The National Conference & Pitch Competition, hosted by The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) will bring together nearly 1,500 young entrepreneurs, students and faculty nationwide to provide a 2 ½ day forum that will inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. CEO is a global network consisting of over 250 chapters and 7,500 students. Approximately 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders help to infuse entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities nationally by sharing their ideas and expertise with our high energy audience of aspiring collegiate entrepreneurs. The conference also offers students the opportunity to network with peers on a global platform.
Speaker submissions are open until August 29th.
CEO offers its speakers engaging opportunities for exposure and recognition. Sessions will attract collegiate students and business professionals interested in learning from your expertise and experience. Speakers who are already well established can continue to build their reputation, sharing content heavy/subject matter topics or development success stories; for breakout workshops or keynote sessions, respectively. These impactful topics help shape young entrepreneurial minds. Speaking engagements are predetermined. Due to speakers being confirmed on a rolling basis, and filled according to experience, expertise and topic content, we encourage prospective speakers to submit their proposals as soon as possible. Remember, the deadline is August 29, 2017.
Proposals will be considered for the following type of sessions:
Chapter Development/Faculty Development:
-These sessions address student’s/faculty organization and institution leaders, respectively.
-The goal of a Chapter Development session is to engage and develop young leaders to build successful entrepreneurial initiatives on their campus.
-Typical speakers include leadership development, team coaching, successful chapter leaders & faculty center or program directors.
-Chapter Development sessions occur on Thursday; Faculty Development sessions occur Thursday – Saturday.
-Faculty are welcome to submit research topics & key to success proposals.
-These sessions address the entire audience and will take palace in the Main Hall.
-Keynote Sessions are 1 ½ - 2 hours in length.
-Presenters are asked to speak for for 20-30 minutes as the session may include up to three (3) presenters plus announcements, awards and/or meals.
-Please be advised that these sessions are in high demand. All Keynote engagements are selected by a committee.
-Keynotes should energize, inspire and engage the audience.
Concurrent Breakout Workshops:
-The attendance at individual sessions can range from 40-150 guests.
-Six to eight sessions are offered during each time slot.
-These sessions are 50 minutes in length. Presenters are asked to speak for 35 minutes, allowing approximately 15 minutes for Q&A.
-Breakout sessions are designed to be content heavy with a subject matter focus. Workshops are best.
Speaker Topics: We are looking for successful entrepreneurs, active business leaders and service providers who are experts in their respective fields to share entrepreneurial experiences, wisdom and specific content that attendees can immediately apply along their entrepreneurial journey. Please note, the following list is an Assurance of Learning (AOL) comprehensive list of topic, CEO is open to consider proposals outside of the AOL guidelines.
Starting a Business
The Business Plan
The Tech Entrepreneur
Accounting & Legal Issues
Leveraging Entrepreneurship Programs
and other topics
Submit your Proposal via Online Form’s Only If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact CEOSpeakers@c-e-o.org
If chosen, you understand that and agree to:
-Regrettably CEO does not pay speakers fees or travel expenses – it’s for the students [remember, CEO is a 501(c)(3)] non-profit organization. CEO may be able to provide discounted lodging opportunities.
-You will be responsible for any shipping/receiving charges that may be incurred if sending materials or books.
-You are giving CEO permission to use your name and photo promotions.
-You are relinquishing permission to CEO for all still, video, broadcast, and/or sound recordings which may be made of the conference and by agreeing to participate as a speaker is regarded as permission to participate in still, video, broadcast and/or sound recordings.
-Your conference registration will be complimentary, which will include any CEO sponsored networking receptions.
-You will have a speaker listing and company reference in the conference program and website.
-The dress code is business casual/professional.
-CEO will not permit presentation submissions on-site.
-You agree to refrain from “self promotion” (advertising pitches) while presenting.
-You are expected to check-in with the conference registration desk at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled talk or your presentation may be filled with another speaker.
-You are expected to send in a draft presentation for review six weeks prior to your scheduled time.
-You are expected to meet with students for at least 20 minutes after your session for informal Q&A in “Mentor Session” areas (Bring your sunblock – it’s sunny in Tampa, FL).
-For Keynote sessions, the only audio visual equipment CEO will provide is a podium, wireless/lapel mic, two Projection Screens, Music and workstations to manage PowerPoint. All presentations must be submitted 3 weeks in advance.
On behalf of the Innovation Team, here at CEO, we would like to thank you for considering joining us for our 2016 Conference. Should you have any extensive questions or need to speak with a team member, please contact us at (813) 258-7CEO.