TCU Neeley School of Business Adds to Stack of Entrepreneurship Awards

The school will add this latest award to an already glowing trophy case.

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Since the founding of TCU Neeley School of Business’ Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2018, the institute has been recognized as a global leader in many respects, most notably being ranked the fifteenth best undergraduate entrepreneurship program by the Princeton Review.

On its own, the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business is recognized by The Economist as having the best faculty quality in the world, the best energy MBA in Texas according to the Oil and Gas Investor Magazine, and the thirteenth best executive MBA in the world as ranked by The Economist.

Further adding to its accolades, the TCU Neeley School of Business and its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was honored by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) as one of the best entrepreneurship programs in the world.

The institute’s 2021 award is the Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines Award “for its exemplary excellence in creating, advancing and enabling entrepreneurial education opportunities to a diverse set of stakeholders across campus.” This award marks a milestone for the institute as TCU becomes the first university to win an award from the GCEC for three consecutive years.

Neeley was recognized as a leader for its’ collaborative outreach and cross-campus initiatives by the GCEC when compared to 88 other submissions by global institutions.

“The annual GCEC Awards celebrate the best in entrepreneurship education and programming worldwide. Each award category is reviewed by an expert panel of judges, and clearly, TCU is a top contender for their work across disciplines,” Holly DeArmond, chair of the GCEC Awards and managing director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business said.

The two previous awards given to the institute were the 2020 Outstanding Contribution to Venture Creation Award and the 2019 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teach and Pedagogical Innovation Award.

“At a time when the world needs innovation more than ever, it’s exciting to see the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the TCU Neeley School of Business once again shine on the global stage. This year’s award recognizes our excellence in collaboration across disciplines, which is a hallmark of TCU’s connection culture and is exactly what is required of leaders today who must generate results by working and celebrating a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and ideas,” Daniel Pullin, the John V. Roach Dean of the TCU Neeley School of Business said.

According to the TCU Neeley School of Business, GCEC is the premier academic organization globally for 250 university-based entrepreneurship programs. The consortium “encourages established and emerging programs to share best practices, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”


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