Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

***SAVE THE DATES – IEEC2017 will be in Glasgow, September 6th to 8th 2017***

The IEEC2016 image gallery is available here.

Presentations have been uploaded. Click here for keynotes and here for interactive sessions and PechaKuchas

Three delegates have written blogs about IEEC2016:

Read ‘How was it for you?’ from EEUK Chair, Gups Jagpal, here.

Read ‘The quest for authenticity’ from EEUK Fellow, Dave Jarman, here.

Read ‘Four thoughts after IEEC2016’ from Catherine Brentnall of Ready Unlimited here.

IEEC2016 – Inspire | Innovate | Impact

IEEC2016 INSPIRED, enable delegates to INNOVATE and explored the IMPACT of the work that enterprise and entrepreneurship educators do around the globe. For the 11th year, IEEC was the leading global three day forum for enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners.

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

Delegates learnt, participated, connected, contributed and networked with old and new colleagues and friends. There was time to network and celebrate at the Gala dinner and National Enterprise Educator Awards ceremony.


Maggie O’Carroll, CEO of the Women’s Organisation, the largest developer and deliverer of enterprise support targeting women in the UK. Maggie drew on her local and international experiences, to provide a practitioner’s perspective on the contemporary issues impacting on enterprise education.

Professor Helle Neergaard, Professor of Entrepreneurship at iCARE, Department of Management and Marketing, Aarhus University. Helle inspired delegates with her innovative approaches to entrepreneurship education.

Kaz Karwowski, Executive Director, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, Rice University. Kaz brought an international leadership perspective on entrepreneurship to IEEC.

Professor David Gibson OBE, Liverpool John Moores University and Professor Andy Penaluna, University of Wales Trinity Saint David reflected on the last 10 years asking how entrepreneurial entrepreneurship educators are.

Andrew Shepperd, Co-founder Entrepreneurs Hub, visiting lecturer on entrepreneurship and management, Imperial College London and mentor on a number of start-up accelerator programmes. Andrew discussed  technology as an enabler of entrepreneurial start-ups.

IEEC2016 themes

Within the overall conference theme of INSPIRE | INNOVATE | IMPACT, our speakers, facilitators and delegates explored:

  • Innovative approaches to delivery, assessment and demonstrating impact
  • Innovative approaches to supporting pre-starts, start-ups and growing businesses
  • Sustaining enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • Diversity in enterprise and entrepreneurship education
  • International and collaborative partnerships and perspectives

Who should attend?

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners working inside or outside the curriculum in higher, further and vocational education
  • Senior education leaders 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

What’s the format?

On the morning of day one we have an optional pre-IEEC policy workshop ‘Improving Student Enterprise Education in the UK’, led by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

We then kick off the conference with a networking lunch. Following afternoon sessions focussed on inspiration, we continue to welcome our delegates and enable them to connect with each other at a networking drinks reception and buffet in the John Lennon Art and Design centre.

Day two will be a full education and learning day with a strong focus on innovation in delivery and learning as well as plenty of networking time. After a busy day it will be time to relax and celebrate in style at the gala dinner and awards ceremony for the National Enterprise Educator Awards. For this we will gather at the stunning Liverpool Cathedral.

The final day draws together the learning and inspiration of the entire event and focuses on maximising the impact of our enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes. We conclude with a final networking lunch and opportunity to travel home while reflecting on the key learning points of the three day event.

Why Liverpool?

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is ideally located at the heart of the city with excellent transport links and fabulous facilities.

LJMU is a university with employability, entrepreneurship and citizenship at the heart of the student experience. It has a key focus on social and economic engagement with excellent links to the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Liverpool is a city with a long and celebrated past with 800 years of history. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with a vibrant, year-round calendar of events and a dynamic cultural scene, Liverpool has a big city buzz and a small city warmth.

Find out more about Liverpool here and the University here.