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June 18, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UTC entrepreneurship program vying for international recognition

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a finalist in the "Triple E Awards," which focus on university programs that involve and benefit students and the local community.

As previously reported, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a finalist in a global competition to recognize excellence and achievement in higher education entrepreneurship efforts.

CIE is a finalist for “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team of the Year” in the “Triple E Awards,” which focus on university programs that involve and benefit students and the local community. The recognition is sponsored by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities in Germany.

Now, local voters can help CIE by voting online. That will be used to determine the overall “People’s Choice Award” winner of the 2023 “Triple E Awards” as well as the “People’s Choice Award” honoree in each of the five categories.

To vote, click here.

The UTC program is facing teams from Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, the London School of Economics and Political Science in England, and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

“Even being finalists, I can feel like we’ve already won in some sense because this is international recognition. We now have some international credibility,” said Thomas Lyons, Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, and a member of the CIE team.

Other team members are Commercialization Coordinator Jennifer Skjellum, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mike Bradshaw, and former CIE Director Libby Santin, who left UTC in January to start her own consulting business.

Winners of the Triple E Awards will be announced during ceremonies June 26-29 in Barcelona, Spain.

To learn more, click here.

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