Entrepreneurship centers have emerged not simply as administrative units overseeing a portfolio of programs and courses, but as catalysts for economic development and change. Through novel collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders from the entrepreneurship eco-system within and surrounding a university, they are empowering and transforming students, campuses, communities and local/regional economies.
All presentations will reflect the core conference theme. Our focus is on ways entrepreneurship centers can serve as catalysts for collaboration, empowerment and transformation. Presenters will share best practices and latest innovations in educating and supporting students, managing the entrepreneurship center, spreading entrepreneurship across the campus, and working with the many stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem both inside and outside the university.
Presentations and sessions will be organized into four tracks, outlined below together with sample topical areas in each track:
Both inside and outside of the classroom, entrepreneurship programs are about total immersion of the student---empowering them by providing opportunities to live, eat and sleep entrepreneurship. This track explored the leading edge in delivering entrepreneurship content while facilitating experiential learning and deliberate practice.
The explosive potential of entrepreneurship centers is tied to approaching them as entrepreneurial ventures with unique business models, as innovation platforms that can transform students, campuses, communities and the world. This track tackles vexing issues and exciting opportunities in leading, staffing, funding and operating a world class center.
The entrepreneurial revolution has reached literally every corner of the modern university campus. It is spawning academic entrepreneurs who are agents of innovative change. This track examines models and methods for sustainable university-wide entrepreneurship.
Great entrepreneurship programs are built upon the entrepreneurial community---and they serve to foster and grow that community. It's a two-way relationship. This track investigates innovative ways in which entrepreneurship centers are involving successful entrepreneurs in all facets of the academic program and center operations, but also how centers are transforming communities and regions with outreach and engagement with those trying to start and grow ventures.