Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers 2019 Award Winners – Press Release

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers 2019 Award Winners – Press Release

Eleven universities recognized for outstanding entrepreneurship programs at 2019 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference

HOUSTON – (November 20, 2019) – Eleven universities with leading edge entrepreneurship programs, along with 19 finalists, were recognized for their outstanding programs at the 2019 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship (GCEC) conference in Stockholm at the end of September. Now in its twenty-third year, the GCEC Conference was attended by more than 400 individuals from 240 top universities from 29 countries and six continents.

Universities specializing in venture creation and specialty programs, such as women entrepreneurship, were among the acknowledged. The award winners were selected through a rigorous nomination and evaluation process undergoing review by a panel of 95 academic peers. More than 100 university programs were nominated this year from the 240 GCEC member schools. Awards were presented in eight categories including the top award, the Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award. Since 2000, Nasdaq has honored university centers that have made and will continue to make enormous contributions in advancing entrepreneurship as the force in economic growth throughout the world.

In additional, two individuals were honored for their lifetime contribution to university entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship has become a central and vibrant educational component at most top universities around the world. Universities play a critical role in global innovation and economic development,” said Brad Burke, executive director of the GCEC and managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University. “The GCEC has been a driver of vigorous and innovative academic and experiential entrepreneurial programs. More and more institutes of higher education are recognizing that teaching entrepreneurial skills are key to the success of our students and the world’s future economy.”

Complete list of award winners and finalists are below:

Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation

Illinois Entrepreneurship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rady School of Management/UC San Diego: California Institute for Innovation & Development
Clarkson University – Shipley Center for Innovation
Grand Valley State University – Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
University College Cork – IGNITE

Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education

Rutgers University – Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED)

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University – Arsenal
University of Delaware – Horn Entrepreneurship
Utah State University – Center for Entrepreneurship
The University of Texas at Dallas – Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation

University of California, Berkeley – Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Teaching
CU Boulder – Deming Center for Entrepreneurship
Texas Christian University – Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Munich University of Applied Sciences – Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship
Wisconsin School of Business – Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship

Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership

Michigan State University – MSU Entrepreneurship

West Virginia University – IDEA Hub Ecosystem and LaunchLab Network
University of Houston – Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center

Dartmouth College – Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship
Brown University – Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

Rice University – Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Hebrew University Jerusalem – HUJI Innovate
Memorial University – Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship

Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Florida State University – Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Texas A&M University – McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
The Pennsylvania State University – The Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship
Florida Polytechnic University – Florida Polytechnic University’s Entrepreneurship Center
Harvard University – Harvard Innovation Labs

GCEC Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Winner: Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship

GCEC Legacy Award

Sara Sarasvathy, Paul M. Hammaker Professor in Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Ted Zoller, T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence

Winner: University of Chicago: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The GCEC is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

This year’s GCEC Conference was hosted by the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, who is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of their founding.

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University serve as the central office for the GCEC organization.




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