Entrepreneurship Education Excellence


The ICSB Global Awards in Entrepreneurship Education Excellence were created to recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Two Program Awards will be awarded: one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level. The winners will be announced at the ICSB 2023 World Congress in Gwangju, South Korea.

Criteria for the Entrepreneurship Education Excellence award:

1. Program’s novelty and creativity. How is this program actively initiating new ways of operating that are both innovative and humanely focused?

2. Measurable impact that the programs students. How has this program altered the students’ experience? What data is shown to indicate this impact?

3. Impact on society. How is this program reimagining the educational experience of the next generation of entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators?

4. Program’s replicability in other parts of the world. How might this program’s philosophy or operation be transmitted and/or promoted elsewhere throughout the global entrepreneurship community.

The following is an overview of the submission process, which begins with a nomination of the program. Self-nominations are encouraged. These initial nominations require a brief nominee information packet including all information described below. Finalists are chosen by the Pedagogy Awards Committee and are notified via email. Those selected as finalists must then submit elaborating documents and commit to presenting their program at the ICSB Congress. Finalists must register at the ICSB Congress and can present in person or online.

Typically, the ICSB Global Awards in Entrepreneurship Education Excellence Committee receives numerous nominations for each award. As a result, it is possible that a specific program might not be selected as a finalist. Applicants are advised that 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. Therefore, if an individual or institution elects to submit in more than one category and is selected as a finalist in more than one category, they must choose which category they wish to compete in as a Finalist and withdraw from the remaining categories. 

Reapplication Guidelines:

As the quality of applications ICSB  receives is exemplary, it is possible that one or more truly outstanding organizations or individuals may be nominated for a particular award and not receive it. To deal with this possibility as effectively and as fairly as possible, the following guidelines have been established:

  • The finalists for each award will be announced to the membership of ICSB and the public.
  • The names of all other nominees will be kept confidential.
  • All non-winning nominees, including the non-winning International Finalist, will be informed of how they could strengthen their applications for the following years.
  • All non-winning nominees, including the non-winning International Finalist, may submit re-applications for a particular award. There is no prescribed period that any nominee must wait before resubmitting their nomination materials for any award. However, award winners may not reapply in the same category for a period of ten years.

Nominee information packet:

Nominees must submit an executive summary, no more than 11 pages, that contain the following information. The deadline for initial submissions is June 10, 2023.

The title page should contain:

  • The name of the individual or school being nominated
  • The award for which the individual or school is being nominated (undergraduate or graduate)
  • The name, address, phone number and email of a person who can provide any additional materials needed
  • The purpose and/or mission of the nominated program.
  • An abbreviated description of the program
  • The primary objectives of the program.
  • The principal students and/or individuals the program is designed to serve
  • Unique aspects and features of the program
  • Program benefits for its students (show uniqueness)
  • Program outcomes, short and long term for the students (show impact)
  • Submitted via the online system in PDF format
  • The award winners must commit to being available to judge the year following the award and at least two more times in the next five years. 
  • A letter from the applicant’s Dean is required to indicate support for this commitment and should be included with the nomination.

Submission of Initial Nomination Materials:

Submission of Finalist Materials:

If selected as a finalist, a second packet of materials or the Final Nomination Package elaborating (or editing) on the initial nomination executive summary.

The final nomination package should contain the following items:

  • No more than 11 pages executive summary of the program.
  • 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. This information must be submitted in PDF format. This is additional to the 11 pages.
  • Presentation slides submitted in PowerPoint format to be shared at the finalist presentations at the annual conference. The slides should summarize key aspects of the program, course or pedagogy as well as discuss how the aforementioned satisfy the primary Entrepreneurship Education Excellence criteria. This information must be submitted in PowerPoint format.
  • 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. This information must be submitted in PDF format.
  • Corresponding to the commitment to present is the implicit commitment, if a winner, to be available to judge this category twice in the subsequent five years. This ensures a consistency of quality and fairness of process by having experienced judges.
  • Completion of a Finalist Information Form granting permission to ICSB to use the information for marketing and promotional purposes. This form will be completed during the online submission process.


Submission of Final Nomination Package:

The final nomination package must be submitted via email to congress@icsb.org by June 25, 2023.