Schedule

day 1

Hilton Chicago
Registration
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Northwestern + UChicago Bus Tour (pre-registration required - SOLD OUT) 
12 - 5 p.m.
DePaul
New Attendee Pre-Conference Session
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
DePaul Welcome Reception Sponsored by StartupTree 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago Hospitality Suite 
Sponsored by
SDSU Lavin
Entrepreneurship
Center
10 - 11 p.m.

Registration + Welcome Events

thursday, october 18

Guests will check in at the host hotel to pick up their conference items. Beginning at 5:00pm there will be shuttles to the Welcome Party & Networking Event which will take place at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul. Guests will have the option to walk to the event or take the trolley shuttle service we will provide. During the event guests will enjoy a performance by student musicians from The DePaul School of Music. We will also feature the Idea Realization Lab across the street which is our maker space. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. After the Welcome Party concludes guests will have the option to continue networking in the hospitality suite provided at the Hilton.

day 2

Hilton Chicago
Breakfast
7-8:45 a.m.
Illinois Tech Registration + Help Desk 
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Illinois Tech
Welcome
9 a.m.
Illinois Tech Keynote: Genevieve Thiers 9:20 a.m.
Illinois Tech Sessions I-III 10:40 a.m - 3:20 p.m.
Illinois Tech Keynote: David Kalt 3:40 p.m.
1871
mHub
Blue1647
Incubator Receptions
Sponsored by VentureWell
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago Hospitality Suite
Sponsored by San Diego State University
10 - 11 p.m.

Keynotes, Sessions + Incubator Receptions

FRIday, october 19

Breakfast will be served in the Waldorf Room at the Hilton Chicago. Attendees will then take the shuttle to Illinois Tech for the conference. Morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served on the Illinois Tech campus. 

On Friday night, attendees will be asked at check in to pick one of three venues to visit; 1871, Blue1647 or mHub. We will ask that they select a venue during registration to make sure we have an even balance between each venue. We will arrange for shuttles to one of these co-working/incubator spaces for a brief introductory program, followed by a light buffet dinner and drinks. After the incubator events conclude shuttles will be provided to return guests to the Hilton. The hospitality suite will be available again this evening. 

day 3

Hilton Chicago
Breakfast
7-8:45 a.m.
Illinois Tech Registration + Help Desk 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Illinois Tech
Keynote: Howard A. Tullman
9 a.m.
Illinois Tech Keynote: Katlin Smith 9:30 a.m.
Illinois Tech Sessions IV-VI 10:40 a.m - 3:20 p.m.
Illinois Tech Keynote: Julia Pimsleur 3:40 p.m.
Illinois Tech GCEC Awards
and GCEC 2019 Stockholm Welcome

4:40 p.m.
Shedd Aquarium Closing Reception
Sponsored by The Coleman Foundation

7 - 10 p.m.
Hilton Chicago Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Tulane Albert Lepage Center
for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation
10 - 11 p.m.

Keynotes, Sessions + Closing Reception

SATURDAY, october 20

Breakfast will be served in the Waldorf Room at the Hilton Chicago. Attendees will then take the shuttle to Illinois Tech for the conference. Morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served on the Illinois Tech campus. 

On Saturday night, we will conclude the conference with a buffet and dinner at the Shedd Aquarium. The Shedd Aquarium is a perfect venue for this type of event. The hospitality suite will be available again this evening at the hotel.
Update 9-13-18: Bus Tour is SOLD OUT

Special Pre-GCEC Conference Bus Tour to the Northwestern and University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Incubators and Campuses:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

Noon - 5pm
SOLD OUT


Take advantage of the GCEC’s location in Chicago by joining us on a pre-GCEC Conference Bus Tour of the entrepreneurship incubators and business schools at Northwestern University (Kellogg) and the University of Chicago (Booth). You will tour the architecturally acclaimed buildings of Kellogg and Booth as well as the incubators for each campus, including The Garage at Northwestern and the Polsky Center at UChicago. The bus tour will take you along the magnificent shoreline of Lake Michigan and will visit: Kellogg Global Hub, The Garage, Chicago Booth, and the Polsky Center.
  • Bus leaves at Noon (location TBD)
  • Returns at 5:00 pm to the DePaul campus
  • Includes a box lunch
  • Limited to 50 participants (first-come, first-served basis)