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Nominations Accepted April 19 – May 31

Nominations are now closed

The 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.

There are three categories this year.  Click the links to learn more and submit your nominations:


Key Dates

Nominations Open April 19, 2017
Nominations Close May 31, 2017
Finalists Notified June 30, 2017
Awards Presented at NACCE2017 October 8-11, 2017


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 member colleges 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 publicly in front of 400+ people at NACCE2017, as well as in the conference program guide, website and press release. NACCE will also highlight winners in our quarterly journal, Community College Entrepreneurship. Both the Entrepreneurial President and the Heather Van Sickle Entrepreneurial College award winners will be highlighted on the cover of and with an article in NACCE’s quarterly journal as well.

How do I submit nominations?
The process is straightforward: Select the Award Category above, review the nomination criteria and submit your nomination online when ready. You will need name, email and phone number for the individual being nominated. All information will be collected in the online form and text from Word Docs can be cut and pasted into text boxes. There is a 2000 character/500 word limit for each text box requiring details. Submit a separate nomination for each award candidate. If you need help with this process, contact the NACCE office at 413.306.3131.

Selection Criteria.
NACCE will appoint a panel of judges for each award category. These judges will evaluate nominations according to the guidelines provided for their categories.


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