11th Annual Symposium
June 15-17, 2022 | 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.

Please note: The nomination period is now over. Thank you to those who submitted nominations!

Awards Selection Committee

  • Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow, University of Akron Research Foundation
  • Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab, Babson College
  • Jack Wilson, President Emeritus, Univ. Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, & Innovation, University of Massachusetts
  • Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor, Founding Director Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Desh Deshpande, Deshpande Foundation
  • Raj Melville, Deshpande Foundation

Previous Winners

The 2021 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

Entrepreneurial University

Queens University

Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

Dianne Welsh, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Excellence in Curriculum Innovation

University of Connecticut, Werth Institute

Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation

InnovationX, the Oregon State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Student Engagement

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Georgia State University

Rising Star Award for Excellence in Student Engagement

EDGE Entrepreneurship Incubator, Sheridan College

Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization

University of Akron I -Corps Sites program

Founders Award

Ed Roberts, MIT, For his outstanding contributions to the field of Entrepreneurship and Innovation


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)