Illinois Tech Partners with DePaul University for 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference


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Chicago, IL — October 16, 2018 —

Illinois Institute of Technology and DePaul University will host the 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference Thursday, October 18 through Saturday, October 20 on both universities’ campuses.

The GCEC is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Attendees will enjoy keynotes by Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity and David Kalt, founder of Reverb and get a glimpse of Chicago's entrepreneurial ecosystem by visiting one of three entrepreneurial hubs—1871, mHUB or BLUE1647. Participants will also hear from Howard Tullman, executive director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, Katlin Smith, founder of Simple Mills, and Julia Pimsleur, founder of Million Dollar Women. The conference will culminate with a farewell event at the Shedd Aquarium.

The GCEC current membership totals 225+ university-based entrepreneurship centers ranging in age from well-established and nationally ranked to new and emerging centers. Each year a global conference is held on the campus of a GCEC member school.

View the full schedule here.

About DePaul University: DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, nonprofit university in the Midwest, with nearly 22,500 students and a wide range of academic and professional programs. It is nationally recognized for incorporating service learning throughout its curriculum and preparing its graduates for a global economy. DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named. DePaul’s tradition of providing a quality education to students from a broad range of backgrounds, with particular attention to first-generation students, has resulted in one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies. More information is available at

About Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused, research university, located in Chicago, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law. One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.