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Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards are presented each year by USASBE to colleges or universities in recognition of bold and innovative programs that make an impact in the field of entrepreneurship education. USASBE is an inclusive community and is proud to elevate entrepreneurship education through forward-thinking teaching, scholarship, and practice. We seek award nominations for four awards.

USASBE Model Program Award

The USASBE Model Program Awards recognize colleges and universities that provide comprehensive, bold, high quality educational programs that train future generations of entrepreneurs. The program must have an established record of accomplishment for a minimum of three years. This award category recognizes the comprehensiveness of a curricular program.

USASBE Model Emerging Program Award

The USASBE Model Emerging Program Awards recognizes the development efforts of nascent entrepreneurship programs that show early signs of innovation, boldness, and student impact. Programs nominated for this award are young (in existence for three years or less as measured from January 1), OR have gone through a major revision during the same time period. This award category recognizes the start (or restart) of an curricular program.


USASBE Excellence in Pedagogical Innovation Award

The USASBE Excellence in Pedagogical Innovation Awards recognize innovation in entrepreneurial education at the course level. These innovations are assessed in terms of creativity, quality, sustainability, and impact. This award category celebrates innovation in entrepreneurial education at the course level. 


USASBEExcellence in Co-Curricular Innovation Award

The USASBE Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation Awards celebrates the critical role of co-curricular programming in the overall entrepreneurship education ecosystem. This award category encourages and recognizes innovative, co-curricular programs that feature creativity, quality, sustainability, and impact. Nominees should illustrate best practice and be a model for others.


Note: Any organization or individual may submit nominations in more than one category. However, no organization or individual may be a finalist in more than one category in any particular year. Should an organization or individual submit more than one nomination and be selected as a finalist in more than one category, they must choose, from among the categories in which they were selected as a finalist, the category in which they will compete, and withdraw all their other nominations for that year.

Award criteria for all awards include: innovation, quality, comprehensiveness, sustainability and impact. Self-nominations for awards are not only acceptable, but also encouraged. All nominations are evaluated by a committee typically comprised of past award winners.The committee will identity finalists in this category and those finalists are required to make a presentation at the Annual Conference.





Submit Nominations Here


Content of Initial Nomination Materials (Due October 4, 2020)


Each nomination requires the submission of an executive summary that should contain the information described below. The deadline for submission of all initial nomination materials is October 4, 2020.


The submission must include the following information: 

  • The name of the individual or school being nominated
  • The name of the person submitting the nomination
  • A secondary contact person name (someone who can provide any additional materials needed)
  • Secondary contact person email
  • Secondary contact person phone number
  • The purpose and/or mission of the nominated program
  • The primary objectives of the program
  • An abbreviated description of the program
  • Sources of funding and/or support for the program
  • Evidence of program/pedagogical innovation/co-curricular innovation impact on stakeholders (e.g. students, campus, etc.) including both short and long-term outcomes.



  • Up to two pages of exhibits (i.e. charts, diagrams, figures, tables, etc.) are accepted for submission. These may be used to more fully explain or clarify the text. Information about suggested outlines and topics to cover are provided to indicate minimum requirements related to the nomination and should be adjusted to reflect the specifics of an individual submission.

Examples & Previous Winners

Service commitment letter

  • As part of the nomination for the award, winners must commit to being available to judge the year following the award and at least two more times in the next 5 years. A letter from the applicant’s Dean is required to indicate support for this commitment and should be included with the nomination.



Content of Finalist Nomination Materials (Due December 15, 2020)


If selected as a finalist a second packet of materials elaborating on the initial nomination executive summary must be submitted by December 15, 2020.


The Final Nomination Package should contain the following items:


  • A five-page executive summary of the program.
  • set of supporting materials that further describe and/or document the various aspects of the program. This could include syllabi, promotional materials, summaries of student comments or evaluations, etc.A set of presentation slides that will be shared at the finalist presentations at the annual conference. The presentation slides should summarize the key aspects of the program.
  • A statement of commitment naming the representative(s) of the institution and/or program who will attend the conference and present to the finalist judges panel, in person. (Note: failure to attend and present in person will result in forfeiture of the nomination.)
  • A statement of commitment naming the representative(s) of the institution and/or program, that if your nomination receives the award, who will attend the conference and be available to judge this category twice in the subsequent five years. This statement reflects USASBE’s commitment to continuous improvement in the award submissions and ensures a consistency of quality and fairness of process by having experienced judges.
  • Completion of a Finalist Information form with permission signature to use the information for marketing and promotional purposes by USASBE.
  • Submission of Final Nomination Package should be electronically submitted.


Finalists will make a scheduled presentation before a panel of judges at the National Conference. The specific time and location will be provided prior to the conference. The selection of the National Award Winners will be made at the USASBE National Meeting, based on the presentations made by each finalist, as well as the revised nomination materials submitted as part of the Final Nomination Package. Each finalist will present for 20 minutes to a panel of judges.


Submit Finalist Information

Reapplication Guidelines

Only one winner is named in each Model Program Category in any year. As a consequence, it is quite possible that one or more truly outstanding organizations or individuals may be nominated for a particular award and yet not receive it because an even more outstanding candidate was nominated in the same year. To deal with this possibility as effectively and as fairly as possible, the following guidelines have been established:

  1. The finalists for each award will be announced to the membership of USASBE and the public. The names of all other nominees will be kept confidential.
  2. All non-winning nominees, including the non-winning finalists, will be given feedback on how they could strengthen their applications for the following years and are encouraged to resubmit. There is no prescribed period that any nominee must wait before resubmitting their nomination materials for any award
  3. Award recipients may not be nominated for any award received for a period of five years after receiving that award.

Condition of Submission

By submitting this nomination for consideration, the nominator(s) agree on behalf of themselves and the programs and individuals included in the nomination that:

  • USASBE has the rights to publish the award nomination and related materials (PowerPoint slides, etc.) of award-winning entries to the USASBE website for use as a resource by USASBE members.
  • One or more of the Finalists associated with the submission will be present at the Conference to present their nomination to the judges.


Calendar of Events & Due Dates for Awards

The calendar of activities and deadlines is as follows:

October 4, 2020 Nominations due for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards (no more than 5 pages, submitted via

December 15, 2020 - Receipt of finalists revised materials

USASBE 2021 Conference, January 2021 - Presentation by Finalists at USASBE Conference. Each finalist will present for a maximum of 20 minutes to a panel of judges.

USASBE 2021 Conference, January 2021 - Announcement of Award Winners at annual USASBE Entrepreneurship Education Awards Ceremony.



Questions and Additional Information

Still have questions about the awards or nominations process? Please contact -


Brittani Garner, Program Director



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