UK (current)
Technology-Based Entrepreneurship – Zensar Technologies India and UK (current)
Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture: the Enterprise Research Project, East of England Development Agency and Thames Gateway, South Essex Partnership (October, 2005 to March, 2007)
International Business Clusters – East of England Development Agency (September, 2004 to December, 2005)