Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards Celebration

Each year in the spring, we hold the annual Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards Celebration (formerly known as the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet). This event is co-hosted by the the E-Society and the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff in the ICE program.  This year the event will be held on APRIL 16, 2015 at 5:00p.m. in the Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall.

This fun and exciting evening will feature a dialogue with WFU Alum James Beshara '08, CEO and CoFounder of Tilt (formerly CrowdTilt),  hosted by Andy Chan beginning at 5 pm in the Magnolia Room.  At 5:45, President Hatch will join us to present James with the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award, which will be followed by the presentation of the student and faculty ICE Excellence awards.

A reception in honor of all winners will be held immediately following in the Magnolia Room Foyer.  All attendees of the event are invited.

Winners of the awards are also invited to join James Beshara for the ICE Banquet from 6:45p.m. to 8:00p.m. in the Magnolia Room, along with ICE Program Faculty and Staff, ICE Student Leaders, all 2014-2015 Seed Grant Winners, ICE Scholarship Recipients and the ICE Advisory Council.


Awards:

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award recognizes an individual (a Wake Forest Alum, Parent or close connection) who has demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, achievement, and social responsibility. This individual receives the prestigious award and delivers an inspirational keynote talk.   The 2015 awardee will be James Beshara '08, CEO and CoFounder of Tilt, a crowd sourcing venture which he started as CrowdTilt while doing an Independent Study in the ESE minor as a student at Wake.

ICE Excellence Awards are also given to students, faculty and staff for extraordinary achievements in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Student awards will recognize individuals who embody the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit in thought, action and leadership, and/or who have achieved entrepreneurial excellence by launching and outstanding new venture. 

The following ICE Excellence Awards will be given:

  • The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Faculty Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement.  This award is given to a member of the faculty for significant contribution to the ICE program through mentoring and advising, course development or venture development.  It carries a $2,500 prize. 

  • The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Student Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in a Social Venture.  This award is given to a student or students, graduate or undergraduate, who exemplified the Pro Humanitate spririt by starting a successful venture to make a social difference.  It carries a $2,500 prize. 

  • The Russell D. and Elfriede Hobbs Student Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in a Commercial Venture.  This award is given to a student or students, graduate or undergraduate, who demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence by launching a new venture, or building an exixting start-up venture to a new level.  It carries a $2,500 prize. 

  • The Chambers Family Fund Student Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in an Online Venture.  This award is given to a student or students, graduate or undergraduate, who demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence by launching or building a new venture in the online or mobile space, or who excelled in online web or app development.  It carries a $500 prize. 

  • The Lelia and David Farr Student Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.  This award is given to a graduating senior, who demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence by launching a new venture, or building an exixting start-up venture to a new level, and/or by being a strong leader in developing the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Wake community.  It carries a $500 prize. 

  • The ICE Student Award for Excellence in Innovation.  This award is given to a student or students, graduate or undergraduate, who demonstrated excellence in innovation.  This innovation can be in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to the arts, the sciences, technology, commercial and pro humanitate endeavors.  It carries a $500 prize.