GCU to host global gathering of enterprise organisations

14 March 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting the 2017 International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC), the leading global gathering of enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners.

The theme for the 12th IEEC is ‘Enabling Enterprise for All’ and will, over three days (September 6 – 8) focus on the opportunities and challenges of developing enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and attributes; supporting start-up and growth in the business community; postdoctoral and academic enterprise; social innovation; entrepreneurial institutions and enabling more diversity amongst those engaging with enterprise.

Keynote speakers will include Dr Mick Jackson, Founder and CEO of WildHearts Group, Elin McCallum, Founder and Director of Bantani Education, Professor Heidi Neck, Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College, and Professor Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University.

GCU will showcase some of the successful student business start-ups supported by its incubator UHatch. Representatives from two European Commission-funded research projects will also attend the IEEC. GCU is a partner in Investing in Entrepreneurial Universities in Caucasus and Central Asia and in HEInnovate: A Self-Assessment Tool for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The IEEC is organised by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and Enterprise Educators UK.

The organisers are calling for contributions before May, which can include facilitating an interactive parallel session or presenting a Pecha Kucha-style piece, in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each.

Delegates can also network and celebrate at a Civic Reception hosted by Glasgow City Council and a Gala dinner and award ceremony being held in Glasgow’s Òran Mór.

GCU’s Professor Bruce Wood said: “GCU is the University for the Common Good, and so the theme of enabling enterprise for all fits so well with our mission. Within our Strategy 2020, we are committed to enhancing the personal, professional and employability skills of our students and creating an entrepreneurial environment and mind-set in our staff and students, which encourages collaborative approaches and a culture of social enterprise and innovation.”