GCEC 2015: Collaborate > Empower > Transform

Collaborate > Empower > Transform

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:

Four Conference Tracks

1. Enabling the Student Entrepreneur

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.

  • Rethinking design thinking, the lean start up and the business model canvas
  • New models for degrees programs
  • Novel curriculum and course offerings
  • Innovative new teaching and experiential learning approaches
  • Breaking new ground in co-curricular programming (incubators, competitions, dorms, etc.)
  • Best practices in enabling student start ups

2. Managing the Center as an Entrepreneurial Venture

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.

  • New revenue models and sources
  • Rethinking center structures & designs (including schools, departments, co-departments)
  • Creative staffing models for centers
  • Entrepreneurial marketing approaches for centers and programs
  • Managing relationships with other units on campus
  • The role of the center in fostering scholarly research

3. Fostering the Entrepreneurial University

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.

  • Ensuring the center maintains a leadership role as entrepreneurship spreads
  • Creative ways to foster advocates, missionaries, and partners across the campus
  • Exciting new entrepreneurship courses and modules outside the business school
  • New structural forms in support of university-wide entrepreneurship
  • Funding models for university-wide entrepreneurship
  • Novel roles for centers in technology commercialization

4. Engaging the Entrepreneurial Community

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.

  • Novel approaches to involving entrepreneurs in your program
  • Innovative approaching to fostering and supporting entrepreneurs in the community
  • Entrepreneurship centers as a source of economic development
  • New experiential learning opportunities from community engagement
  • Creative ways to fund community engagement programs
  • How centers can collaborate with other centers