OCTOBER 18-20, 2018
Hosted by DePaul University and Illinois Institute of Technology

GCEC 2018

DePaul University and Illinois Institute of Technology are hosting the 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) annual conference. This conference will be held October 18-20, 2018 in Chicago, IL and hosted jointly on the Illinois Tech and DePaul campuses.

Chicago: Big City, Big Impact!

A vibrant and world-renowned entrepreneurial ecosystem has developed in Chicago to support starting and building businesses. There are over 88 different incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces in Chicago, and many are tied to our universities.
Rich Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Chicago boasts over 88 different incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces.
Cultural Attractions and Dining
The city is home to dozens of cultural institutions and  unparalleled dining.
Hosted by Top Programs
DePaul and IIT are consistently ranked among the country's top academic programs. 

Conference Schedule

The 2018 GCEC Conference will be held jointly on DePaul and Illinois Tech campuses in Chicago, Illinois. Shuttles to and from the host hotel, the Hilton Chicago, will be provided to all events.

Registration +
Welcome Events

After check-in at the hotel, guests are invited to the Welcome Party & Networking Events, featuring music, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages.  After the party guests will have the option to continue networking in the hospitality suite provided at the Hilton Chicago. 
Hilton Hotel
DePaul Pre-conference Sessions
Welcome Reception & Networking 

Hospitality Suite

Keynotes, Sessions + Incubator Receptions

After breakfast, attendees will shuttle to Illinois Tech for keynote addresses (morning + afternoon), sessions, luncheon and networking. In the evening, conference-goers will visit one of three incubator spaces—1871, Blue1647 or mHub—where they will enjoy an introductory program and light buffet dinner. Shuttles will bring participants back to the hotel where the hospitality suite will be available.
Illinois Tech Opening Keynote
Morning Sessions
Lunch & Networking

Afternoon Sessions
GCEC Board Meeting
Afternoon Keynote

1871, mHUB, or BLUE1647
Reception at Incubators
Hotel Hospitality Suite

Keynotes, Sessions +
Closing Reception

After breakfast, attendees will again shuttle to Illinois Tech for keynote addresses, sessions, luncheon and networking. The conference concludes in the evening with a buffet and awards dinner at the Shedd Aquarium.  The hospitality suite will be available again this evening at the hotel.
Illinois Tech Morning Keynote
Morning Sessions
Lunch & Networking
Afternoon Sessions
Closing Keynote & Awards 

Shedd Aquarium
Closing Reception
Hotel Hospitality Suite

Host Hotel

Located across from Grant Park and Lake Michigan, the Hilton Chicago is a tremendous venue for our conference. We have a block of 300 rooms reserved for a rate of $219/night. Self-parking for $57/day & Valet for $71/day. Make your reservation early, as the room block will sell out fast.
Hilton Chicago
720 S Michigan Ave
+1 (877) 865-5320 | Reference code: 


The 2018 GCEC Conference is hosted by DePaul University's Driehaus College of Business and Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business. It is supported by The Coleman Foundation and VentureWell. Interested in learning more about becoming an event sponsor? Download our sponsor opportunities brochure to learn more or contact us!