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Business program earns national award

Entrepreneurship & Innovation program wins national award for student engagement & leadership.


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) – a leadership organization for university entrepreneurship programs – has recognized the Clark University School of Management’s  Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (E & I) as one of the premier university-based programs in the country.

In total, only 20 entrepreneurship centers or programs were honored by the GCEC this year as being among the best in university entrepreneurship. Across 10 categories, there were more than 65 nominees, with Clark’s E & I program winning for “Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership” for schools with fewer than 5,000 students.

“We are thrilled to see our E & I Program highlighted by the GCEC and earn this prestigious award,” said Alan Eisner, dean of the School of Management. “Clark’s entrepreneurial students are a truly impressive group, and it has been exciting to see how the program’s growth has impacted both Clark and our surrounding community.”

The award in the “Outstanding Student Engagement & Leadership” category was presented to Clark for achieving high levels of student engagement and exceptional student leadership in its entrepreneurship programming. Selection criteria includes level of student engagement, impact of student leaders, and variety of student activities.

Under the guidance of the School of Management and  program manager Teresa Quinn, the E & I program has experienced outstanding growth. Programing now includes the annual Clark Tank Competition; Clark Collective – a collection of Clark students’ small businesses; the new Trans Collective, which provides a safe and inclusive shopping experience for the LGBTQAI+ community;  Community Thrift ‘n Flip – the long-standing thrift store that serves Clark University and the area Worcester community; Clark Entrepreneurship Club and the TIE Club – Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship; and finally, the new Food Combi, which brings student-created foods to campus and the community.

About the School of Management at Clark University

Accredited by AACSB International, the School of Management (SOM) at Clark University is a small, academically rigorous business school that offers a personalized, collaborative learning experience.  Launched in 1982, Clark’s SOM—previously known as the Graduate School of Management (GSOM)–has experienced outstanding growth and continues to embody its mission of developing and preparing a diverse community of learners, researchers, business professionals and future leaders to think critically, manage collaboratively and contribute to their organizations and society.

About the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

The GCEC is a consortium of leading university entrepreneurship programs across the United States that collaborate toward advancing excellence in entrepreneurship programming and initiatives. The consortium is comprised of over 250 member centers. More information about the GCEC 2021 awards can be found here.


~ Meredith Galena
SOM Communications Specialist