Student Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

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In celebration of EPICentre’s 10th anniversary of fostering entrepreneurial thinking on campus and through the Windsor-Essex community, EPICentre presents the Student Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. These awards aim to recognize and celebrate outstanding University of Windsor student entrepreneurs who have displayed entrepreneurial excellence, resilience, and innovative thinking.

The awards are:

1. Entrepreneurial Trailblazer Award – Recognizing entrepreneurial excellence, the Entrepreneurial Trailblazer Award acknowledges the exceptional accomplishments of a student entrepreneur who has demonstrated visionary leadership and significant entrepreneurial success

2. Innovation Mastery Award – Celebrating innovative ideas, the Innovation Award recognizes a student entrepreneur whose business or ideas have demonstrated remarkable innovation, creativity, and the potential for positive impact

3. Best Bounce Back Award – Celebrating resilience, this award honours a student entrepreneur who has shown exceptional resilience in the face of challenges and has successfully overcome obstacles to achieve their entrepreneurial goals

The winner of each award will receive a $500 cash prize and a trophy.

Nominate an exceptional University of Windsor Student Entrepreneur for the EPICentre Student Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards today! Self-nominations are also welcome!

Nominees for 2024 awards must be:

  • Current University of Windsor students (undergraduate and graduate), including students graduated in the academic year 2023
  • Nominees do NOT have to be EPICentre’s current or past members
  • Nominations open: Monday, October 2nd, 2023 at 9:00 am
  • Nominations close: Monday, November 6th, 2023 at 2:00 pm
  • Nominees announced on Monday November 27th, 2023
  • Winners announced at EPICentre’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday January 19th, 2024

To nominate a deserving student entrepreneur:

  • Complete the nomination form with as much detail as possible. Your nomination should highlight the nominee’s achievements, contributions to the community, and why you believe they deserve the award;
  • Include at least two letters of support for the nomination. The letters of support can be attached to the online nomination form.

Self-nominations are also welcome!

Link to the nomination form

Note: Nominee and nominator information will be kept confidential and used solely for the purpose of the award selection process.

  • EPICentre staff will review all nominations to ensure nominees meet the eligibility criteria.
  • All eligible nominations will be reviewed by the Nominees Selection Committee, which will consist of the Director of EPICentre and two external members from the community.
  • The Nominees Selection Committee will select up to 5 nominees for each award category.
  • Nominees will be notified by email; nominees will also be shared on EPICentre’s social media
  • All nominees will be reviewed by the Awards Selection Committee, which will consist of three external members from the community
  • Winners of each award will be announced, and awards will be presented at the Student Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Celebration
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