To recognize a key individual who has been instrumental in furthering both entrepreneurial growth and spirit in the United States.

Form of Recognition

Engraved Award


Maximum of one per year. If no suitable candidate is proposed in a given year, the award will not be presented for that year.


Individuals who have been instrumental in furthering both entrepreneurial growth and spirit in the United States.

No current member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE-USA Board of Directors, the IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates, or nominate or endorse candidates for this award.

Basis for Judging

The nomination for the IEEE-USA Entrepreneur Achievement Award for Leadership in Entrepreneurial Spirit is to exemplify an individual who embodies the spirit of an entrepreneur. This individual has demonstrated this spirit -- “creative mindset” (Faltin, 2007) -- through perseverance by using their own visionary efforts to create a successful business that has commercialized technology products or services. The individual and his or her successful business have advanced society through commerce and community improvement.

Nominations may be for candidates who demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit, support the goals of IEEE, and improve the general image of the engineer, or engineering profession.

Following are the criteria against which candidates for the award should be measured. These guidelines are for comparison of the pool of nominees:

  1. Embodies the spirit of an entrepreneur by having a creative mindset; and by showing perseverance to an entrepreneurial vision
  2. Created, started, or founded a successful U.S.-based business, where technology products or services are creating commerce
  3. Carries forward the spirit of the entrepreneur in the community through volunteerism
  4. Shows or demonstrates an interest in mentoring future entrepreneurs.

The criteria are designed to provide a framework for continued collaborative relationships between entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, and mentors working in IEEE-designated fields of interest.


Proposals for nominations of candidates for this award shall be made via the IEEE USA website nomination portal.



The IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee shall evaluate all proposals and shall select the proposal which, in their judgment, is best and recommend the proposed candidate to the IEEE-USA Board of Directors for approval.


The ARC will develop and arrange plans for the presentation of awards, which will be done at an annual Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with a major IEEE-USA conference or at other appropriate venues, and with consideration to the request of the approved award recipient.


Citation shall be proposed by the person originating the nomination. It will be reviewed and modified as appropriate by the IEEE-USA Awards and Recognition Committee.


David Iams
Career, Member, and Professional Activities Manager
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