The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the industry vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share information, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the contributions and impact of individual centers.
The GCEC membership includes 250 university-based entrepreneurship programs ranging in age from well-established and nationally ranked to new and emerging programs. Each year a global conference is held on the campus of a GCEC member school.
Created by bold visionaries and tech pioneers, UT Dallas has nurtured generations of innovators in its first 50 years. Our roots go back to the 1960s when the three founders of Texas Instruments — Eugene McDermott, Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green — established the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest as a source of advanced research and trained scientists to benefit the state and the nation. Our creativity and enterprising spirit has been — and will continue to be — UT Dallas’ guiding light.
At the Institute we strive to enable the next generation’s new ventures by utilizing world-class academic education, industry-leading experiential training, and venture mentorship, to work with the entire campus to equip our students, alumni, and faculty with the support they need to discover the entrepreneurial mindset and launch new businesses.