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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 students who are curious about innovation and entrepreneurship 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 Boeing e-Connections scholarship, and the Terry Sparks Program will all introduce you to entrepreneurship at WSU. No matter where you are on your path, the Center has resources to help you take your next step.

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.

Here, 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.

Events and Speakers

WSU offers many events throughout the academic year including speaker, networking, and community engagement 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.

It was great to meet speakers who came from WSU because they could really relate to us as students. I loved hearing their stories and thought it was great that they all had different backgrounds – they didn’t all study the same thing, and they all found ways to be successful.— Veronica Miranda, Carson College of Business, International Business and Entrepreneurship – WSU 2020

Boeing E-Connection Program

Boeing e-Connections is a program to get you started in your entrepreneurial journey. Designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores, this program is an introduction to entrepreneurship programming and provides young student entrepreneurs with a community of support and resources. Applications open April 1.

Terry Sparks Program

The Terry Sparks Program is the Center’s introduction to entrepreneurship program. Designed for freshmen and sophomore students, the Sparks Program offers students the opportunity to start their own small business, with the support of a team of mentors and a little money to get their project off the ground. Whether you want to teach a skill, sell a product, or solve a problem, you can take your idea for a test drive and find out 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.