UMKC Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Selected to Host Global Entrepreneurship Conference

gceclogoThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management has been selected by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) to host the 2013 GCEC International Conference.

The conference will take place Oct. 24-26, 2013 at the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the UMKC Campus. This year’s conference theme is Entrepreneurial Impact: Now is the Time. Attendees will also visit the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to learn about Kauffman programs and opportunities.

The GCEC Conference, now it 17th year, is a gathering of leadership representing university-based entrepreneurship centers across the nation and around the world. In recent years, the conference has been hosted at Rice University, Penn State University, the University of Southern California and Georgetown University. Next year’s conference will be held in the UK at University College London.

According to John Norton, managing director of UMKC’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, it is an honor to be chosen to host the conference and a great opportunity for Kansas City.

“Entrepreneurship is the driver behind economic development, and Kansas City aspires to be the most entrepreneurial city in the world. This conference is an opportunity for both Kansas City and UMKC to let the world know how serious we are about that aspiration, and to show the fast pace and innovative momentum this city is experiencing right now,” Norton said.

“This presents a chance for Kansas City organizations and businesses to step up and be part of this event to represent our city and entrepreneurship community to an influential global audience.”

Norton says the conference sessions are focused less on the academic discipline of entrepreneurship and more on sharing best practices in creating the entrepreneurial experience. He notes that the goal of the Regnier Institute in developing content will be to have forward-looking conversations about what’s next in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

“We are so proud that UMKC will have the chance to show the world our expertise and leadership in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation,” UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton said. “Entrepreneurship is a priority on this campus, and our goal is to infuse entrepreneurship into every discipline, from law and engineering to health sciences and the arts. UMKC is deeply engaged with Kansas City’s goal to become the most entrepreneurial city in the nation.”

National and global universities with entrepreneurship centers ranging from new and small to established and large are on the invitation list. A few of the global universities include INSEAD, France; Universitas Ciputra, Indonesia; and IE University in Madrid.

Conference information will be available online this June at

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