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GCEC Conference Sponsors

  • The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • EntrepreneurEDU
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • NIICA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance)
  • The Coleman Foundation

Special Session Sponsors

  1. Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

Leadership Circle Sponsors

  1. Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College
  2. The Entrepreneurship Program and The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Ball State University
  3. John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, Baylor University
  4. Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  5. Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship, Drexel University
  6. Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington
  7. Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University
  8. Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University
  9. Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, Texas Christian University
  10. Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Pennsylvania State University
  11. John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, The University of Iowa
  12. Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  13. McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Arizona
  14. Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, WU Vienna, Austria
  15. The Florida State University, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
  16. University of North Carolina, UNC Kenan-Flagler, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
  17. Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The Bloch School, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
  18. Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
  19. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia

Bronze Sponsors

  1. Entrepreneurship @ Cornell, Cornell University
  2. Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  3. Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario

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Based on feedback from previous conferences, we have decided to change the session structures slightly this year.  We invite participants to submit outlines for either chairing, or presenting in the sessions.

Based on the recent questionnaire that we circulated, the themes and topics that will be covered in the break-out sessions are:

THEME ONE: E-Ship Center Development.
Session Topics:

  1. Center Funding
  2. Cross-campus initiatives
  3. Issues specific to large and mature centers
  4. Issues specific to new and small centers
  5. Using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to engage entrepreneurs
  6. Working with external partners (VCs, Angels, Alumni, etc)

THEME 2: Student Initiatives. 
Session Topics

  1. Business planning competitions
  2. Student incubators
  3. Student managed venture funds

THEME 3: E-ship and Technology.
Session Topics

  1. Technology entrepreneurship
  2. Technology transfer-related programs
  3. University incubators

THEME 4: E-ship Education.
Session Topics

  1. Entrepreneurship in non-business sectors (art, farming, etc)
  2. Novel curricula and program design
  3. Problem-based learning
  4. Social entrepreneurship programs

THEME 5: E-ship Impact. 

Session Topics

  1. Outreach and media relationships
  2. Promoting development of entrepreneurial culture and resources
  3. Roles in local economic development

Session Type I:  Panel Discussions

These sessions will consist of a chairperson, and up to four panelists, each of which can provide a unique perspective or specific experience related to the topic. This is a similar format that we have used in past years.

Each panelist will typically speak for about five minutes on their view of the topic after which the discussions will be open to the floor, the aim being to have a lively exchange of ideas and best practices. The chairperson will coordinate the short presentations prior to the session and ensure that there is plenty of time left for open dialog.

Session Type 2:  Open Workshops

These sessions will consist of a work-shop leader.  There will be no formal panel, but several participants with specific knowledge (discussants)  will be invited and will be called upon to stimulate the discourse.  The workshop will be tasked explore the topic and arrive at some tangible output that can be reported back to the members of GCEC. These sessions will be highly interactive.

Request to participate in either Session Type