Neil Kane

Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

Michigan State University

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From: Brad Burke, Executive Director, GCEC <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 1:08 PM
To: Kane, Neil <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Early Bird Discount Registration for the 2018 GCEC Conference ends Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018!


Join your fellow university entrepreneurship leaders, center directors, and educators at the premier conference addressing the important topics for university entrepreneurship programs!





The 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference (GCEC) is an opportunity to:

  • Learn from best practices at other universities
  • Meet award-winning entrepreneurship programs
  • Network with entrepreneurship faculty, center directors, and leaders from the top universities from around the world 
  • Visit the campuses and see the innovation and entrepreneurship programs at DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and University of Chicago
  • Hear from successful, inspirational entrepreneurial speakers
  • Visit world class incubators 1871, mHub and Blue1647
  • Attend the closing reception at the Shedd Aquarium, one of the world's largest indoor aquariums


2018 GCEC Keynote Speakers


Topics at the 2018 GCEC Conference (GCEC) will include:

  • Entrepreneurship Across Campus: Reaching Beyond the Business and Engineering Schools
  • Community Engagement and Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Outcomes: Deciding Strategic Focus Areas and Measuring Program Success
  • Incubators and Accelerators: On-Campus and Off-Campus
  • Engaging Partners: VCs, Corporate Involvement, Outside Community
  • Student Startups: Mentoring, Supporting and New Sources of Funding
  • Social Impact Programs and Civic Engagement
  • Ensuring Program Benefit from Value Diversity and Inclusion
  • Internal Funding: How to Fund Entrepreneurship Initiatives
  • Center Operations: Building and Sustaining Capabilities


Early Registration Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018! 

The registration fee will increase after this date.


Hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Chicago at the conference rate of $219/night.

This block will fill up BEFORE September 15, 2018.



Thank you to the Conference Hosts:

DePaul University and the Illinois Institute of Technology


And to the following GCEC Leadership Circle School sponsors:


DePaul University

University of Arizona

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Rochester Institute of Technology 

Rice University

University of Chicago

Babson College

University of Florida

Baylor University

University of Houston

Indiana University

University of Iowa

NC State University

University of Maryland-College Park

Northwestern University (Kellogg)

University of Newcastle (Australia)

University of California -  

Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of North Carolina -  

Chapel Hill

Stanford University

University of Rochester

Sydney School of Entrepreneurship

University of Southern California (USC)

Texas Christian University

University of Tampa





 About the GCEC


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation's university-based centers for entrepreneurship. With over 250 university members, it has become the vehicle by which the top established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, work together to share best practices, develop programs, and collaborate in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.


The GCEC Annual Conference 


The annual Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference on October 18-20, 2018 is the annual gathering of university entrepreneurship center directors, entrepreneurship faculty, and staff focused on sharing best practices in entrepreneurship education, innovation, and university acceleration and incubation programs. It is an is an opportunity to share information about your university's entrepreneurship programs and to gain exposure for your initiatives.


Chicago: Big City, Big Impact


This year's conference will be hosted in Chicago, home to a vibrant and world-renowned entrepreneurial ecosystem that has developed to support starting and building businesses. There are over 88 different incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces in Chicago, and many are tied to universities. You will have the opportunity to visit world class incubators: 1871, mHub and Blue1647. The closing reception will be held at the Shedd Aquarium, one of the world's largest indoor aquariums.



Early registration ends September 15!    




For more information:


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Call: (312) 362-8625




Renew your annual GCEC Membership 2018-2019 now!


Membership Runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


Join the top 250 university entrepreneurship programs that support the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and attend the annual GCEC Conference.    

(Membership is required to attend the conference.)


Membership is only $200 per year per school.  Members are recognized on the GCEC website, and membership enables faculty, staff, and students to attend the GCEC Conference.


More Info: Quynhmai Nguyen, Senior Director of Operations, [log in to unmask] or 713-348-3298.





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