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The NACCE 2022 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.

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The categories this year include:

Entrepreneurial President of the Year Award 

This award recognizes presidents who have signed onto the NACCE Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP) and have demonstrated distinguishable and replicable traits of an entrepreneurial mindset in building an entrepreneurial spirit throughout their internal and external campus communities.

Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College of the Year Award

This award recognizes schools that have demonstrated a strong commitment to entrepreneurship both inside and outside the classroom

Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge College of Excellence Award

This award recognizes schools who have signed and demonstrated the 5 action steps outlined in PFEP

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Key Dates:
  • Award nominations will open on June 13, 2022.
  • Applications will close August 15, 2022
  • Finalists will be notified in late August.
  • Winners will be announced and honored at our 2022 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 2021 Annual Conference, as well as in the conference program guide, website, press release and quarterly journal.