International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC)

IEEC 2017 – Enabling Enterprise for All

NCEE and EEUK delivered the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference at Glasgow Caledonian University, from 6 – 8 September 2017.

The theme of the 12th IEEC was ‘Enabling Enterprise for All’. Delegates from across the world considered the opportunities and challenges of developing enterprise, and entrepreneurial skills and attributes.

Enabling students and graduates to be enterprising in all that they do was at the heart of IEEC 2017. There was also a focus on:

  • Supporting start-up and growth in the business community
  • Postdoctoral and academic enterprise
  • Social innovation
  • Entrepreneurial institutions 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.

Format of the conference

The conference was a mixture of keynotes from world-renowned experts, educator-led interactive parallel sessions, and Pecha Kucha presentations.

We kicked off with a networking lunch on day one followed by afternoon sessions.

Participants enjoyed further networking opportunities at a Civic reception at the City Chambers hosted by The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow.

Day two was a full education and learning day with a strong focus on innovation in delivery and learning. 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 from the conference. It concluded with a final networking lunch. Participants went home inspired to try new approaches to be more innovative and better able to maximise the impact of their work.

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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

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