Over the October 1st weekend Ideator returned to New York, this time Rochester, to take part in the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. What exactly is the GCEC?
Held at the prestigious University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, the GCEC is the “premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship.”
And this next part is particularly intriguing: “It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as the 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.” (Source: GCEC)
Intriguing especially for us at Ideator, for many reasons. Among them, we are helping organizations innovate and share ideas. And also at many of the top universities around the world. 300 attendees came from all over the world to learn from one another and to discuss emerging best practices in their field. We were in good company.
Throughout the weekend awards were given to recognize both established and emerging centers of entrepreneurship.
Our friends at the the NASDAQ Center awarded the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, with their award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. And our very own Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego state won the Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines award alongside Entrepreneurship at Cornell Cornell University.
We had some great takeaways from the event, including but not limited to:
1. Entrepreneurship is booming
2. Programs are constantly being refined, and the leaders are looking for content that is easily digestible and relevant.
3. Innovation and collaboration platforms are in high demand, and have the potential to add significant value in many ways. How?
– Breaking down campus silos
– Allowing subject-matter experts to connect, engage, and collaborate virtually
– Enabling programs to start to track meaningful metrics around workforce and economic development
Universities are always looking for ways to involve alumni, and Entrepreneurship programs are a great vehicle. Why? Alumni are typically looking for three types of engagements:
1. Mentorship opportunities
2. Internship opportunities
3. Investment opportunities
Great people, wonderful learnings, superb event, all around. We’re already counting down the days until next year’s conference!
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