Entrepreneur of the Year Award


UMSL has been a catalyst for transforming lives in the Saint Louis region since 1963

As a result, UMSL has over 103,000 alumni around the globe. Thousands of UMSL alumni have started businesses that are employing hundreds of thousands in our region and around the world. Creating the UMSL Accelerate Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is the direct result of Peter A. Racen’s (1980) conviction that communities can be changed and positively impacted through nurturing and accelerating the creation of businesses. ,The purpose of the award is to recognize UMSL alumni, students, faculty, staff, as well as outside organizations/non-profits, corporations and advocates who are impacting our community and the world around us through outstanding entrepreneurial achievement. In addition, we want to inspire the award recipients and nominees to advance the UMSL Accelerate’s vision and mission.