EAST LANSING – Michigan State University has received 2018’s Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Center’s prize for Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation.

Competing against nationally recognized entrepreneurship centers, Michigan State’s program took center stage with Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. GCEC’s annual awards showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship, recognizing top entrepreneurship programs in seven categories.

MSU is represented by the MSU Hatch, and MSU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Spartan Innovations.

“This award is six years in the making,” said Paul Jaques, director of student and community engagement at Spartan Innovations. “Our team is laser-focused on creating value-driven academic programming, collaborative incubation spaces, and a summer business accelerator—all of which cultivates a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem at Michigan State University that serves our students, faculty, and researchers committed to creating new ventures.”

Hosted by DePaul University and Illinois Institute of Technology, the 2018 GCEC conference was held on October 18 – 20 in Chicago. The annual event focuses on entrepreneurial ecosystems across the nation that support starting and building businesses. GCEC received over 180 nomination proposals, was attended by over 600 leaders in university entrepreneurship, and represents more than 250 universities.