Trinity University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has received the 2021 GCEC Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for schools with 5,000 students or fewer from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). This is the highest honor awarded for a university-based entrepreneurship center.
This award was created in 2000 by the New York-based Nasdaq Stock Market in association with GCEC to celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship and recognize the unique achievements and outstanding efforts of entrepreneurship programs worldwide.
The Nasdaq award honors those centers that have made and will continue to make enormous contributions in advancing entrepreneurship as the force in economic growth throughout the world. Trinity was selected for the breadth, quality, and longevity of its entrepreneurship program and was recognized for its experiential learning curriculum, partnerships with Geekdom, Students+Startups, Launch SA, VelocityTX, the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition, and Trinity Venture Mentoring Service, to name a few.
Two students present at the Louis H. Stumberg New Venture Competition.
“We are incredibly honored to be the first liberal arts and sciences university to receive this award. It’s a reflection of our team effort and the impact that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are making in San Antonio, Texas, and across the world,” says Luis Martinez ’91, Ph.D., director of Trinity’s entrepreneurship program. “Trinity joins an elite group of academic entrepreneurship centers including MIT, Stanford, Rice, USC, the University of Chicago, and Texas A&M University, who received the award this year along with Trinity in the category of schools with more than 5,000 students.”
The GCEC is a consortium of 250 leading university entrepreneurship programs that work together to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in educating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Martinez was recently appointed to GCEC’s executive board.