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SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Earns National Award for Excellence

Alex DeNoble holding award

Alex DeNoble holds Lavin Entrepreneurship Center Nasdaq Award

Entrepreneurship program at San Diego State University honored for making “enormous contributions in advancing entrepreneurship as the force for economic growth throughout the world.”

Lavin Entrepreneurship Center was honored with the Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurial Centers (GCEC). The award was presented to the center on October 20, 2018.

Created by the Nasdaq Stock Market in conjunction with GCEC, the award recognizes university entrepreneurship programs that have made advancements in entrepreneurship research and curriculum, outreach to emerging ventures, community collaborations, special projects, and overall prestige and recognition in the field of entrepreneurship.

“We are incredibly honored to have been named the 2018 GCED Nasdaq Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence,” said Dr. Alex DeNoble, executive director of SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. “This was truly a team effort and without the contributions of so many individuals within the Fowler College of Business and SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad, we could not have achieved the outstanding entrepreneurship educational programs, research and outreach success we’ve accomplished in the past few years.”

The award has been given to university-based entrepreneurship programs since 2000. Previous winners include Baylor University, the University of Southern California, Syracuse University and the University of California, Berkeley.

The following individuals and programs were involved in making the award possible:

  • Cathy Pucher and the team at the ZIP Launchpad
  • Kevin Popovic and the team at the ZIP Idea Lab
  • Susan Baxter and the teaching team of CSU I-Corps
  • John Francis and the team at Aztec Consulting
  • The entrepreneurship faculty in the management department (Mujtaba Ahsan, Congcong Zheng, Martina Musteen, Mike Sloan, Kim King and Tanya Hertz)
  • Bern Schroeder and the team at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center