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Award Nomination



Nominations for this award should answer the following questions regarding the prospective award nominee:

Question 1: Provide a detailed description of the innovative courses and/or programs at the institution that foster entrepreneurship education with examples of the diversity and breadth of engagement with faculty, students and staff.  [Maximum 1000 words]

Question 2: Provide evidence of the impact of the entrepreneurship educational courses and/or program through examples of successful outcomes, student leadership opportunities and overall student achievement. [Maximum 500 words]

Question 3:  Provide a detailed description of the level of student body participation in and demonstrated achievement from curricular, extra-curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship programs and activities.  Includes awards, credits and recognitions.  [Maximum 1000 words]

Question 4:  Provide evidence of the impact of entrepreneurial collaborations between student teams and faculty, staff, industry, startups and community partners. [Maximum 500 words]


In addition, nominations should include the following letters of support:

* From President, Chancellor or Provost supporting the application (required)

* From a participant in the program (required)

* Additional reference from a third party supporting the program (optional)

Please upload your documents via the form below.


The Deshpande Symposium Awards

The Deshpande Award for 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.

How to Nominate

Specific areas that will be evaluated for this award will include:

  • Evidence of excellence in each of the first two award categories including Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship.

  • Evidence of integration of entrepreneurship across the institution’s planning, administration and operations.

  • Evidence that the institution’s commitment to entrepreneurship is recognized and acknowledged by peer organizations and institutions

Please submit your nomination and supporting letters via the submission forms to the left.  If you prefer, please attach your nomination and supporting letters to an email to Tom O'Donnell.


Nomination Form

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