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Deshpande Symposium Awards 2019

Key Dates

Nominations Open: January 18

Nominations Close: April 22, 2019

Nominations Review:
April 23 – April 30, 2019

Ratification Call:
April 30 - May 3, 2019

Notifications: May 6 – 10, 2019

Award Process

Nominations are to be made via the online form.

Each nomination will be accompanied by three references.

Nominations will be shortlisted and the top 3-4 candidates will be presented to the Award review committee for selection 7-10 days prior to the ratification call.

Each committee member reviews no more than 2 award categories

Award committee scores on assessment criteria and rubrics

Ratification call to be scheduled April 20 - May 3rd to confirm final award selections.

Awardees announced May 6 to10th. 


Nominations: The Deshpande Symposium Awards 2019

The Deshpande Symposium Awards recognize outstanding accomplishment in areas that promote innovation and entrepreneurship on college and university campuses. The awards also celebrate individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field; those who, with their home institutions, demonstrate excellence and serve as role models for others. 

The Deshpande Symposium Awards shine a spotlight of recognition on the leaders and institutions championing and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. We encourage you to use the links below to submit your nominations. Please help us shine the spotlight on the stars and exemplars of innovation in higher education and entrepreneurship.


Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship

Demonstrated exemplary commitment to, and success in, developing and offering innovative educational courses and/or programs that foster entrepreneurship education across the institution. 

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Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship 

Encouraged student leadership and engagement in developing innovative extra and co-curricular activities that support the development of entrepreneurial awareness, skills, and practice.  

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The Entrepreneurial University

Demonstrated 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.

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Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization

Developed and delivered a comprehensive program that helped accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization.

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Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education 

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.

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