IEEC 2017 – Enabling Enterprise for All

NCEE and EEUK worked in partnership to deliver the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) and which was held in Glasgow at Glasgow Caledonian University, from the 6th – 8th September.

The theme for the 12th IEEC was ‘Enabling Enterprise for All’. The conference was outward looking, engaging with delegates from across the world about the opportunities and challenges of developing enterprise, entrepreneurial skills and attributes for ALL.

Enabling students and graduates to be enterprising in all that they do was at the heart of IEEC 2017, beyond that we extended our focus to 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. We considered how universities and colleges can work more effectively with schools to achieve a more integrated approach to enterprise education at all stages of the educational journey.


Dr. Mick Jackson, Founder and CEO, WildHearts Group – the organisation behind the multi-award winning Micro-Tyco

Elin McCallum, Founder and Director of Bantani Education

Professor Heidi Neck, Jeffry A. Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College

Professor Brian MacCraith, President, Dublin City University

IEEC is highly regarded for its participatory style with a wide range of educator-led interactive parallel sessions and Pecha Kucha presentations as well as keynotes led by inspirational experts from across the world.

Participants that attended learnt, participated, connected, contributed and networked with old and new colleagues and friends. After the three days participants went home inspired to try new approaches to be more innovative and better able to maximise the impact of their work.

Participants networked and celebrated at the Gala dinner and National Enterprise Educator Award ceremony which was held at the the stunning Òran Mór arts and entertainment venue in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

Who attended?

  • HE and FE enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners working inside or outside the curriculum
  • Senior leaders in HE and FE who influence policy and strategy related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Policy makers who have influence over the provision of enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Incubator and enterprise centre managers and staff and others who are supporting venture creation and growth
  • Careers and employability professionals – particularly those interested in the contribution that enterprise makes to employability
  • Researcher developers – particularly those interested in developing enterprising attributes in early career researchers
  • Project managers and project team members supporting start-ups and SMEs
  • Knowledge transfer professionals – particularly those who support academics to develop the skills they need to maximise the impact of their research

Format of the conference

We kicked off with a networking lunch on day one followed by afternoon sessions. Participants where enabled to connect with each other at the City Chambers where they enjoyed a Civic reception hosted by The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow followed by a networking buffet.

Day two was a full education and learning day with a strong focus on innovation in delivery and learning as well as plenty of networking time. After a busy day it was time to relax and celebrate in style at the gala dinner and awards ceremony for the National Enterprise Educator Awards at Òran Mór in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

The final day drew together the learning and inspiration of the entire event and concluded with a final networking lunch and opportunity to travel home while reflecting on the key learning points of the three day event.

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