Enterprise Educators UK’s Annual Conference

University of Surrey, 6th – 8th September 2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at IEEC2023!

Photographs from the conference are now available here

The conference programme is available here.

We will shortly be announcing our host for IEEC2024, and are also already looking forward to bringing the conference to Manchester in 2025 when we will be hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. Make sure you’re signed up to the EEUK mailing list to receive future notifications. 

If your organisation is interested in sponsorship & exhibitor opportunities at IEEC, please contact Conference Director Rob Edwards at

About IEEC

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

A snapshot of the IEEC community:

  • HE and FE enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners working inside or outside the curriculum
  • Incubator and enterprise centre managers, project managers, business support professionals and others who are supporting start up and growth
  • Careers and employability professionals – particularly those interested in the contribution that enterprise makes to employability
  • 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
  • Researcher developers – particularly those interested in developing enterprising attributes in early career researchers
  • Knowledge transfer professionals – particularly those who support academics to develop the skills they need to maximise the impact of their research











IEEC is organised annually by Enterprise Educators UK – find out more about EEUK here.

IEEC2023 co-host University of Surrey

The University of Surrey provides excellent education, and advances and disseminates knowledge; we transform lives and shape the world for a better future by partnering with students, governments, businesses, alumni and local communities; we strive to be a preferred partner for government, business, industry and in creating technological solutions, digital transformation and policy innovation, and the intellectual home for the local community. We aim to make our university the best place to build a career for both staff and students and believe that enterprise skills and the ability to be involved in innovation activity at all career stages, especially early stages, are essential elements of this.

Our innovation activities support entrepreneurship through facilitating collaboration with business, providing clear guidance on IP ownership, offering a range of programmes supporting start-up development for both staff and students, and providing enterprise education in curriculum and in extra curricular options. Our entrepreneurship education offering extends out into the regional business community through our SETsquared Surrey incubation offering and extends back into schools through our SurreyIDEA programme which consists of IDEA in a day sessions and summer schools for year 10 students upwards.

We have formed global relationships that promote and support entrepreneurship in the academic community, including running hackathons in the UKSEI and our UGPN network and being recognised by the UBI as global number 1 university incubation provider as part of our SETsquared Partnership which offers an excellent pipeline to success for entrepreneurs, starting with its Student Enterprise offering which also links with the Surrey Research Park through the Knowledge Exchange placements between students and their companies.

Enterprise thinking is in all of our programmes and spans the University’s networks including Surrey Sports Park, the new School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of Biosciences, Institute for Sustainability, plus the Institute for Human Centred Artificial Intelligence all here at Surrey.