Illinois Institute of Technology and DePaul University will host the 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 on both universities’ campuses.
The GCEC is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Attendees will enjoy keynotes by Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity and David Kalt, founder of Reverb and get a glimpse of Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by visiting one of three entrepreneurial hubs—1871, mHUB or BLUE1647. Participants will also hear from Howard Tullman, executive director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, Katlin Smith, founder of Simple Mills, and Julia Pimsleur, founder of Million Dollar Women. The conference will culminate with a farewell event at the Shedd Aquarium.
The GCEC current membership totals 225+ university-based entrepreneurship centers ranging in age from well-established and nationally ranked to new and emerging centers. Each year a global conference is held on the campus of a GCEC member school.
View the full schedule here.