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The GCEC awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship! We are excited to read about the great achievements of university entrepreneurship programs and proud to recognize them. Each year, the GCEC recognizes the top entrepreneurship programs in nine categories. Whilst each category will typically have one overall winner, the judges may decide to award “Highly Commended” to some finalists.

In addition, schools may nominate an individual for the GCEC Legacy Award. The GCEC Legacy Award recognizes an individual for a lifetime of “pioneering work in advancing entrepreneurship in universities and/or directing a university entrepreneurship center that created a legacy impact on the field of entrepreneurship”.

Finalists and winners will be announced at the 2024 GCEC Conference from Nov. 14-16 at Babson College. The awards ceremony and dinner are set for Saturday, Nov. 16. A leader from your entity must be registered for and attend the conference to receive an award. You can nominate your entity in multiple award categories. A panel of judges, led by past winners and current GCEC members, selects the award recipients.

For questions, please contact:

Gurpreet Jagpal, Chair

GCEC Awards Committee

Email: g.jagpal10@aston.ac.uk 


This document outlines the awards criteria (application and judging) for all categories. Please review the document before preparing your nomination. 


  • Each Nomination is limited to 3 pages (PLUS, a cover page with contact information), and should be submitted through the Reviewr platform. All documents should be submitted as PDF files. An Appendix and/or Supplemental information (maximum 3 pages) should be provided and must be appended to the 3-page Nomination and sent as a single PDF file. The total PDF file should be no more than 7 pages (cover page, 3-page nomination, and 7-page appendix) and no more than 10MB.
  • One exception is the Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. The nomination can be up to 3 pages (plus cover page and 5-page appendix). The total page count maximum for the Nasdaq application with appendix is 9 pages and 10MB in size.
  • If you are including embedded links for the judges to review, please limit it to 3 links.
  • Individuals should submit nominations for the category that they believe best fits their entity’s accomplishments. It is a Leader’s responsibility to evaluate the category that can best be articulated in terms of their entity’s focus, achievements, and purpose. A university may apply for awards in multiple categories, if they believe they have strengths in multiple categories.
  • Awards in each category will be made to the centers that demonstrate exceptional achievement within the category. Whilst each category will have typically have one overall winner, the judges may decide to award “Highly Commended” to some finalists.
  • Awards will be announced and presented at the annual GCEC Conference.
  • A representative from each nominated university must be present to accept the award.
  • Any award-winning school will not be eligible for the following 5 years to submit for an award in the same category.
  • Finally, winning schools may be asked to have a representative on the Award Judging panel to evaluate nominations the following year and future years.

Preparing the Nomination

The following guidelines are designed to facilitate a fair and simple basis for nominations, review, and award selections.

  • Identify the specific category for which the center is nominated. Identify the center and institution names and contact information for the center director and for the individual submitting on behalf of the center. Unfortunately, if the category is not clearly identified, the nomination will not be considered.
  • In all responses, please clearly indicate the center’s role in highlighted activities, and/or specific relationship to the center of individuals, programs, or activities that are highlighted.
  • Be sure to address each item in the nomination criteria, even if the answer is N/A. Once these specific items have been addressed, you may add information that you think is relevant. This should be done in no more than 3 pages!


  • Many Award Categories have suggested or required appendix materials. The appendix is limited to 3 pages, including the suggested materials according to the Award Category.
  • The appendix should be appended to the 3-page Nomination and submitted as a single PDF document, together with the 3-page nomination. The maximum combined file size is 10MB.
  • If you choose to submit optional information in the appendix, we recommend that you include examples of programs, initiatives or courses that visually capture what you have described in your 3-page nomination. You may include PDF’s of marketing materials, fact sheets, collateral, brochures, PowerPoint files, flyers, testimonials, photographs, or other information that supports your nomination. Do not simply use the appendix to include additional text about your program.
  • Also, when including supporting materials, please be sure to clearly indicate how the items relate specifically to the award category. In other words, please submit only those that specifically tie to the category and criteria. Ad hoc materials that do not specifically tie to criteria requests will be excluded from evaluation and may negatively affect the evaluation.