10th Annual Symposium
June 9-11, 2020 | Cleveland, OH

Awards

Deshpande Symposium Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this award is to recognize an institution that demonstrates exemplary commitment to, and success in, developing and offering innovative educational courses and / or programs that foster entrepreneurship education across the institution.

Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this award is to recognize an institution that encourages student leadership and engagement in developing innovative extra and co-curricular activities that support the development of entrepreneurial awareness, skills and practice.

Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization

The purpose of this award is to recognize an institution that has developed and delivered a comprehensive program that helps accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization.

Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary achievements to entrepreneurship in higher education. The recipient of this award should be known for leadership activities, service, and/or contributions to advancing the field of entrepreneurship in higher education.

The Entrepreneurial University

The purpose of this award is to recognize an institution that demonstrates excellence in both the Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship categories. This institution must provide evidence that support for entrepreneurial programs and initiatives are integrated across the institution's strategic plan.


Winners receive Excellence Award badges for their institution's brochures and website.

Nominate Your Institution
Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awards Selection Committee

  • Phil Weilerstein, President and CEO, VentureWell
  • Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chancellor Renu Khator, University of Houston
  • Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Desh Deshpande, Deshpande Foundation
  • Raj Melville, Deshpande Foundation

Previous Winners

The 2019 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

The 2018 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award Outstanding Contributions to Advancing I&E in Higher Ed Award Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Award Entrepreneurial University Award Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization Award
  • The 2017 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship The Entrepreneurial University Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization
  • The 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization The Entrepreneurial University Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (#1) Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (#2)