Call for Conference Proposals

The Call for Presenters is open for submitting proposals to present or lead a session at this year’s Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference in Dallas, TX on October 5-7, 2023. The conference is being hosted by The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and its Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


    • Proposals are being accepted through the Reviewr platform and are due by May 31, 2023. Click here to start your submission. Program Acceptances will be sent to presenters by end of July 2023.
    • Do you want to help the UTD team review the Call for Proposals? You can sign up as a proposal reviewer here. This is a great way to put your mark on the 2023 Conference.
    • Watch a recording (Webinar #24) of the Virtual Connection session focused on engaging in the conference and submitting a proposal.


Process & Tracks

You may submit a proposal for a Presentation, Workshop, Panel discussion, or Roundtable:


  • Presentation (30 mins or 60 mins): To submit a proposal for a presentation, please provide a 2-3 paragraph summary of what you intend to talk about, with a length of about 125 to 250 words.
  • Workshop (30 mins or 60 mins): To submit a proposal to lead a workshop, please provide a 2-3 paragraph summary of the workshop purpose and activity with a length of about 125 to 250 words.
  • Panel discussion (60 mins): To submit a proposal to create and moderate a panelist session, please provide a 2-3 paragraph summary of the panel topic(s), with a length of about 125 to 250 words. Please also list your proposed panelists (3-5 individuals), who are likely to confirm their participation should your proposal be accepted in July.
  • Roundtable (60 mins): Roundtables will be scheduled during lunch breaks. To submit a proposal to lead a roundtable, please provide the topic of interest, why it is important for GCEC members to have the discussion, and 3-5 questions to prompt the roundtable participants.


Leading any of these four types of sessions is a great way to share your learnings with other schools, meet colleagues from other universities with similar interests or programs, and gain visibility for your program. Universities worldwide are welcome to submit a proposal, join the GCEC and attend the conference.


We will have 14 topics (tracks) this year, including our title topic of the year, Entrepreneurial Mindset. A brief description of each track is as follows:


  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Best Practices in Measuring Entrepreneurship Mindset Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning: Novel Approaches to Teaching Venture Creation and Entrepreneurial Mindset in either curricular or co-curricular courses
  • Entrepreneurship Center Programming: Running a portfolio of programs (including incubators, accelerators, competitions, summer programs, internships, corporate programs, etc.). Sessions can address challenges and solutions centers face among other things.
  • New and Novel Center Programming: What will be the next unique experiential and interactive programs?
  • Center Operations: This track covers many aspects of running a successful center: funding, talent management, organizational structure, metrics, forming and activating boards, marketing, communications, external relations, managing physical spaces, vendors, etc.
  • Entrepreneurial Outcomes for Extracurricular Programs: What and how do centers measure learning outcomes beyond courses.
  • Engaging the Community: The how on building the ecosystems on campus and in your community (including facilitating interdisciplinary/cross-campus partnerships, mentor networks, alumni volunteers, corporate partners, External incubators/accelerators).
  • Startup Capital: The how on linking angel investor networks, venture funds, and grants/awards to student/faculty to startup capital needs. Running angel networks and/or venture funds for you community, alumni, etc.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Programming targeted to underserved populations; inclusive community building; and measuring such outcomes.
  • Global Entrepreneurship: Curricular and Co-Curricular Global Programs, including study abroad opportunities and cross-country collaborations.
  • Applied Research: How is research being leveraged for programming and centers? How are centers facilitating the intersection of multi-disciplinary research?
  • Technology Commercialization: Curricular and co-curricular courses tied to tech commercialization; Participation in national programs (e.g., I-Corp); How centers help faculty capture, protect and license Intellectual Property.
  • Ethics and Entrepreneurship: How are centers and courses addressing ethics?
  • Specialty Teaching, Learning, and Programming: Arts entrepreneurship; interdisciplinary programs; social impact-focused programs.


You may propose more than one topic or session type. If you have questions about submitting a proposal for the GCEC Conference, please email [email protected]. For more information on the conference, visit gcecdallas.com.


Deadline to Submit is Wednesday, May 31, 2023.