About Us

Celebrating the growing diversity of our board | #NACCE2021 in Minneapolis

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges. The association represents 300+ community and technical colleges and more than 2,500 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve over four million students.

Our Mission

NACCE provides leadership and sustainable, scalable resources to foster entrepreneurial thinking and action in one of the largest entrepreneurial ecosystems in North America.

Our Philosophy

Entrepreneurial leadership and teaching across disciplines is essential for colleges, students and communities to thrive.

Our Vision

To make community colleges North America’s pre-eminent source for entrepreneurship education, support and inspiration.

President & CEO MOnthly Message

NACCE Adds Value to its Members by:

  • Maintaining the largest network of entrepreneurial leaders and educators in North America.
  • Focusing on advancing diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging as an accelerator of entrepreneurship.
  • Co-creating new entrepreneurial resources for classrooms and communities with members and partners.
  • Working with policy makers to advocate for entrepreneurship education at all levels of government.
  • Offering thought leadership through books, a quarterly magazine, articles, a podcast, and conferences.
  • Providing professional development to faculty, administrators and center leaders on an ongoing basis. 
  • Leading change through our Entrepreneurial College of the Future intitative launched in 2022. 

NACCE Supports Member Colleges Financially by:

Providing funding awards to NACCE member colleges to deliver programming and to co-create new programs with corporate and foundation partners. From 2016 to 2021, NACCE has awarded over $11 million to member colleges. More funding opportunities are on the way in 2022!

Examples of NACCE funding awards made to nearly 100 member colleges:

  • Partnering with the STEM Achievers program since 2017 program serving over 5,000 students annually.
  • Providing funding and project management for several initatives focused on creating makerspaces.
  • Developing new entrepreneurship education programs for K-14 in the Appalachian region of the U.S.
  • Seeding the launch of Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) programs in eleven states, and counting!
  • Offering pitch prize awards of $300,000 in 2022 for college innovations in the skilled trades and foundations. 
  • Working with leading corporations like Verizon, IBM, Intuit, HP and Amazon to connect corporate social responsibility to community colleges.
  • Pioneering the delivery of intellectual property curriculum to community colleges across the nation.
  • Incubating aligned emerging organizations like the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) and MakerUSA.

The Birth and Evolution of NACCE

In 1995, Andy Scibelli, president of Springfield Technical and Community College (STCC), in Springfield, MA, commissioned a feasibility study to determine if a small business incubator aligned with the expertise of the college could foster business growth in the region. In 2002, planning began for NACCE's first conference that was attended by 149 college faculty and educators across the nation.

In 2022, NACCE will host its annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts on October 2 - 5 to celebrate twenty years of leading entrepreneurial initiatives across the nation.