Speak at a CEO Event 

The Global Conference & Pitch Competition, hosted by The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) will bring together nearly 1,500 young entrepreneurs, students and faculty worldwide 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 16,000 students. Approximately 80 outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders help to infuse entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities globally 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.

View Alexander Mendeluk's speaker experience at #CEONAT2016 

Speaker submissions are open until September 30st.    

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 September 30.            

Proposals will be considered for the following type of sessions:  

Keynote Sessions: 

  • 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 concurrent 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. 

Accounting for the Founder
Business Model Development 
Customer Acquisition/Sales
Entrepreneurial Support Organizations
Innovation & Technology in Entrepreneurship 
Intellectual Property 
Launching a Business
Legal Issues 
Marketing for the Entrepreneur
New Venture Funding  
Perfecting your Pitch 
Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA)  
Small Business Financing 
Social Entrepreneurship  
Universities/Faculty & Entrepreneurship 

Submit your Proposal via the Online Form Only If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact globalhq@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 in conference 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 meet with students for at least 20 minutes after your session for informal Q&A in “Mentor Session” areas
  • 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. 
  • All footage and final cut's of any video recording will be approved and by CEO before distribution by the speaker. 

On behalf of the CEO HQ team, we would like to thank you for considering joining us for our Conference.  Should you have any extensive questions or need to speak with a team member, please contact us at (813) 258-7CEO.