The Strome Entrepreneurial Center at ODU organizes the hall of fame induction ceremony each year to honor outstanding and illustrious entrepreneurs. The tradition, started in 2014, recognizes lifelong achievements in entrepreneurship. Until now, ODU has 11 inductees, which include both ODU alumni and entrepreneurs from the community, who are selected based on their track record of sustained entrepreneurship and contributions to the community.
Ajit Prabhu co-founded QuEST Global in 1997 and over the last 20 years, the company has grown to 67 centers across 14 countries with over 12,000 employees and have been helping its clients develop better products, establish new markets and improve efficiency and quality. Built upon the founders’ principles – aspiration, humility and hunger to grow – the company is driven by the passion for engineering and core values – customer focus, integrity and collaboration.
Addressing the gathering, Nancy Grden, Interim Associate Vice President for ODU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and executive director of ODU's Strome Entrepreneurial Center said, "Fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem has been one of the central directions of the University's strategic plan. The Strome Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame is ODU’s way of honoring and celebrating the contributions alumni and community entrepreneurs make each day in the world around us. Our inductees are amazing in what they've done professionally and have track records of consistently giving back personally to the University and to the society."
Speaking on the occasion, Ajit said, "I am excited to receive this recognition from Old Dominion University. As engineers, we have an enormous role to play to better how people live, travel and interact with each other in the coming decades. Opportunities are limitless with the progress that is taking place in computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and machine learning. By combining engineering skills and ethics of entrepreneurship, engineers have a tremendous opportunity to enhance human life and build successful enterprises and create jobs. At QuEST Global, my goal is to build a world class engineering company to help many high technology product companies to create world class products to enhance society we live in.”