Enterprise Educators UK’s annual conference

***Next at Swansea University 7th – 9th September 2022***


Join us at the leading forum for enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners – the 15th International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (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.

In 2021 the conference will be delivered online over three half days. For details of the programme please click here.

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

Who should participate?

  • 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
"Well done, it was a really excellent conference. Just keep doing what you do."
IEEC delegate

"I liked everything, but was most impressed with the interactive character of the workshops. Wonderful!"

IEEC delegate

"Very well organised and a great variety of speakers and topics. It was fantastic to see so many international speakers (and delegates) at the conference this year."

IEEC delegate

"Really enjoyable conference, lots of interesting stuff going on, interesting people and well thought out in terms of timing etc - well done!"

IEEC delegate
It is a brilliant conference and I love the way everyone involved in this area is keen to share their experiences and help others.”
IEEC delegate

Keynote speakers

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston University

Gia Gintaute Vitkute, serial traveller, entrepreneur and founder of Life in Sync Coaching, alumna of Lancaster University

Professor Ulla Hytti, Head of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Turku and recipient of 2019 European Entrepreneurship Education Award

Dr Kelly Smith, Senior Lecturer (Teaching Focused) in Entrepreneurship, University of Birmingham

Dr Emily Beaumont, Academic Subject Lead for Strategy, Enterprise, Leadership and Management, University of Gloucestershire

Dr Breda O’Dwyer, Senior Lecturer and Head of CEED (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development), Munster Technological University

Alison Price, Head of Policy and Professional Development, EEUK

Paula Whitehouse, Associate Dean for Enterprise in the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University, and Director of the Aston Centre for Growth

Dr Sophie-Louise Hyde, Student Enterprise Manager, Loughborough University

More details of the speakers can be found here. 

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

IEEC2021 co-host Aston University

Enterprise is at the heart of Birmingham, a city that has produced the most start-ups in the country outside London for seven consecutive years.

Aston University, Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year, founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, is proud to be known for its strengths in enterprise and entrepreneurship. It is at the forefront of the West Midlands region’s transformation from industrial heartland to vibrant entrepreneurial hotspot embracing youth, diversity and innovation. The Aston Centre for Growth offers a rich ecosystem of leading-edge research and pioneering programmes which offer targeted support from start-up to scale-up, connecting students and business leaders and giving them the tools to tackle challenges through different stages of their growth. The long running and award winning BSEEN programme drives the support for student and graduate startups in the City through its collaborative approach involving four of Birmingham’s universities.  CREME (the Centre for Research into Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship) has built up an enviable reputation regionally, nationally and internationally for its pioneering research and business engagement activities, promoting diversity and enterprise.  The ERC (Enterprise Research Centre) is the UK’s leading centre of excellence for research into the growth, innovation and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Its research helps shape better policies and practices that enable SMEs to thrive. And the most recent addition, The Centre for Innovation in Enterprise Education, was established to become a centre for excellence in team based executive, leadership and entrepreneurship education.

Birmingham, the UK’s second city, is a major international commercial centre and an important cultural, retail, events and conference hub. Much of Birmingham has been transformed in recent years by major redevelopments such as Grand Central and the Bullring, old industrial areas like the up and coming Jewellery Quarter and the recent regeneration of ‘Paradise’. Birmingham is also home to internationally-renowned cultural institutions such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as vibrant and influential grassroots tech, art, music, literary and culinary scenes.