About Us

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 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve more than three 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’s Message

NACCE Adds Value to its Members by:

  • Maintaining the largest ecosystem of entrepreneurial educators and leaders in North America and keeping them connected through conferences, publications, and communities of practice.
  • Identifying partnerships and collaborations that create opportunities to further entrepreneurship on campuses and in local communities with online tools and resources.
  • Proactively working with policy makers to advocate for entrepreneurship on the local, state and national levels, including the executive branch.
  • Recognizing and celebrating entrepreneurial colleges, their students, and communities through awards, publicity, and articles highlighting college best practices and accomplishments.
  • Sharing and promoting the importance of entrepreneurship education through articles, books, videos, podcasts and storytelling at regional and national conferences.
  • Offering professional development to faculty, administrators and center leaders on an ongoing basis. 
  • Hiring our members as adjuncts to teach online NACCE courses and to serve as consultants on projects. 

NACCE Adds Financial Value to Members by:

Providing funding awards that enable a large number of NACCE colleges and their communities to work together and create new resources and initiatives to stimulate entrepreneurship. We do this through our growing array of partnerships with foundations, corporations, and social enterprise organizations that wish to support entrepreneurship education.

Examples of how this funding supports NACCE members include:

  • We forged a corporate-sponsored STEM education pilot program for middle school girls in 2017 that provided over $500,000 to five NACCE community colleges. This network expanded to 15 colleges in 2018, and an additional $2-3 million in funding is earmarked for other colleges through 2020.
  • We provided technical assistance support that helped foster the creation of 24 revenue-generating makerspaces at California community colleges.
  • We formed ecosystem partnerships between K-12 and community college partners in 11 communities in poverty-distressed areas in Appalachia.
  • We organized strategic goals and objectives for 54 counties in Eastern Kentucky, using a blueprint to coordinate a strategic approach across federal, state and local and non-profit agencies to achieve an economic turnaround in the region.
  • With our foundation partner, we pioneered a grant-funded pilot program to bring intellectual property (IP) training to seven NACCE member colleges in year one, expanding to even more community colleges in year two.

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.

The results prompted STCC to move forward with an entrepreneurship program called the Entrepreneurial Institute. Supported in part by a $990,000 Economic Development Association grant, the institute opened in 1999. It included a student incubator, a college, a high school, and K-8 entrepreneurship educational programs.