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Last modified: Monday, October 21, 2002

NASDAQ honors Kelley School's Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

NASDAQ has named the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as a Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence for 2002.

Elizabeth Gatewood, director of the Johnson Center and the Jack M. Gill chair of entrepreneurship, accepted the honor earlier this month at the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an annual meeting that was hosted this year by Babson College in Babson Park, Md.

"The Johnson Center's selection as a NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence is a great reward for the innovative programs we have implemented in the last four years," Gatewood said. "We have focused our efforts on assisting students with their entrepreneurial careers with inventive and supportive practices. By providing sound, pertinent information, we hope our MBAs will begin their entrepreneurial careers on solid ground, preferably right here in Indiana."

NASDAQ is the world's largest electronic stock market, powered by a sophisticated computer and telecommunication network that transmits real-time quote and trade data to more than 1.3 million users in 83 countries.

The NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award recognizes centers that have made and will continue to make contributions in advancing entrepreneurship as a force in economic growth throughout the world.

The honor is bestowed upon entrepreneurship centers that have made remarkable advancement in the entrepreneurial field in the following areas: entrepreneurship research, outreach to emerging ventures, entrepreneurship curriculum, community collaborations, special projects, and overall prestige and recognition in the entrepreneurship field.

The two other schools recognized this year by NASDAQ were Babson College and St. Louis University.