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The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) 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. The GCEC current membership totals 225+ university-based entrepreneurship centers ranging in age from well-established and nationally ranked to new and emerging centers.  

DePaul University

DePaul University DePaul University has been ranked in the Top 25 entrepreneurship programs for the past decade. Many of our faculty have been teaching in this field for almost three decades and have been active with GCEC since its inception. DePaul University sits in Chicago's central business district, allowing students, faculty, and visitors to experience the university and all the city has to offer in one central location. The university is dedicated to academic learning and teaching while preparing future leaders for the industry. There are 15,407 undergraduate students and 7,703 graduate students from 100 countries around the world. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul University among the country's 25 "Most Innovative Schools."

Driehaus College of Business

The Driehaus College of Business leverages its Chicago location with innovative faculty and staff to develop socially responsible leaders who are prepared to add immediate value in today's diverse and global environment. Driehaus College of Business Rankings & Awards Include: —In 2017, the Driehaus College of Business was ranked an “Excellent Business School with Reinforcing International Influence” among U.S. institutions in Eduniversal’s annual survey of deans at the top 1,000 business schools worldwide. —Ranked highly for the diversity of business graduates in 25 categories of the "Top 100 Degree Producers 2015" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine —Ranked 23rd in the Top Business Schools for Academic Quality, based on a national survey of business students released by GraduatePrograms.com in 2015. —The Department of Management & Entrepreneurship provides a curriculum of interrelated courses and learning experiences that focus on dealing with complex and ill-defined management challenges across functional business areas. The rigors of uncertainty and ambiguity in contemporary global organizations require that students exhibit a high degree of skill in analysis, synthesis and conceptual ability.

Coleman Entrepreneurship Center

The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center (CEC) was established in 2003 with support from the Coleman Foundation to encourage the study and successful practice of entrepreneurship in its connection to a community of practicing entrepreneurs. Through our Coleman Chair, Dr. Harold Welsch, and connection with the Coleman Foundation, we have been connected to the GCEC and USASBE as members for many years. The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center empowers students, alumni and our community members to build sustainable businesses that do good and do well in Chicago. We are the hub to connect, advise and inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in creating businesses with purpose and passion. Our experiential programs, vibrant ecosystem and academic curriculum cultivate a foundation for entrepreneurial success for our entire DePaul community. As a partner to DePaul's leading academic Entrepreneurship program, the Coleman Center is where entrepreneurial theory meets practice. Over the past decade, we have provided coaching to undergraduate and graduate students on campus, guided alumni in developing their entrepreneurial ventures, and delivered consulting services and educational workshops to the community. 

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, is a private, technology-focused research university 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. Illinois Tech comprises 8 colleges, giving rise to its leadership in interdisciplinary education and research. Innovations such as the cell phone, magnetic recording tape, tall building architecture and barcode technology are just a few of the innovations associated with Illinois Tech. S.R. Crown Hall is a National Historic Landmark, an iconic building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The Institute for Food Safety and Health is a world-renowned food science research institute. Launched in 1995, the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program features teams of students from a variety of majors that develop solutions to real-world problems using design-centered methodology and innovative thinking. The University Technology Park is home to the Illinois Tech Research Institute (IITRI) and is an incubator for technology and science-based startup companies.

The Stuart School of Business

As Chicago's only business school within a technological university, the Stuart School of Business offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and non-degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs, dual-degree programs, and several interdisciplinary specializations. Our graduate and Ph.D. courses offer flexible part-time and evening scheduling options. The Stuart School of Business has a unique faculty culture built on collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and innovative instructional practices. There are Affiliate Faculty from across the university who provide opportunities for collaborative research and education. The Friday Research Series showcases several ongoing academic research projects conducted by Stuart faculty, as well as research presentations made by faculty at other leading business schools.

Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center

Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center (KEC Center), a unit of the Stuart School of Business, offers a wide variety of supportive services for start-up and existing small businesses located in and around Illinois Institute of Technology and throughout Chicago. The KEC Center is proud to be part of the City of Chicago’s Small Business Opportunity Center program, because a strong vibrant local economy is good for all Chicagoans. The KEC Center is proud to serve Illinois Tech students, faculty and staff, as well as entrepreneurs from the community. Innovation drives today's business, but innovation is only the beginning. The road to commercializing a product idea or revolutionary new service is difficult and filled with obstacles. The Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, a Small Business Opportunity Center for the City of Chicago, is available to help entrepreneurs find resources to overcome these obstacles and get them on the path to success.