2023 Global Triple E Awards


Get recognised and meet the global leaders in E&E in higher education

Congratulations to all finalists. Explore the finalists' entries below and join us at the Award Ceremony in Barcelona, Spain!

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The Triple E Awards go global
Following the inaugural Awards in 2020 in the Asia-Pacific Region and the first "post-pandemic" awards in Europe in 2022, the Awards are now going where they were always supposed to go - GLOBAL!

The Triple E Awards are a global recognition of efforts towards the quest for entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education. It is the first award to focus specifically on different dimensions of the universities' third mission. The Triple E Awards aim to foster change in universities and to emphasize their role in their communities and ecosystems.

While the Awards are organised by 4 regions around the world (Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific), we will celebrate the finalists and winners all together in one unique event - this year in the amazing city of Barcelona, Spain.

Submission is open to all higher education institutions (including colleges) as well as related institutions (e.g. external TTO or incubator that is clearly related to a university). Awardees will be selected through a two-stage process: after the shortlisting of the top 5 entries in each category in each region, additional information need to be submitted which will serve as the basis for the final ranking of the entries and the selecting of the category winner.

Strategic Event Partners

Award patrons




Eligible countries


Award winners




Participants joining the Awards event in Barcelona


Expected number of
entry submissions

Explore past applicants and winners

European (2022) and Asia-Pacific Awards (2020)

2023 Award Categories

Recognising individual and organisational excellence

Award categories for all 4 regions

Entrepreneurial University of the Year

Engaged University of the Year

Male Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year

Female Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year

Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year

Community Engagement Initiative of the Year

SDG Initiative of the Year

Globally awarded categories

Green University of the Year

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Team of the Year

Innovation Ecosystem of the Year

Impressions from the 2022 European Awards

View the Awards pictures on Flickr

Impressions from the 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards

View the Awards pictures on Flickr


Explore "fi", the book of finalists

"fi" features insights into each finalist entry of the 2022 ACEEU European Triple E Awards. Next to an abstract of the entry, additional information such as lessons learned and impact stories are presented. Use the finalist's QR code to get even more information.

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A place with meaning

Celebrate with us the 2023 Global Triple E Awards in Barcelona, Spain. Wondering why we chose Barcelona?

A city full of art and history

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A place for business and leisure

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A city that never sleeps

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International and sea food cuisine

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An award linked to impactful events

The 2023 Global Triple E Awards Ceremony will take place alongside the 2023 ACEEU Stakeholders Forum and the 21st Triple Helix Conference, providing finalists with diverse opportunities to network, share and learn. Learn more

Impressions from ACEEU Events

Discussions and best practice showcasing


Insightful presentations


Tool-supported development


Workshops and professional development


Triple Helix Conference Impressions

Triple Helix Conference

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Triple Helix Conference

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Triple Helix Conference

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Triple Helix Conference

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Categories of excellence

"Finally, entrepreneurship and engagement are given the recognition they deserve"

News Updates

Stay updated on the most recent developments

Event Dinner will take place at the Barcelona Science Museum "CosmoCaixa"

  • 14 Oct 2022

How could a day end better than having a nice drink and dinner at a place that stands like no other for the power of science - CosmoCaixa, Barcelona's unique Science Museum.

As an event participant you will be able to enjoy a cold drink right at the permanent exhibition "The Hall of Univers", where you can discover the cosmos and its evolution from the Big Bang to our days.

Watch the following video to learn more about CosmoCaixa:
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ACEEU partners with THA and LaSalle University to host 2023 Awards

  • 06 Sep 2022

ACEEU is happy to announce that it partners with the Triple Helix Association and LaSalle University to host the 2023 Global Triple E Awards. The agreement followed a visit of the ACEEU leadership to LaSalle in July 2022 and extensive talks about the implementation of the event.

"Barcelona and LaSalle University provide a unique place to host the first Global Edition of the Triple E Awards. Together we will bring more than 400 people to the event, making it the place to be for entrepreneurship and engagement in 2023" says Professor Thorsten Kliewe, Chair of ACEEU.

Triple E Awards go global!

  • 14 Aug 2022

Following the re-birth of the Triple E Awards after the Covid-19 break with the successful hosting of the 2022 European Awards in Florence, Italy, the decision was made that 2023 will be the year to host the Awards on a global scale for the first time.

While universities will still compete with other institutions in their region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific), all Awards will be handed over at a joint event in Barcelona, Spain. In other words, leaders in entrepreneurship and engagement in higher education from around the global will unite in one place and create a breeding ground to discuss and shape the future of higher education.

Triple E Awards


The premier international awards for entrepreneurship and engagement.

Today, universities are expected to create impacts way beyond intellectual ones. The Triple E Awards promote those institutions that outperform in entrepreneurship and engagement.

Past Awards

2022 European Triple E Awards


2020 Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards


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