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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 hosted by The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and its Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY May 31, 2023. Program Acceptances will be sent by end of July 2023. Please send questions to gcecdallas@utdallas.edu.

Please note you may submit a proposal for a Presentation, Workshop, Panel discussion, or Roundtable: 

  • Presentation (30 mins or 60 mins): To submit a proposal, please provide a 2-3 paragraph summary of what you intend to talk about, with a length of 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 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 fantastic way to share your learnings with other schools, meet colleagues from other universities with similar interests or programs, and gain visibility for your program. Anyone from any university from any country is welcome to submit a proposal and attend the conference. 

As guidance for your application, judges will be assessing each submission with the following criteria: Has alignment with the chosen track, provides value to other attendees, is relevant in the current higher education climate, and would be adaptable to or useable in other institutions. 

Note: there are no limits to the number of submissions from you as a presenter or from your university; however, the limits to the number of acceptances for the program may be based on you as a presenter.

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: 

  1. Entrepreneurial Mindset  
    • Best Practices in Measuring Entrepreneurship Mindset: Inside and Outside the Classroom. 
  2. Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning
    • Novel Approaches to Teaching Venture Creation and Entrepreneurial Mindset in either curricular or co-curricular courses. 
  3. 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. 
  4. New and Novel Center Programming  
    • What will be the next unique experiential and interactive programs? 
  5. 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. 
  6. Entrepreneurial Outcomes: Extracurricular Programs 
    • What and how do centers measure learning outcomes beyond courses? 
  7. Engaging the Community  
    • The "how to" on building the ecosystems on campus and in your community (including facilitating interdisciplinary/cross-campus partnerships, Mentor Networks, Alumni Volunteers, Corporate Partners, and External Incubators/Accelerators). 
  8. Startup Capital 
    • The “how to” 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 your community, alums, etc. 
  9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    • Programming Targeted to Underserved Populations, Inclusive Community Building, and measuring such outcomes. 
  10. Global Entrepreneurship  
    • Curricular and Co-Curricular Global Programs, including study abroad opportunities and cross-country collaborations. 
  11. Applied Research 
    • How is research being leveraged for programming and centers? How are centers facilitating the intersection of multi-disciplinary research? 
  12. 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. 
  13. Ethics and Entrepreneurship  
    • How are centers and courses addressing ethics? 
  14. Specialty Teaching, Learning, and Programming  
    • Arts entrepreneurship; interdisciplinary programs; social impact focused programs. 
  15. Other topics
    • Should you be unsure where your proposed topic fits in the above (e.g. Emerging Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges)

You may propose more than one topic or session type.