Accelper Consulting and NACCE Introduce NACCE Innovation Award
Springfield, MA – June 23, 2009 – Accelper Consulting, a management consulting firm headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, that helps organizations improve business performance, has become a Platinum sponsor of the 7th Annual National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Conference.
Together, NACCE and Accelper Consulting have launched the NACCE Innovation Award to recognize entrepreneurship centers and their positive impact on the communities they serve. The award will be presented at NACCE’s Seventh Annual Conference, to be held in Chicago, IL, October 11-14, 2009. Each center will receive a plaque recognizing successful deployment of innovation and entrepreneurship practices, and creation of new jobs. All participating colleges will be recognized for their commitment to creating jobs in their communities.
In addition, through a new curriculum that Accelper Consulting has developed in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive complimentary Master Business Innovator Certification Train-the-trainer sessions to teach Business Innovation to their students and accelerate innovation in their communities. This program is valued at $4,000. For more information on the award, visit http://www.nacce.com.
“Our new relationship with Accelper Consulting and the NACCE Innovation Award are very exciting developments for NACCE,” says NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle. “Praveen Gupta, who heads Accelper Consulting, is an internationally recognized innovation thought leader. Giving our members a chance to vie for an award that comes with the opportunity to participate in the rigorous innovation training curriculum he has developed is very exciting.”
“We cannot depend on large corporations to create jobs in large numbers; instead empowering people at all levels improves the odds of accelerating job creation,” says Gupta, who formerly worked at Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories, and has consulted to many other companies around the world on their innovation and performance excellence issues. “NACCE is connected to people through Community College Entrepreneurship Centers. Partnering with NACCE is the best way to empower people through education in innovation throughout America.”
About Accelper Consulting Accelper is a management consulting company helping organizations improve business performance for over 20 years. Accelper Consulting has developed a teachable framework for innovation for helping individuals and organizations in innovating new solutions, and for creating personal and business growth opportunities. Accelper and Illinois Institute of Technology are offering Business Innovation training and certification programs for executives, managers, and employees through Community College Entrepreneurship centers. The objective is to enable each entrepreneurship center with a resident Master Business Innovator certified through the Train-the-Trainer program. For more information about Accelper Consulting, visit http://www.accelper.com. For more information on the program offered with the Illinois Institute of Technology, visit http://www.iit.edu/cpd/news/BusinessInnovationCertification.shtml.
About NACCE NACCE connects community college administrators and faculty with knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurial thinking, entrepreneurship education, and student business incubation. NACCE holds an annual conference, hosts a dynamic list-serv, develops Web resources such as shared entrepreneurship curricula and syllabi for faculty, creates guides for beginning and sustaining entrepreneurship and student business incubation programs, as well as tips for grant proposals specific to entrepreneurial endeavors at community colleges. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com.