Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award


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:

  • outreach to emerging ventures
  • entrepreneurship curriculum
  • community collaborations
  • special projects
  • overall prestige
  • recognition in the entrepreneurship field
  • entrepreneurship research


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.


Information on applying for the Nasdaq Award is available on the GCEC Awards page.


 Year Awarded University Recipient
2022 (5,000 plus students) Iowa State University (the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship)
2022 (Less than 5,000 students) Babson College (The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship)
2021 (5,000 plus students) Texas A&M University (McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship)
2021 (Less than 5,000 students) Trinity University ( Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship )
2020 Miami University (John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship)
2019 University of Chicago (Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
2018 San Diego State University (Lavin Entrepreneurship Center)
2017 University of Tampa (John P Lowth Entrepreneurship Center)
2016 Syracuse University (Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship)
2014 University of Maryland
2012 Oklahoma State University
2011 Rice University (Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship)
2010 Baylor University
2009 University of Southern California
2008 University of Arizona
2007 MIT Entrepreneurship Center
2006 University of California – Berkeley
2005 Pennsylvania State University (Farrell Center for Corporate Entrepreneurship)University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Center for Entrepreneurial Studies)
2004 Stanford University (Stanford Technology Ventures Program)Syracuse University (Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship)University of Portland (Center for Entrepreneurship)
2003 Texas Christian University (Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies)University of Notre Dame (Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies)University of Colorado-Boulder (Deming Center for Entrepreneurship)
2002 Babson College (Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship)Indiana University – Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship)St. Louis University (Smurfit Center for Entrepreneurial Studies)
2001 Columbia University (Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship)Cornell University (Entrepreneurship & Personal Enterprise Program)University of Arizona (Karl Eller Center for Entrepreneurship)

University of Illinois – Chicago (Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies)

Wake Forest University (Angell Center for Entrepreneurship)

2000 Kauffman Foundation (Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership)University of Southern California (Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies)University of Maryland (Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Ball State University (Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Center)

Carnegie-Mellon University (Jones Center for Entrepreneurship)

Brigham Young University (Center for Entrepreneurship)

San Diego State University (Center for Entrepreneurship)

University of Virginia (Batten Center for Entrepreneurship)



Note:  Prior to 2006, the NASDAQ award was the only award presented at the GCEC Conference, and multiple schools were eligible to receive the award.