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Texas A&M’s McFerrin Center For Entrepreneurship Receives Highest Honor In Academia

The Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award was given at a recent conference of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.
By Shanna Spencer, Texas A&M University McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship November 9, 2021

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The award was given at the 25th annual Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University received the highest honor for university-based entrepreneurship centers at the 25th annual Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference held recently in Baltimore, Maryland.

“No one performs great work simply for the recognition they may receive,” said McFerrin Center Executive Director Blake Petty. “However, there are certain honors reflecting such a high standard of excellence, that acknowledgement reinforces the value and importance of that work.”

The McFerrin Center received the award in the category of schools with more than 5,000 students. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Trinity University in San Antonio was awarded for schools with fewer than 5,000 students.

The award was created in 2000 by the New York-based Nasdaq Stock Market in association with GCEC to “showcase and celebrate the very best of university entrepreneurship,” according to the award website.

Founded in 1999, the McFerrin Center is the university’s hub for entrepreneurship and focuses on co-curricular education, applied research and community engagement in entrepreneurship.

The center annually offers 30 unique programs that engage more than 14,000 students at Texas A&M and campuses in The Texas A&M System, as well as former students, and other groups, such as veterans. In addition, it coordinates several courses, as well as a master of science in entrepreneurial leadership degree.

The center’s support has resulted in more than 20 research publications and recognition of research faculty with multiple prestigious awards.

For more, see the McFerrin Center news release.

Media contact: Shanna Spencer, 979-458-8632,

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