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A GCEC to Remember

In case you missed it, we had the pleasure of hosting this year’s GCEC conference at Aula Medica here in Stockholm two weeks ago! Over the course of two days, 400 university entrepreneurship center directors  from 29 countries and 6 continents, participated in our more than 70 breakout sessions. To give you a glimpse of what happened, here is a brief recap.

On Thursday Sep 26th, we gathered at The Royal College of Music (KMH) for a welcome mingle where participants flying in from all over the world got to meet and greet for the first time.

On Friday morning, after the inauguration of the conference, participants were divided into a myriad of breakout sessions on topics such as “How to facilitate radical collaboration through hackathons”, “How to fix the diversity problem”, “How to develop an entrepreneurial culture” and “How hidden biases limit impact”.

In addition to all breakout sessions, we had the privilege of listening to Ola Rosling from Gapminder, Sara Wimmercranz and Susanne Najafi from Backing Minds and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, four great keynote speakers who blew our minds with their thoughts on the democratization of knowledge, the importance of diversity and the astounding extent of human ignorance.

Later that same day, we were honored to welcome H.R.H Prince Daniel of Sweden to participate in some of the breakout sessions and introduce him to the latest discourse within global entrepreneurship education.

Wanting to show off Stockholm from its most beautiful and impressive side, we welcomed all 400 guests to dinner at the Vasa Museum on Friday night to join us in celebrating one of the most revered failures in Swedish history, the sinking of the Vasa.

On Saturday afternoon, as always with GCEC, the conference ended with a big award ceremony, celebrating and paying homage to the most outstanding entrepreneurship centers in the world. 

Hats off to all the winners and thank you all for making this experience unforgettable!

Photos: Lukas Andersson