Entrepreneurial Excellence

Matthew Altenberg, VLS ’13 (center) with fellow ICE Award winners

The Villanova Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center) has named Matthew Altenberg ’13 a winner of the annual Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Awards.

The ICE Awards were created and endowed by Patrick Meyer '74 VSB in honor of the Meyer family (Patrick '74, Edward '86, and C. Paul '30) to recognize a spirit of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship that enhances Villanova University. Five graduating students—one from each college— and one professor received this honor.

Altenberg won the award for initiating a new interdisciplinary business and law journal aimed at cultivating new ideas within the business and legal communities. He also participated in the inaugural Villanova in the Valley program where he learned how to bridge the gap between innovative entrepreneurship with his legal background.

The 2013 student honorees also include Alejandro Avellana ’13 VSB, Cassandra Postighone ’13 LAS, Alexandria Reo ’13 CON and Stephen Schraer ’13 COE. Edmond Dougherty, assistant professor of engineering and director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program, won the faculty ICE Award.

The ICE Center is an innovative driver of scholastic, educational, and professional development opportunities in the related areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the Villanova community. The ICE Center has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture. While ICE lives in VSB, the creative outcomes and new ideas tend to be the result of the collision of seemingly disparate types of knowledge. The ICE Center fosters opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning to occur and believes that students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the School of Law can all learn from one another to become more well-rounded innovative and creative thinkers.