If you have a topic that you would like to present or a panel session you would like to organize at the upcoming GCEC Entrepreneurship Conference on October 12-14, 2017, submit your proposal by July 21st with the button on the right.








October 12-14, 2017

Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax is a historic port city on the Atlantic Ocean and a major economic center in Atlantic Canada. GCEC attendees can take advantage of the Celtic Colors International Festival featuring world class concerts and events, view the change of season colors, tour the Tall Ships and take other Historic Tours, and enjoy Lobster and other Culinary Adventures, wineries, whale watching, world class golfing, hiking, cycling, rafting, kayaking, national parks, and visit five world-renown UNESCO-designated landscapes.


Keynote Speakers this year will include Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande. Desh founded Cascade Communications with only $1,000 and later sold it for $3.7 billion.  He has a 30-year entrepreneurial career as the founder, founding investor or chairman of several companies including Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.  The Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers including the Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick.


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. With over 250 university members, it has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, work together to share best practices, develop programs, and collaborate in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The annual GCEC Conference is an opportunity to share information about your university’s entrepreneurship programs and to gain exposure for your successful initiatives.  It is also an opportunity to learn from the best practices at other universities and to network with entrepreneurship faculty, center directors, and entrepreneurship leaders from the top universities from around the world.   Last year’s conference hosted by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology was attended by over 400 university entrepreneurship leaders!



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