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.

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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
  • Mary Lynn Fernau
    Marketing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
    Email: or 713-348-5374.

You must download the 2018 GCEC Award Nominations – Instructions and Criteria in order to submit your nomination properly. Click on the document name in order to download. This document provides a description of each award, along with nomination instructions and criteria.