GCEC Awards


2018 GCEC Award Nominations Open June 15
Due – August 6, 2018

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Welcome
The GCEC awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship! We are excited to read about the great achievements of university entrepreneurship programs and proud to recognize them. Each year, the GCEC recognizes the top entrepreneurship programs in seven (7) categories.

Award winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony at the GCEC Conference in Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 2018.  Starting this year, a leader from your Center must be registered for the conference to be considered for an award. 

Nominations must be received by midnight Monday, August 6, 2018 to be considered.
For questions, please contact one of the following:
Elana Fine, Chair of the GCEC Awards Committee
Executive Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship
Email: efine@rhsmith.umd.edu

Mary Lynn Fernau
Marketing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Email: mlfernau@rice.edu

Description
Awards can be submitted in the following eight categories:

  1. Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center
  2. Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation
  3. Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines
  4. Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education
  5. Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation
  6. Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership
  7. NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence

Awards are selected by a committee of judges, comprised primarily of past winners.

Submission Information

  • Each Nomination is limited to 3 pages (PLUS, a cover page with contact information), and should be submitted through the Reviewr platform.  All documents should be submitted as PDF files.  An Appendix and/or Supplemental information (maximum 10 pages) should be provided and must be appended to the 3-page Nomination, and sent as a single PDF file. The total PDF file should be no more than 14 pages (cover page, 3-page nomination, and 10-page appendix) and no more than 10MB.
  • One exception is the NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. The nomination can be up to 5 pages (plus cover page and 10-page appendix). The total page count maximum for the NASDAQ application with appendix is 16 pages and 10MB in size.
  • Center Directors should submit nominations for the category that they believe best fits their Center’s accomplishments. It is a Center Director’s responsibility to evaluate the category that can best be articulated in terms of their Center’s focus, achievements, and purpose. A university may apply for awards in multiple categories, if they believe they have strengths in multiple categories.
  • Awards in each category will be made to the centers that demonstrate exceptional achievement within the category. There will NOT be a minimum or maximum number of awards in each category. It is at the judges’ discretion.
  • Awards will be announced and presented at the annual GCEC Conference (Oct. 18-20).
  • A representative from each nominated university must be present to accept the award.
  • Any award winning school will not be eligible the following year to submit for an award in the same category. (Moreover it is unlikely that a school would ever be considered to win the same category twice unless there are extenuating circumstances). In addition, winning schools may be asked to have a representative on the Award Judging Committee to evaluate nominations the following year.

Preparing the Nomination
We want you to tell us what makes your center shine! The following guidelines are designed to facilitate a fair and simple basis for nominations, review, and award selections.

  • Identify the specific category for which the center is nominated. Identify the center and institution names and contact information for the center director and for the individual submitting on behalf of the center. Unfortunately, if the category is not clearly identified, the nomination will not be considered.
  • In all responses, please clearly indicate the center’s role in highlighted activities, and/or specific relationship to the center of individuals, programs, or activities that are highlighted.
  • Be sure to address each item in the nomination criteria, even if the answer is N/A. Once these specific items have been addressed, you may add information that you think is relevant, however it must clearly tie to the category in order to be considered. This should be done in no more than 3 pages!
  • Appendix
    • Many Award Categories have suggested or required appendix materials. The appendix is limited to 10 pages, including the suggested materials according to the Award Category.
    • The appendix should be appended to the 3-page Nomination and submitted as a single PDF document, together with the 3-page nomination. The maximum combined file size is 10MB.
    • If you choose to submit optional information in the appendix we recommend that you include examples of programs or initiatives or courses that visually capture what you have described in your 3-page nomination. You may include PDF’s of marketing materials, fact sheets, collateral, brochures, PowerPoint files, flyers, testimonials, photographs, or other information that supports your nomination. Do NOT simply use the appendix to include additional text about your program.
    • Also, when including supporting materials, please be sure to clearly indicate how the items relate specifically to the award category. In other words, please submit only those that specifically tie to the category and criteria. Ad hoc materials that do not specifically tie to criteria requests will be excluded from evaluation, and will negatively impact the evaluation.

Award 1: Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center
This award honors an entrepreneurship center that is 5 years old or less (from official Center launch date). Clearly state the purpose and goals of the center and include target audience.  Highlight what you believe differentiates you from your peers. This might include a specific challenge you overcame to launch the Center, how you created buy in with key stakeholders, ability to attract major donors, engagement with cross campus or community partners, etc. Selection criteria will include Center’s objectives, campus and community engagement, program portfolio and metrics to date. 

Application Criteria:

  1. Briefly discuss the rationale for creating this entrepreneurship center to include how stakeholder interest and support were gathered.
  2. Provide a graphical timeline depicting major milestones for the development of the center from conception to current year. Include the initial milestones you set and how you met them.
  3. Provide a list of three to five specific achievements to date with a brief explanation. Include highlights that illustrate what makes this Center unique.
  4. Appendix: 
    • Provide a center organizational chart to include faculty, staff, other personnel, and strategic partners.
    • Include up to two (2) other items of your choice that best reflect the goals of your emerging center.

Award 2: Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation
This award honors a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating university affiliated startups through 1) competitions, 2) incubators, 3) accelerators, or 4) other programs.  Selection criteria will include the strength of program content, specific outcomes of the program, growth of program over time and level of community engagement.

Application Criteria:

  1. Clearly state the purpose and goals of the program, including target audience.
  2. Describe how the venture acceleration programs work.
  3. Outline how the program engages the community (faculty, alumni, mentors, funders) with the associated ventures and entrepreneurs.
  4. Provide a list of outcomes achieved from efforts in any of the 3 types of activities (competitions, incubators, accelerators) to include: 
    • Number of participants 
    • Number and amount of awards granted to students  
    • Number of startups generated
  5.   Appendix: 
    • Include up to two (2) other items of your choice that best reflect the content and outcomes of your program.

Award 3:  Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines
This award honors a center dedicated to creating, advancing, and enabling entrepreneurship education opportunities to multiple audiences across campus. Selection criteria will include creativity of multidisciplinary approach, measured impact across campus, and diversity of partners and stakeholders.

Application Criteria:

  1. Clearly state the purpose and goals of the activities, including target audiences and disciplines.
  2. Describe the multidisciplinary program and explain why the program is unique and/or innovative.
  3. Provide a list of three to five specific achievements and/or related outcomes, with a brief explanation, that illustrate Center’s impact. 
  4. Appendix: 
    • Provide a center organizational chart to include faculty, staff, other personnel, and strategic partners from other disciplines.
    • Include up to two (2) other items of your choice that best reflect the goals of the interdisciplinary program.

Award 4:  Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education
This award honors a center dedicated to expanding access to entrepreneurship education to a specific audience or area of focus, such as technology/knowledge transfer, social entrepreneurship, women in entrepreneurship, arts & humanities, non-majority populations, etc. Selection criteria include innovation of programming, measurable outcomes, partner engagement and long term impact.

Application Criteria

  1. Clearly state the target audience for your specialty program and the genesis of the program.
  2. Outline the program including expected outcomes, participants and partners.
  3. Identify some of the unique characteristics of this program compared to your peers & discuss how other schools could replicate this program to serve specialty audiences.
  4. Provide a list of three to five specific achievements to date with a brief explanation.
  5. Appendix:
    • Provide up to two (2) items of your choice that best reflect the goals and outcomes of your specialty entrepreneurship program.

Award 5: Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation
This award honors a center that has developed a significant original innovation in entrepreneurship pedagogy. Selection criteria includes differentiation from existing programs, measurable learning outcomes, student engagement and stakeholder support. 

Application Criteria

  1. Clearly describe the pedagogical innovation your center has developed.
  2. Briefly discuss the rationale for creating this original innovation to include how stakeholder interest and support were gathered.
  3. Provide examples for how this innovation is being used at your center and how it could be replicated elsewhere.
  4. Outline how the Center is measuring the learning outcomes and impact of this approach. 
  5. Appendix:
    • Provide up to two (2) other items of your choice that demonstrate the innovativeness of your pedagogical approach and application within your Center.

Award 6:  Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership
This award honors a center that amplifies their impact by achieving high levels of student engagement and student leadership in its entrepreneurship programs. Selection criteria includes level of student engagement, impact of student leaders on Center and variety of students projects.

Application Criteria

  1. Discuss the various programs or initiatives your Center supports to engage a broad spectrum of students to achieve the Center’s goals? How do you empower students to lead or own these efforts?
  2. Highlight one to two specific efforts that demonstrate student leadership in your Center. Efforts should communicate the types of initiatives your Center executed that would not have happened without student leadership.
  3. What metrics do you use to measure success? How do you benchmark these efforts vs. other co-curricular activities on your campus?
  4. Appendix:
    • Provide up to two (2) other items of your choice that demonstrate student engagement & leadership.  This could include testimonials from engaged students. 

Award 7: NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence
The NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award represents the highest honor that a University Entrepreneurship Center can receive. This special award was created by NASDAQ in association with the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers for the purpose of recognizing the unique achievements and outstanding efforts of entrepreneurship centers across the world.

The NASDAQ award honors those centers that have made and will continue to make enormous contributions in advancing entrepreneurship as the force in economic growth throughout the world. The honor is bestowed upon entrepreneurship centers that have made remarkable advancements in the entrepreneurial field in the following areas: entrepreneurship research, outreach to emerging ventures, entrepreneurship curriculum, community collaborations, special projects, and overall prestige and recognition in the entrepreneurship field.  Selection criteria is based on the breadth and depth of programs outlined, prestige of Center, sustainability of programs, contributions to the advancement of entrepreneurship education and commitment to GCEC.

Application Criteria:

  1. National prestige of the entrepreneurship program/center (national rankings or other recognition).
  2. National/State recognition achieved (awards, achievements, recognition from other outside
    organization – e.g. U.S. Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Academy of Management, previous GCEC awards).
  3. Entrepreneurship breadth of programming,  program quality and longevity of the program (Ph.D., MBA, BS).
  4. Entrepreneurship curriculum development (courses specifically designed for major/minor programs).
  5. Contributions to entrepreneurship research (Publications/Books/Etc).
  6. Outreach activities (significance & uniqueness to the entrepreneurship center).
  7. Community collaborations (specific to the entrepreneurship center).
  8. Special projects or accomplishments (unique to the particular center).
  9. University/community commitment to the entrepreneurship center in terms of endowment, space, and presence.
  10. Commitment to the GCEC.
  11. Appendix: Optional – Up to 10 pages of collateral and/or supporting information (non-text).

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2017 GCEC Award Winners:

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation
Number of awards: 1
Winner: Oamk LABs – Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Finalists:
Keller Center – Princeton University
NC State Entrepreneurship – NC State University
Skandalaris Center – Washington University in St. Louis

Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Number of awards: 2
Winners:
Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute – Villanova University
UC Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (UC CEC) – University of Cincinnati

Finalists:
The Garage at Northwestern – Northwestern University
Center of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development – DifferenceMaker Program – University of Massachusetts Lowell
Office of Zone Learning – Ryerson University

NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Number of awards: 1
Winner: John P Lowth Entrepreneurship Center – The University of Tampa

Finalist:
Office of Zone Learning – Ryerson University
University of Florida Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center

Outstanding Contribution to Venture Creation

Number of awards: 1
Winners: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – The University of Chicago

Finalists:
ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute – ESADE Business School
Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship – Texas A&M University
Center for Entrepreneurship Education – Northeastern University
Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center

Number of awards: 2
Winner:
Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center – University of New Hampshire
Center for Entrepreneurship – Hofstra University

Finalists:
Montclair State University Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
Center for Entrepreneurship – California Lutheran University
the Wond’ry – Vanderbilt University
Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center – Smith College

Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education

Number of awards: 1
Winners:
Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism – CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Finalists:
Institute for Veterans and Military Families – Syracuse University
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) – Rutgers University
Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship – Ivey Business School
Gellert Family Business Resource Center – University of San Francisco

Outstanding Student Engagement and Leadership

Number of awards: 1
Winner: Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship – Texas A&M University

Finalists:
ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute – ESADE Business School
UNCW Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship – University of North Carolina Wilmington

2016 GCEC Award Winners:

Exceptional Contributions to Entrepreneurship Research (1 award)

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Indiana University – Bloomington

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching & Pedagogical Innovation (1 award)

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines (2 awards)

Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Cornell University

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center
San Diego State

NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (1 award)

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
Syracuse University

Outstanding Contribution to Venture Creation (2 awards)

Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Arizona State University

Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice
Northwestern University

Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center (2 awards)

Clarence Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
London South Bank

Mike Loya Center for Innovation & Commerce
University of Texas at El Paso

Outstanding Specialty Program (2 awards)

Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA
University of Vermont

Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
Duke University 

Outstanding Student Engagement and Leadership (1 award)

Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy
Abilene Christian 

Center of Entrepreneurship Leadership Award (2 awards)

University of Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology

One award for (plaque, like one last year)

2016 GCEC Legacy Award

Dr. Donald F. Kuratko
Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Indiana University – Bloomington

2015 GCEC Award Winners:

GCEC Award For Emerging Entrepreneurship Center
University of Mississippi and University of Calgary
GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Venture Acceleration
University of Maryland
GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines
Northern Kentucky University
GCEC Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching And Pedagogical Innovation
University of Tampa
GCEC Award for Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
University of Florida

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2014 Award Winners

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2014 Winner: University of Texas – Dallas

GCEC Award for EMERGING ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER

2014 Winner: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

2014 Winner: Babson College

GCEC Center of ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2014 Winner: University College London

NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

2014 Winner: University of Maryland

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2013 Award Winners

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2013 Winner: Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship – Rice University

GCEC Center for ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2013 Winner: University of Missouri-Kansas City

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2013 Winner: Center for Entrepreneurship – University of Rochester & Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2013 Winner: The Entrepreneurship Center – Ball State University

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2012 Award Winners

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2012 Winner: Baruch College (Submission) &
University of Arizona (Submission)

GCEC Award for EMERGING CENTER

2012 Winner: Kansas State University (Submission)

GCEC Center for ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2012 Winner: Georgetown University

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2012 Winner: Millikin University (Submission)

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2012 Winner: Belmont University (Submission)

GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH

2012 Winner: Indiana University-Bloomington

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2012 Winner: University of Florida (Submission)

NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

2012 Winner: Oklahoma State University

Inaugural Legacy Award
“For pioneering and directing a university entrepreneurship center that created a legacy impact on the field of entrepreneurship”

2012 Winner: Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) P. Lamone – University of Maryland &
Dr. Gary D. Libecap – University of Arizona & University of
California-Santa Barbara

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2011 Award Winners

GCEC Center for ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2011 Winner: Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies – University of Southern California

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ENTERPRISE CREATION

2011 Winner: Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship – Carnegie Mellon University & Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership – University of Virginia

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2011 Winner: Center for Entrepreneurship – Wichita State University

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2011 Winner: Insper Institute of Education and Research & ICE Center – Villanova University

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2011 Winner: Institute for Entrepreneurship – Miami University & Center for Entrepreneurship – University of Rochester

NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence

2011 Winner: Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship – Rice University

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2010 Award Winners

GCEC Center for ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2010 Winner: Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Pennsylvania State University & Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – WU Vienna

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ENTERPRISE CREATION

2010 Winner: University of Missouri-Kansas City

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2010 Winner: University of North Carolina-Greensboro & University of Missouri-Kansas City

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2010 Winner: University of Maryland-College Park

NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence

2010 Winner: Baylor University

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2009 Award Winners

GCEC Center for ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2009 Winner: Rice Alliance & Rice University

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2009 Winner: University of California Berkeley, Temple University, & University of Texas at Dallas

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2009 Winner: Georgia Tech University & University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in
ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH

2009 Winner: Indiana University-Bloomington

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2009 Winner: Rice Alliance, Rice University & MIT Entrepreneurship Center

NASDAQ Award Winner

2009 Winner: University of Southern California

Entrepreneurial Support Award

2009 Winners: Maggie Ailes-Ball State University & Travis J. Brown-Indiana University-Bloomington

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2008 Award Winners

GCEC Center of ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2008 Winner: University of Arizona

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2008 Winner: Boston University and Wichita State University

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ENTERPRISE CREATION

2008 Winner: None Selected

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activities in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2008 Winner: Wake Forest University

GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH

2008 Winner: Baruch College

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2008 Winner: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2008 Winners: Wake Forest University

NASDAQ Award Winner

2008 Winner: University of Arizona

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2007 Award Winners

GCEC Center of ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

2007 Winners: Syracuse University

 

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2007 Winners: None Selected

 

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contribution to ENTERPRISE CREATION

2007 Winners: Rice University

 

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activites in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2007 Winners: University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH

2007 Winner: None Selected

 

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2007 Winner: University of Illinois-Chicago

 

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2007 Winner: Ball State University and Northern Kentucky University

 

NASDAQ Award Winner

2007 Winner: MIT Entrepreneurship Center

 

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2006 Award Winners

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contributions to ADVANCE THE DISCIPLINE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2006 Winners: St. Louis University and Syracuse University

GCEC Award for Outstanding Contribution to ENTERPRISE CREATION

2006 Winners: Univ. of Maryland and Univ. of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

 

GCEC Award for Exceptional Activites in ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS DISCIPLINES

2006 Winners: Pennsylvania State University and Temple University

GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH

2006 Winner: Indiana University

 

GCEC Award for Excellence in SPECIALTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION

2006 Winner: University of Colorado – Boulder

 

GCEC Award for Excellence in ENTREPRENEURSHIP TEACHING AND PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

2006 Winner: Boston University

 

NASDAQ Award Winner

2006 Winner: University of California – Berkeley

 

Complete List of 2006 GCEC Award Winners