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Deshpande Symposium Extends Awards Submissions to April 15

Posted April 3, 2019 by Andy Peterson

The Awards Committee of the 2019 Deshpande Symposium has announced that it is extending its nomination submission deadline to Monday, April 15. All individuals and institutions wishing to recognize leaders in the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in colleges and universities are encouraged to submit nominations online by the deadline date.

2019 Deshpande Symposium Award nominations are due April 15, 2019

“The Deshpande Symposium Awards recognize the leaders and institutions everywhere that champion and support innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Deshpande Foundation Executive Director Raj Melville. “Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly seen as ‘must have’ abilities for success in life, and we want to be sure recognition goes to individuals, colleges, and universities that have done so much to advance and strengthen them among students.”

Nominations are open in five award categories through April 15.

The Deshpande Symposium Awards recognize the leaders and institutions championing and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Awards are given in five categories:

Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship

Nominees should demonstrate exemplary commitment to and success in developing and offering innovative educational courses and/or programs that foster entrepreneurship education across the institution. Learn more and submit a nomination.

Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship

Nominees should demonstrate encouragement of student leadership and engagement in developing innovative extracurricular and co-curricular activites that support the development of entrepreneurial awareness, skills, and practice. Learn more and submit a nomination.

The Entrepreneurial University Nominated institutions should demonstrate excellence in both the Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship award categories. Nominated institutions must provide evidence that support for entrepreneurial programs and initiative are integrated across the institution’s strategic plan. Learn more and submit a nomination.

Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization

Nominees must have developed and delivered a comprehensive program that helped accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization. Learn more and submit a nomination.

Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

Nominees should demonstrate extraordinary achievements to entrepreneurship in higher education. This award’s recipient should be known for leadership activities, service, and/or contributions to advancing the field of entrepreneurship in higher education. Learn more and submit a nomination.

Now is the time to nominate.

Awardees will be notified between May 6 and 10 — so it’s urgent to submit your nominations before the April 15 final deadline.

Submit Deshpande Award nominations.

See previous Deshpande Award winners.

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The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others’ experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.

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