Request for Conference Host

Consider Hosting the GCEC Conference in 2024


Consider joining a prestigious group of schools that have served as host to the premier global organization for entrepreneurship centers worldwide!

  • BRING hundreds of delegates to YOUR campus.
  • SHOWCASE your center and show the world what you are doing to support and build entrepreneurship education.
  • BRAND your center with GCEC and receive fabulous marketing opportunities.
  • PLACE your center and your campus at the forefront of entrepreneurship education around the world.
  • The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) was established in 1997 to foster collaboration, communication, and the mutual pursuit of excellence among university-based entrepreneurship centers.  Initially focusing on U.S.-based centers, the GCEC (formerly known as the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers or NCEC), has evolved to include international universities as well. Today, the GCEC stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the world’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the principal vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share information, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate with one another in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the contributions and impact of individual centers. GCEC is comprised of more than 250 member centers, hosts an annual conference, an awards program, monthly educational webinar sessions and is home to the 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellows. The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University in Houston, Texas serves as the headquarters for the global consortium.

    GCEC 2024: Accepting Domestic and International Conference Letters of Interest

    Host schools for GCEC have the opportunity to join an elite group of entrepreneurship leaders who are empowering entrepreneurship centers and educators worldwide.  GCEC is unique in that the organization believes that by holding annual conferences on host school campuses it can provide host school directors and universities with the chance to showcase their program, bring international exposure to their university and brand their efforts with GCEC.  Hosting the annual GCEC brings excellent marketing benefits as well as the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues.

    Applying to Host the Conference

    If you have questions about applying to host the 2024 GCEC Conference or would like more information, please contact Michael Morris, Professor, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, University of Notre Dame, at [email protected].

    Submitting your Proposal:

    A Letter of Interest (2 – 4 pages in length) from your university (signed by your College Dean, Provost or President) to serve as a host school for a 2024 conference should be submitted to Michael Morris ([email protected]) and Holly DeArmond ([email protected]) by February 24, 2023.  

    Based on a review of Letters of Interest, selected schools will be invited to submit a full proposal that will be due by May 1, 2023.   Selection process, including proposal and review, will be complete by May 31, 2022.  Multi-university proposals are acceptable, but not required.

    Letters of Interest Should include (at a minimum):

    • Why your school would be an excellent host for the GCEC conference
    • Why you believe the conference would be of value to your institution
    • Innovative dimensions you envision including in your host experience
    • How you would differentiate your university from other candidates
    • Who will serve as campus Champion for the conference

    Benefits to Hosting the GCEC Conference

    • Host school will have the opportunity to showcase their school, faculty, students, facilities and their community through GCEC marketing efforts and the visibility of their program during a conference attended by leaders of entrepreneurship programs
    • Host university’s name and logo will be shown or mentioned internationally
    • GCEC website
    • All email correspondence
    • All conference materials (compendium, registration, travel info, signage, etc.)

    Estimated Cost to Host the GCEC Conference

    • The host school is responsible for all expenses associated with the GCEC Conference.  However, the host school also retains 100% of conference registration fees.  It is anticipated that registration fees will cover 70% to 90% of conference expenses, depending on the location, conference costs, and how the host school organizes the conference.
    • The host school is also able to solicit outside sponsors for the conference and retains 100% of all these sponsorships.  It is therefore possible for the host school to generate revenues (registration fees and sponsorships) which exceed the expenses of hosting the conference.   The GCEC can provide sample conference budgets from prior years as guidelines.
    • The most recent GCEC conferences have generated a surplus over direct expenditures.
    • The GCEC will provide support to assist with: 1) planning the conference with advice from past GCEC Conference hosts, 2) marketing the conference to the GCEC membership, and 3) assisting with the delegate registration process, and 4) administering the feedback survey.

    GCEC Conference Host Schools – Past and Current:

    1997 – University of Maryland
    1998 – University of Maryland
    1999 – University of Southern California
    2000 – Ball State University
    2001 – Wake Forest University
    2002 – Babson College
    2003 – Texas Christian University
    2004 – University of Portland
    2005 – University of North Carolina
    2006 – Northern Kentucky University (with Univ. of Cincinnati and Univ. of Dayton)
    2007 – Syracuse University
    2008 – University of Arizona
    2009 – Rice University
    2010 – Pennsylvania State University
    2011 – University of Southern California
    2012 – Georgetown University
    2013 – University of Missouri Kansas City
    2014 – University College London
    2015 – University of Florida
    2016 – University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology
    2017 – Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and Univ. of New Brunswick
    2018 – DePaul University and Illinois Institute of Technology
    2019 – Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, Stockholm, Sweden
    2020 – University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV) – virtual
    2021 – Loyola University Maryland and University of Baltimore
    2022 – University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV)
    2023 – University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) – 27th Annual GCEC Conference