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Washington State University Entrepreneurship

Signature Programs

When you are ready to get started on your entrepreneurial path, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies provides many programs and events that will help you create a product or service, and then to launch that product or service into the world.

WSU Business Plan Competition

If you’re a student entrepreneur or aspiring business owner, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies presents the WSU Business Plan Competition – an unparalleled opportunity to practice entrepreneurship in a real-world setting and receive guidance as you launch a new venture, plus a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money! Learn more here.

Jones Milestone Accelerator

You have your team. Your beta test was a success. You know your market. You are ready for the next step. The Jones Milestone Accelerator is it. This six-month accelerator program that helps student-led ventures set a path to success. Accepted teams will be coached by a personalized team of entrepreneurial mentors, receive stipends to support their work, connect with WSU’s extensive network of corporate and community partners, gain access to legal credit through Lee & Hayes, and have access to a coworking space on in The Den on WSU’s campus. Upon completion of the program, teams who have met their milestones will also receive up to $20,000 in grant funding to get their ventures to the next growth stage.

I’ve always believed that a strong economy comes from the universities in that region. WSU’s Business Plan Competition embodies my belief by encouraging, facilitating, and accelerating the startup environment. The university is working so hard today to help students bring research, innovation and ideas to the market place.— Chris Wood, founder of Dryland SA and TenX Strategies

The Sparks Program

Intended for freshmen and sophomores of all majors with an interest in entrepreneurship, this program offers programming focused on professional development and also 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!


The WSU Entrepreneurship Skills and Knowledge Accelerator (WESKA) is a fully hosted, week-long consortium of WSU graduate students exploring the concepts of entrepreneurship.

Innovation Pathway

Through the program, you will be connected with a peer advisor, your Trail Guide, who will help you prepare for your entrepreneurial journey; ensuring you access resources and participate in programs and events that will help you realize your entrepreneurial dreams, both in college and beyond. With an expected program launch in the Fall Semester of 2020, the Innovation Pathway is accepting inquiries from students interested in learning more and participating in the program.