The Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network (GLEN) was setup as an idea-generation forum, an opportunity for academics in Entrepreneurship to share their ideas and research. The inaugural GLEN Conference was held on May 27-28, 2011 at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre and was attended by delegates from the Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin and the Richard Ivey School of Business.
"Entrepreneurship research is a fast-growing field and there are some outstanding researchers participating in the event. The conference was initiated to gain insights from this research, give feedback on people's ideas and suggest ways to move forward. We're looking at possible collaborations for the future."—Simon Parker, Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre and MBA '80 Professor in Entrepreneurship.
"The Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile gathering. GLEN provided opportunity for faculty interested in entrepreneurship research to get an advance look at promising scholars at the collaborating schools. I was impressed with the variety and quality of the work being done by students at the various institutions."—Harry J. Sapienza, Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies/Professor of Strategic Management/Organization. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.