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2012 Entrepreneur Scholars Program Awarded the 2011 Model Specialty Program Award by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
2011 UP Entrepreneur Scholar Kurt Berning wins national E-Scholar Student Consortium Elevator Pitch Competition.
2010 The Center for Entrepreneurship awarded contract from the Portland Development Commission to study the state of entrepreneurship in Portland.
2009 Three of our Entrepreneur Scholars; Jack Cullen, Elysse Egerman, Christian Acuna were finalists of 2009 New Zealand Global Enterprise Experience Competition.
2008 Entrepreneur Scholar alum Nick Tostenrude, along with fellow UP students Dennis Moulton and Sara Derkacht launched EnableMart while in school and earlier this year went through a successful liquidity event via an acquisition by Manufacturers Resource Network. Today, EnableMart is the worldwide leader in assistive technology.
2007 UP Entrepreneur Scholar alum Steve Nguyen named top entrepreneur 30 or under in the Asia-Pacific region by BusinessWeek.com
2006 Recipient of a $300,000 Meyer Memorial Trust grant to form a biomedical engineering/ entrepreneurship partnership with Oregon Health and
2005 Recipient of a $149,000 grant from the Coleman Foundation to integrate an entrepreneurship component into the courses offered as part of the University core
2005 For the third consecutive year, Entrepreneur magazine recognized the
2004 Host site of the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC)
2004 Selected as one of three NASDAQ Centers of Excellence by NCEC
2004 Venture Bowl, National Institute for Entrepreneurship (Dennis Moulton '04, Nick Tostenrude '02, Cristian Dumitru '03, Gabe Trif '03, and Sara Derkacht '04)
2003 Named as the Educational Entrepreneur Program of the Year by Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization
2003 Regional Champions, Students in Free Enterprise
2002 Recipient of the inaugural $100,000 USASBE grant for programs of national significance
2002 UP Entrepreneur Scholar Nick Tostenrude named the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year by the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
2002 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education by the Freedoms Foundation at
2002 U.S. Department of Commerce Student Mentor of the Year
2001 Earned the National Model Specialty Program Award for Entrepreneurship Education,
1999 Entrepreneur Scholars Program received the Innovation and Creative Education Award from the
1999 The University of Portland Center for Entrepreneurship was established through a $1 million endowment by Robert W. Franz