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.
Chapter Development Speaker submissions are open until October 1st, 2017
On Thursday October 27th, CEO embarks on an immersive journey lead by chapter leaders that have seen success in their CEO campus organizations. We are asking that each and every CEO Leader attend our Thursday sessions beginning at 1pm. These sessions are designed to help each chapter learn and incorporate “the best practices” from one another. Networking, welcome receptions and faculty engagement will make for a very impressive line-up; all intended to ensure new, and standing leadership have the tools, connections and idea’s necessary to run a successful CEO chapter.
We strongly encourage every member to participate in Thursday’s sessions and we look forward to further developing your successful CEO Chapter. To apply, please visit the link below – but first, take a look at the available topics on the next page. Each session features a panel of about 5-10 leaders.
Dr. Pam Mickelson of Morningside College and Professor Len Sholtis of Eastern Michigan University will serve as coordinators for the Chapter Development Sessions. They will review every submission and notify faculty/student members that are selected to be panelists.
CEO members that are invited to participate will receive a 15% discount towards your registration.
Students will be considered for the following type of sessions:
- These sessions focus on student leaders sharing best practices.
- The goal of a Chapter Development session is to engage and develop young leaders to build successful entrepreneurial initiatives on their campus.
- Typical format is a panel of chapter officers sharing details on chapter operations so that students, faculty, and center directors can improve entrepreneurship programs back on campus.
- Chapter Development sessions occur on Thursday.
Idea Pitch Competitions at your University: Panelists will discuss details of their Pitch competitions which include Idea and Business Plan competitions. Topics include organization, prizes, garnering campus and community support, judging, advertising, promotions, timing, etc.
Getting the word out: Successful Entrepreneurial Events: Panelists are invited to discuss their most successful entrepreneurial events – from concept to execution. Small, medium, and major events are shared.
CEO Chapter – Building Membership: Chapter leaders will discuss how membership activities are the heart of the club. Social activities, membership duties, recruiting, notifications, faculty partnerships, benefits, retention strategies are examined.
Engaging your local Entrepreneurial Eco-System: The local entrepreneurial ecosystem is at varying stages across the United States. Panel members will discuss how their chapter E-Fusion activities support entrepreneurial learning of their members as well as how members contribute to the ecosystem.
Making the Cash: Proven Fundraising Ideas that Work: Cash is king – and needed by all chapters. This general session will highlight many proven fundraising ideas across campuses. Fundraising objectives, results, dues policies, and tactical practices will be shared.
Bringing Entrepreneurship Across Campus: Entrepreneurship is interdisciplinary – not one department or college owns this mindset. While many Management and Marketing faculty and students study the E concepts in their courses – cross campus initiatives are the focus of this session.
The E-Team: Creating an Awesome Entrepreneurship Organization: Panelists will discuss and share their organizational models. From leadership training to succession planning, marketing plans, and membership best practices can help all chapters improve their E learning.
Submit your Application 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 that:
- You must be in attendance beginning at 1pm on Thursday October 27th 2016
- 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 discounted by 15%, which will include any CEO sponsored networking receptions. The 15% discount is an additional 5% discount of the early bird registration rate.
- The dress code is business casual/professional.
- CEO will not permit presentation substitutions 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.
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.