Nominations open for Auburn University alumni entrepreneurship awards

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The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business is accepting nominations for awards to recognize Auburn University's established and emerging business leaders and innovators during the 2017 Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit. Programming for the summit includes the Top Tigers awards luncheon and the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame gala.

Presented in partnership with Business Alabama magazine and Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors, the Top Tigers awards honor the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni in positions such as CEO, president, vice president, CFO, etc. Nominees are evaluated based on revenue growth.

The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame program honors Auburn alumni who have demonstrated strong leadership skills and perseverance in building a successful business or changing the fortunes of an established company. Individual awards will also be presented for Auburn University's Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is open to Auburn alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago, while the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is open to Auburn alumni who graduated within the past decade.

Former Stryker CEO and Chairman Emeritus John Brown was the inaugural Hall of Fame inductee. Chicken Salad Chick Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand Development Stacy Brown and Bellhops Co-Founder and CEO Cameron Doody earned the Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2016.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 11. Nominations may be submitted online at

Now in its third year, the Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit will be held March 30-31 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Learn more at:

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