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I am pleased to share exciting news: VT won the Model Program Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). The announcement was made on January 8 as part of the USASBE 2022 annual conference. The USASBE Model Program Award recognizes colleges and universities that provide comprehensive, bold, and high-quality educational programs that train future generations of entrepreneurs. Previous award winners include Iowa State University (2021), Purdue University (2020), University of Missouri - Kansas City (2019), and Syracuse University (2018).

Here is what Judi Eyles, Program Awards Chair for USASBE 2022, said about our program: “Virginia Tech’s program is boldly comprehensive, with a significant lineup of faculty focused on entrepreneurship, many courses, integration with partners, and impressive leadership support.  The judges felt strongly that this program offers many examples that others can learn from to implement on their own campuses.”

You may recall that last November, VT was ranked top 25 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in Princeton Review’s rankings for 2022, marking the second straight year it received the ranking. While the major and interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship as well as the dozen entrepreneurship courses taught by the world-class faculty in the Department of Management were clearly instrumental, this recognition is also broadly about the ecosystem VT has developed for entrepreneurship through the Innovate LLC, Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, Link+License+ Launch, Innovation Campus in the Washington D.C. Metro area, and many more.

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