Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship receives international recognition


University Marketing + Communications 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is among the best in the world at launching and supporting student-led startup companies.

The Center was selected as one of the five finalists for the “Outstanding Contributor to Venture Creation” award at the 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ (GCEC) annual conference last week in Rochester, New York.

Other schools selected as finalists were Arizona State University, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and UNC Chapel Hill. The GCEC awards are judged by peer entrepreneurship directors to recognize the very best in entrepreneurship education. This year had a record number of applicants and more than 450 participants from around the world.

“At the Haile/US Bank College of Business, we not only educate and nurture our students, but also give them the tools they need to go out into the world and make a big impact,” said Dean Dr. Rebecca I. Porterfield. “We are proud that our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has helped student-led companies generate more than $2 million in capital.”

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was formed in 2014 to create, advance, enable, and expand entrepreneurship education opportunities across campus as well as in the community. Its advisory board includes leaders from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky startup and technology world; through these connections, NKU students receive unique opportunities to engage with and learn from these and other leaders.

“At NKU, no dream is too big or too bold to be achieved. We work each day to help student entrepreneurs from across campus achieve their dreams, and we are proud that those efforts continue to earn international recognition,” said Rodney D’Souza, Fifth Third Bank Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Last year, the CIE received the Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Campus award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. The GCEC is the nation’s premier organization for university-based entrepreneurship centers. With membership from more than 225 entrepreneurship centers across the globe, the organization links universities of all sizes to share best practices and to advance, strengthen, and celebrate university-based entrepreneurship centers and programs.