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Washington State University Innovation & Entrepreneurship

ExploreYour Passion

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is here to help you explore your passion!

The CES offers “entre-curious” students the chance to engage with the University’s ecosystem and explore what entrepreneurship is, learn how to get involved, and find the passion that inspires and drives them. Our speaker and community events, the Terry Sparks Program, and our faculty ambassadors will all introduce you to entrepreneurship at WSU.

Commons Student Collaboration Space

A Place to Start

The Commons Student Collaboration Space, located in the heart of campus on the first floor of the Commons Building, provides a central starting point for your entrepreneurial journey. It is the physical home for CES staff, resources, and programming.

In this space, students meet innovative leaders and experienced entrepreneurs and engage with interdisciplinary faculty and like-minded peers. Working in the Commons fosters creative discussions, seeds collaborative interactions, and encourages interdisciplinary thinking among innovators, ideators, creators, and entrepreneurs. Click here for a map to the Commons Collaboration Center.

Events and Speakers

WSU offers many events throughout the academic year including networking, community engagement, and speaker events that are designed to help students explore their passion as they engage with fellow students, faculty, and local business professionals and industry experts.

Join an event to learn how your fellow Cougs, and other innovative community and business leaders, are pursuing their passions while helping others, creating opportunities, and making a positive impact on the world.

Check out the calendar of events for CES and other Pullman and state-wide ecosystem events.

The CES provided me with a starting point that allowed me to explore resources that I didn’t know existed. From there, I enrolled in my first entrepreneurship studies class, which enabled me to connect with like-minded individuals. The journey of entrepreneurship can be a lonely road, and it’s so much better when you have a support group.— Brek Goin, Hammr co-founder & WSU alumnus (Carson College of Business, Finance, Entrepreneurship, & International Business – 2016)

The Terry Sparks Program

This scholarship program helps students start their entrepreneurial journey at WSU! Intended for freshmen and sophomores of all majors with an interest in entrepreneurship, this program offers professional development programming and introduces young student entrepreneurs to campus resources and a community of support. In addition, students with their own business or non-profit idea can apply for the opportunity to receive dedicated mentorship and seed funding so they can test out that idea and see where it goes! Applications open April 1.

Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors

Entrepreneurship isn’t just for students. The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and mindset permeates throughout the WSU culture, and that includes faculty. The Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors program (EFA) helps WSU explore their passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. It is a tool that assists in WSU’s effort to translate faculty research into products, services, and processes that benefit society and support the economy. EFA is a peer-to-peer mentoring network that is designed to generate transdisciplinary innovation and support WSU faculty who are interested in their research projects making a positive societal and economic impact. Interested faculty and other supporters can learn more about EFA here.