NACCE 2023 Awards

About NACCE Awards

NACCE Awards honor and celebrate the entrepreneurial thinkers and doers by providing a platform to be recognized nationally for their importance and achievements to their college and local economy. The awards also shine a spotlight on the role of the community and technical colleges in fostering economic vitality through entrepreneurship in their communities.

Award Nominations

Do you know a president who has successfully championed entrepreneurship education, inspired students and faculty, and fueled the entrepreneurial spirit within their college or university? If so, we encourage you to submit a nomination for the NACCE Entrepreneurial President of the Year Award. This is your chance to shine a light on an exceptional leader and celebrate their exceptional contributions to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To submit a nomination, please CLICK HERE:   The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2023, so don't miss out on this opportunity to honor a deserving president.

Nominations have now closed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing entrepreneurship education.
  • Innovative approaches to fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Leadership in creating partnerships and collaborations that support entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • Successful implementation of entrepreneurial programs and initiatives that have yielded measurable outcomes.
  • Contributions to the broader entrepreneurial community and ecosystem.

Additional Awards Presented 

This award is presented to a college from the Entrepreneurial College of the Future (ECOF) cohort that achieved an exceptional impact through entrepreneurial mindset and innovative action in the classroom, on campus, or in the community.  This award is chosen by the ECOF Steering Committee.

This Award is presented to an individual or group that has achieved entrepreneurial success and played a pivotal role in the community through involvement and support of civic activities.  This award is chosen by our annual conference host college. 


  • Award nominations for Entrepreneurial President of the Year will open on June 26, 2023 and will close September 15, 2023.  Finalists will be notified in late September 2023.

  • Winners of all three awards will be announced and honored at our 2023 Annual Conference

Why should I nominate someone? NACCE Awards are recognized standards of excellence. You’ll gain positive exposure for your college and your commitment to entrepreneurship on campus and in your community. Submitting nominations shows you’re dedicated to entrepreneurship and that you believe in the college. Also, the application process often proves useful in identifying and articulating program strengths and challenges.

Who is eligible to nominate? The awards are for NACCE members only. The nomination criteria ensures that all colleges can be recognized for their work whether they are large or small, urban or rural, so all NACCE members are encouraged to submit nominations. You may nominate more than one applicant in any of the categories. 

What are the benefits of winning an award? Winners will be recognized and honored publicly at our 2023 Annual Conference, as well as in the conference program guide, website, press release and quarterly journal

2022 Winners

Ent President of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Entrprenurial College of the Year