Sydney School of Entrepreneurship wins global industry award for excellence

22 October 2018

Nick Kaye, CEO, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship

The Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) has won a prestigious global industry award for 'The Most Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centre' at the annual conference of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres (GCEC) being held in Chicago in the United States.

The GCEC is the leading global organisation representing university-based entrepreneurship centres, with 250 members collaborating to advance, strengthen and celebrate the role of universities in educating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The award was judged from a strong field of international universities with a new entrepreneurship centre less than five years old.

SSE CEO Nick Kaye accepted the award at the weekend at the 2018 GCEC awards presentation ceremony in Chicago.

'I’m extremely honoured to accept the award for Most Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centre on behalf of the SSE community,' Mr Kaye said.

'The vision of the NSW Government to invest in such an ambitious entrepreneurship school, and the tremendous support and goodwill of our 12 member institutions is what makes SSE an outstanding new venture.

'Sydney School of Entrepreneurship is an unprecedented collaboration between all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW. Our mission is to build a diverse community of next-generation entrepreneurs, creating high growth companies and jobs of the future.

'SSE enjoyed a highly impactful first year of operations, welcoming more than 4,000 participants, including academic faculty, student entrepreneurs, startups and industry partners at more than 100 activities hosted at our Sydney campus and member campuses across the state.

'We’re Sydney in name but statewide in operations, bringing together student entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and locations across NSW. The cross-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration creates a larger common stage for entrepreneurship to thrive.

'SSE is undergoing an exciting curriculum development in our second year, rolling out four new units of study at the cutting edge of experiential entrepreneurship education,' Mr Kaye said.

Deputy NSW Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Small Business and Skills John Barilaro congratulated SSE on winning the award in its first year of operations.

'The NSW Government invested $25 million to help establish the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship to provide a place for students to learn skills that can help them develop into entrepreneurs who can go on to create future businesses and jobs for our state,' Mr Barilaro said.

'This award is a great tribute to the early success and future potential of the SSE to drive NSW and Australian entrepreneurship on the global stage.'