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Presentations Underway for NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action Grants powered by the Coleman Foundation

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just sat in on some of the preliminary live presentations for the NACCE Entrepreneurial College in Action Grants, powered by the Coleman Foundation. The focus this year is on programs that promote the first two steps of the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge. Grants of up to $15,000 will go to colleges that create and expand internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship or increase entrepreneurs’ engagement on campus.


From the three presentations I watched, the judges have their work cut out for them. South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ; Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, IN, and Houston Community College – Northwest, in Houston, TX, all made compelling presentations while I sat in. I’m sure the other finalists are going a similar good job this afternoon. Winners will be announced at breakfast on Wednesday. Good luck to all!

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Don’t Miss the NACCE Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Tomorrow at Lunch

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tomorrow at lunch, we’ll hear from Desh Despande, this year’s winner of NACCE’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Don’t miss his remarks; I know they’ll be both enlightening and energizing; I can say that with confidence because I had the honor of interviewing Desh last June for the cover article of the Summer/Fall issue of Community College Entrepreneurship, and I very much enjoyed his thoughts on how to the importance of entrepreneurship.


Desh Deshpande is a serial entrepreneur, having founded numerous companies, including Sycamore Networks. He’s also well known for his philanthropic work, which includes starting the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT. Through the Deshpande Foundation, he provided seed money to start the Center, which empowers researchers to bring innovative technologies from the lab to the marketplace in terms of breakthrough products and new companies. Since 2002, DCTI has reviewed 500 proposals and funded more than 90 projects with over $11 million in grants.


 Desk has also been a major contributor to many entrepreneurial philanthropic causes throughout the world, including the Merrimack Valley Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in Lawrence/Lowell, Massachusetts, in which two NACCE member colleges, Middlesex Community College and Northern Essex Community College, participate. And as if he weren’t already busy enough, in 2010, Desh was appointed to co-chair a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.


For the Merrimack Valley Sandbox (MV Sandbox), Desh committed $1 million annually over five years, works to strengthen an ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship and leadership in Lowell and Lawrence, MA. The MV Sandbox coordinates activities between Middlesex Community College, Northern Essex Community College, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack College, community non-profits, and the Merrimack Valley business community. The "Campus Catalyst” program within the MV Sandbox provides entrepreneurial support to students at both community colleges. (For more info on this program, read the article on page 26 of the Spring/Summer 2013 NACCE journal.)

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The NACCE2013 Registration Desk Is Jumping!

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Sunday, October 13, 2013

Just went to the conference registration desk to sign in and saw that the place was alive with activity. The staff told me it’s been non-stop action since they opened at 8:30 this morning. And everywhere I’ve gone in the hotel (which is quite nice, by the way) I’ve bumped into NACCE folks.


Had breakfast beside folks from Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College, in Moorefield, WV. They’re a finalist  in the NACCE  Entrepreneurial College in Action Grant competition, funded by the Coleman Foundation. They apparently are first up among the presenters this afternoon and were doing some fine-tuning of their presentation. They seemed pretty cool about it, but the opportunity to win up to $15,000 for your entrepreneurial program would give anyone sweaty palms, I’d think.


It’s great to start running into people I’ve met at past NACCE Conferences, like Jackie Peterson from Portland Community College in Portland, OR, and Ed Massey from Indian River State College in FL. Makes the place feel like home!

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Welcome to the NACCE2013 Live Blog!

Posted By Jeanne Yocum, Friday, October 11, 2013

It’s almost here! In just two days, NACCE members from across the country will begin gathering in Charlotte, NC, for NACCE’s 11th Annual Conference. This live blog will be your source for conference news throughout the event.

I will be live blogging many of the sessions, as will Karen-Michelle Mirko, NACCE’s VP of Marketing, Sales and Meaningful Collisions. (For those of you who don’t know me, I edit Community College Entrepreneurship, NACCE’s quarterly journal.)

This year’s conference is bigger than ever, as registrations are approaching the 500 mark. This will be my third conference, and I always come away so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees. I can’t wait to sit in on breakout sessions and hear about the innovative things NACCE members are doing on their campuses to promote entrepreneurship and build strong local economies.

I know many of you can’t be at the conference, so our aim with this blog is to help you feel like you are there. And for those of you who are at the conference, we will be your eyes and ears in sessions you just can’t get to because you can’t be everywhere at once!

Join us as we celebrate the role of community colleges in helping people achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. Stay tuned!

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Ladies and Gentlemen - Start Your Engines!

Posted By Karen-Michelle Mirko, Friday, October 11, 2013

Excited to be on the ground at the conference site. Don't forget to tweet using @NACCE and #NACCE2013 and to post your thoughts on the NACCE LinkedIn group. Crowdsource in person AND online.


See you soon!

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