By: Jackie Davis, M.Ed. MBA
Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) has won two international awards for its work in supporting entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.
The awards were announced at the 35th Annual International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI35), hosted virtually by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) on April 25-30, 2021.
The InBIA is the largest member-based entrepreneurial support network in the world with over 1,200 members in 30 countries. Its membership includes leaders from incubators, accelerators, and other entrepreneurship centers. ICBI35 is the primary venue for entrepreneurial support professionals to share best practices, proven strategies, effective tools and relevant insights.
Each year, InBIA awards entrepreneurship centers that are achieving excellence in a variety of areas. The Awards Showcase gives conference attendees the opportunity to see how high-performing centers operate and learn from the programs, strategies and best practices employed to ensure success. Associate Director of ENI, Jackie Davis, was one of 11 finalists to present during the showcase. The presentations were delivered in a fast-paced storytelling, Pecha Kucha style, with slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds to keep presenters and viewers on their toes.
Georgia State’s ENI was the only entrepreneurship center to take home two awards. ENI received the Sector-Focused Entrepreneurship Center of the Year Award, and the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund was awarded the Specialty Award for Most Innovative Program both based on their work in supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs.
“These awards are a clear testimony of both Georgia State’s and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute’s commitment to eliminating achievement gaps for all entrepreneurs and serving as a national model for inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Jackie Davis.
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