On October 14th, Desh Deshpande received the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Lifetime Achievement Award. NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges.
“The NACCE Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual who has achieved entrepreneurial success and played a pivotal role in the community through involvement and support of civic and philanthropic activities,” said Heather Van Sickle, the CEO of NACCE. “While building a series of successful technology businesses, Dr. Deshpande founded the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, an organization dedicated to fostering innovation. Through the Deshpande Foundation, he provided seed money to start the Center, which empowers researchers to bring innovative technologies from the lab to the marketplace in terms of breakthrough products and new companies. He has also been a major contributor to many entrepreneurial philanthropic causes throughout the world, including the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Lawrence/Lowell, Massachusetts, in which two NACCE member colleges participate.”
The award was presented at NACCE’s 11th Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.