About The Summit

This Year’s Summit

GCEC has become the vehicle by which both established and emerging entrepreneurship centers can work together to share best practices, develop new endeavors, and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

In June, GCEC is coming to Spain for the first time. The European Institute for Entrepreneurship is launching the first ever GCEC European Summit with the goal of broadening the consortium.

The full summit package features:

  • Typical Spanish Breakfast & Lunch at EIE
  • Plenary Session
  • 6 Entrepreneurship Panels
  • “Blatant Self Promotion” Activity
  • Transportation to Segovia and El Escorial
  • Cochinillo Dinner at Mesón de Cándido
  • Open Bar at Euroforum
  • Accommodation in Finca Felipe II (4-star hotel)
  • Banquet Breakfast
  • Exclusive Tour of Monastery in El Escorial
  • Gourmet Finger Lunch
  • Free sun for everyone!


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres (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.

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 an GCEC member school.

The 2017 GCEC Conference will be hosted by Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and the University of New Brunswick, October 12 – 14, 2017.


The European Institute for Entrepreneurship (EIE) was established in 2013 to support entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship. With a center in Madrid and another soon to open in London, the EIE offers a series of activities, initiatives, and programs for startups, SMEs, and those wanting to learn about entrepreneurship. While the EIE is not directly affiliated with a university, as a leading entrepreneurial center in Madrid they have a wealth of experience in best practice both in running an entrepreneurial center and providing support and formative programs for entrepreneurs.

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The EIE has been driving the Madrid Lean City initiative, which promotes Madrid as an Early Stage Startup Hub. Research comparing the major entrepreneurial ecosystems of today shows that Madrid is one of the most affordable and resourceful cities. As the capital and largest city of Spain, Madrid has a metro area population of around 6.3 million and is known for the quality of its technical talent.

According to the European Commission, “The Madrid urban agglomeration has the third-largest GDP in the European Union, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial center of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies.”

Through exposure, collaboration, and growth, we are aiming to create a stronger, more united ecosystem in which entrepreneurs can thrive.

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The Foundation for Knowledge madri+d started in 2002. During these years, the fundamental objectives have been to make science, technology and innovation a key element of the competitiveness and well-being of citizens. Recently, they have been designated by the regional government to guarantee the quality of higher education through the accreditation of teaching staff and degrees.

Madri+d develops programs and provides services in accreditation and quality of higher education, technology transfer, creation of technology-based companies, participation in European research and communication programs and scientific culture. Additionally, they foster cooperation between the university, scientific, and business fields by helping to articulate an innovative, knowledge-based, efficient and integrated regional ecosystem in the European Union.