Collaborations Help Us Thrive!

This is why GCEC 2017 will be hosted by three universities, all hailing from the Canadian Maritimes; Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, and the University of New Brunswick.

About the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The GCEC current membership totals 225+ university-based entrepreneurship centers ranging in age from well-established and nationally ranked to new and emerging centers.

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (NNCE) was established as the platform that supports entrepreneurial activity and initiatives across all faculties within the Dalhousie and with external stakeholders in the community. Since 2004, we’ve been cultivating and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through curriculum, workshops, seminars, and competitions so that students, faculty and members of the community can develop the skills and creativity needed to bring ideas to market. We cultivate a pipeline of creators and entrepreneurs for the local and regional economy who have the skills to turn ideas into successful ventures.

Saint Mary’s University

The Sobey School Business Development Centre (SSBDC), located on the Saint Mary’s University campus, is a prominent provider of university-based business support services in Atlantic Canada. Over the past 25 years, the SSBDC has worked to enhance our community’s prosperity by helping business and student leaders reach their entrepreneurial potential. Recognized regionally, nationally and globally for their programs, the SSBDC supports leaders through consulting, training, promoting entrepreneurship on and off campus and cultivating community connections.

In the last five years, the SSBDC has engaged more than 4,000 students and 3,000 businesses in entrepreneurial support and learning activities. The SSBDC continues to build on past success by increasing support to students and business owners alike through enhancing our services and support to meet the needs of our growing business community.

University of New Brunswick

The Pond-Deshpande Centre, founded by Desh Deshpande and his wife Jaishree and Gerry Pond and his wife Anne, with its home-base at the University of New Brunswick, is a catalyst for innovation & entrepreneurship across New Brunswick and throughout the region. The Centre is a member of the Deshpande Foundation family with sister centres at Queen’s, MIT, EforAll in Lowell, MA,  Hubli, India & Madras. With strong core values, the PDC promotes collaboration among entrepreneurs emerging companies, students, faculty and alumni as well as cooperation, connections and dialogue on a local, national and global scale. The PDC believes that to help create Atlantic Canada’s next economy, it is imperative to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators and provide The Right Support, The Right Tools at the Right Time.

Through engaging with post-secondary students at universities and colleges, the PDC facilitates the development of youth entrepreneurs through its Student Ambassador Program and the Youth Entrepreneurship Atlantic Summit which has engaged with 2000+ post-secondary students. As such, they are inspired to develop their own ideas, pursue their own purpose-driven paths, and create their own futures while providing opportunities for others. Importantly, they have begun to change the narrative of the region.

The PDC provides crucial funding and support to early-stage companies and emerging entrepreneurs to enable them to test ideas and develop high impact businesses through the ChangeMaker Funding Program. In the past 5 years, the PDC has supported 120+ companies and entrepreneurs.  In addition, the Centre promotes and inspires social innovation in the region through programs such as the B4C (Be.For.Change) Social Venture Accelerator for triple bottom line companies and NouLAB, Atlantic Canada’s first Social Innovation Lab. NouLAB brings together diverse innovators within the public, private and academic sectors to act together to understand and address our most complex social, environmental, and economic challenges.

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