Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

IEEC2019, Enterprise Educators UK’s annual conference, will be at Oxford Brookes University 4th – 6th September 2019 – save those dates!


  • The IEEC2018 Conference App, sponsored by Business Enterprise Fund, is available here.
  • The full programme is available here and can be downloaded as a PDF here.
  • The parallel session table is available here and can be downloaded as a PDF here.

IEEC is the leading global three day forum for enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners – this year we are in Leeds for the 13th International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC2018).

IEEC is highly regarded for its participatory style with a wide range of educator-led interactive parallel sessions and Pecha Kucha presentations as well as keynotes led by inspirational experts from across the world.

By attending you will learn, participate, connect, contribute and network with old and new colleagues and friends. Most importantly, at the end of the three days, you will go home inspired to try new approaches, enabled and equipped to be more innovative and better able to maximise the impact of your work.

Who should attend?

  • HE and FE enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners working inside or outside the curriculum
  • Senior leaders in HE and FE who influence policy and strategy related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Policy makers who have influence over the provision of enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Incubator and enterprise centre managers and staff and others who are supporting venture creation and growth
  • Careers and employability professionals – particularly those interested in the contribution that enterprise makes to employability
  • Researcher developers – particularly those interested in developing enterprising attributes in early career researchers
  • Project managers and project team members supporting start-ups and SMEs
  • Knowledge transfer professionals – particularly those who support academics to develop the skills they need to maximise the impact of their research


Jing Zhang, China Chief Representative of the UK Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and an enterprise educator. Jing will discuss the “wild land” of opportunity for enterprise education in China.

Dr Martin Lackéus, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Martin holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Education and will discuss a ‘high tension approach’ to designing an entrepreneurial university.

Professor Hideyuki Horii, Executive Director, i.school and Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo. Prof. Horii will discuss how i.school and the Japan Social Innovation Center support the development of innovative ideas for products, services, business models and social systems.

Dr Margherita Bacigalupo, Research fellow at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission. Margherita will share her passion for EntreComp, the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework . She will introduce EntreComp into Action and will present a selection of cases focusing on how EntreComp is being used in Higher Education.

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL. In his keynote ‘The Power of University to Power the World’, Lord Bilimoria will discuss live policy issues of relevance to enterprise educators and will present his vision for how EEUK and its members can help to influence future policy.

Dr Todd Davey, Associate Professor for Entrepreneurship at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School. Dr Davey will present on the future (entrepreneurial) university, drawing on good practice cases from across Europe.

More information about the keynote speakers and their sessions can be found here.

Why Leeds?

Leeds is a one of the UK’s premier business tourism destinations renowned for its excellent culture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants and great sporting tradition. It also provides the perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Leeds is the UK’s third largest city and has an incredibly diverse economy with the UK’s largest centres for business, legal, and financial services outside London. Other business strengths include manufacturing, biotech and the creative industries. Information about Leeds and the surrounding area can be found here.

Leeds Beckett University has a long standing reputation for supporting graduate enterprise and entrepreneurship. In the last 15 years we have supported over 800 businesses through a network of University Business Centres in the region.

These Centres offer managed workspace plus access to mentoring, training and events which help businesses to accelerate their growth. Being enterprising is a graduate attribute that is embedded throughout the University’s curriculum.