Enterprise support

300 Global Delegates attend 14th International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC) at Oxford Brookes

Tuesday, 05 November 2019


More than 300 delegates from as far away as Russia, China and Australia recently travelled to Oxford Brookes University for the 14th International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC).

More than 300 delegates from as far away as Russia, China and Australia recently travelled to Oxford Brookes University for the 14th International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC). The aim of this leading, annual global forum is for enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners to share knowledge, ideas and expertise, and learn new approaches to better maximise their impact.

Commented Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support Manager, Lydiah Igweh, “The IEEC is the pre-eminent event for enterprise educators globally and it was an honour for Oxford Brookes to be chosen to host this conference. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are key to the culture and values of Oxford Brookes and the University offers internationally-recognised, inspirational spaces, that create a hub for ideas and learning. IEEC was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the excellent work of our students and staff as well as chance to contribute to the sector more widely.”

During this three day learning event, a host of unparalleled speakers took to the stage to share their insights. Keynote speakers included Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) Patron and founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, and Dr Yankong Zhu, Dean of Zingy International Education Institute for Entrepreneurship in China. A complete list of keynote speakers and resources from IEEC can be found here.

The conference is well regarded for its participatory sessions including a  range of interactive workshops, presentations including PechaKucha sessions, which involve sharing work in a Japanese storytelling format that allows a presenter 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary each. Valuable skills development sessions included hackathons, how to be an intrapreneurial student, and accessible enterprise education.  The event also included a Gala Dinner held at the Oxford Town Hall, which gave a superb opportunity to connect and  network with enterprise educators. 

The IEEC was just one event in a whole series of entrepreneurial skills development and enrichment opportunities at Oxford Brookes this academic year.

Lydiah Igweh continues, ““A combination of inspirational opportunities and individually-tailored support helps our community bring their ideas to life and it is events such as these, packed with extra-special individuals, that help motivate and inspire our students and staff to develop the entrepreneurial magic.”

The year of enterprise learning continues with a wide range of flexible training and mentoring opportunities.  The two-week Thrive Festival (18-30 November) is sponsored by Santander Universities and is designed to help individuals grow their talents and realise their potential. This is followed in January by the Evolve Conference for staff and the eight-week Catalyst incubator programme in the summer. These events are all part of a comprehensive training scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs, who benefit from interacting with experienced mentors working in the industry and get to practice their enterprise skills in real life situations – ensuring our community truly embed our guiding principles of enterprising creativity and generosity of spirit.  

Find out more about Brookes Enterprise Support and get involved.

The IEEC is organised by Enterprise Educators UK and the 15th Annual IEEC will be held in 2020 at Aston University in Birmingham on 9-11th September.