IEEC2021

Enterprise Educators UK’s annual conference

8th – 10th September 2021, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

The IEEC organising committee has taken the difficult decision to postpone IEEC2020 to September 2021 due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

We know the face to face networking and catching up with friends and peers in the community is one of the key features of the conference and we don’t feel we can run the full conference online so an alternative online event will be held in September 2020. The full conference, IEEC2021, will go ahead at Aston University 8th – 10th September 2021.

The organisers felt that this was the most responsible decision to take in the circumstances. We are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused but we hope delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors will understand and will save the dates for 2021.

Join us in Birmingham UK at the leading global three-day 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, seminars 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
  • 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
Testimonials
"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.

More details of the speakers can be found here

Why Birmingham?

Birmingham, the UK’s second city, is a major international commercial centre and an important cultural, retail, events and conference hub. Its central location makes it easily accessible by rail and road from anywhere in the UK and its international airport is less than ten minutes away by train. Birmingham hosts several large events such as political party conferences, a G8 summit and is to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Much of Birmingham has been transformed in recent years by major redevelopments such as Grand Central and the Bullring, and the regeneration of old industrial areas like the up and coming Jewellery Quarter. 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.

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

Aston University, 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.