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Griggs Center Recognized at the Deshpande Symposium

About the Award

Earlier this summer, the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy received the Rising Star Award for Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship through the Deshpande Symposium Awards. This award recognizes an institution that encourages student leadership and engagement and supports the development of entrepreneurial awareness, skills and practice.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Deshpande Symposium. This award is a reflection of the dedication of our team to encourage and empower students and foster an entrepreneurial spirit across ACU’s campus,” said Jim Litton, director of the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. “We look forward to continue developing high-quality programs that allow our students to experience entrepreneurship and equip them for success in the future.” Other universities recognized by the Deshpande awards this year include West Virginia University, University of Houston, University of North Alabama, Kent State and the University of Rochester.

About the Deshpande Symposium

“More than 300 leaders of entrepreneurial education were at Umass Lowell for the annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. While they hail from across the U.S. and beyond, the participants all have a common goal: to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs. ‘The Deshpande Symposium brings together a group of practitioners dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education.’ said Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America. UMass Lowell has presented the annual symposium with the Deshpande Foundation since 2012. The event was launched by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and the foundation’s co-founder, technology entrepreneur Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande.”

If you would like to learn more about the Deshpande Symposium and read more about the Deshpande Awards, you can see the UMass Lowell press release. If you would like to learn more about the event itself visit their website here