WSU Business Plan Competition
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies hosts the WSU Business Plan Competition (BPC) every year where teams from throughout the university system participate. Students from every college and program of study are welcome to submit their own business plan or join a team; cross-collaboration is a primary goal. Students interact with industry mentors, faculty advisors, upper/underclassmen, and panels of judges from companies across Washington State throughout the competition providing a rich environment for networking, resource sharing and expanding their ability to speak to and work with diverse audiences. Students often speak of the BPC as the highlight of their educational experience at WSU. Registration opens February 1 and close March 8.
Jones Milestone Accelerator
The Jones Milestone Accelerator Program is a new program, launched in spring 2018, at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The Jones Milestone Accelerator is a six-month program for students with an innovative or entrepreneurial idea that they want to turn into a reality. Teams in this program will be provided with mentorship, dedicated work space, resources, and more to be successful. The Jones Milestone Accelerator does not take any equity from participating companies. This is the perfect program for students who are serious about starting their company and willing to devote the time and energy necessary to get the startup launched. Applications open February 1 and close April 15.
We know that completing an internship is one of the most critically important things you can do as an undergraduate student to prepare for a successful career future. Entrepreneurial internships, specifically, are a great way to experience working for a new company, learn about startup culture, and determine if supporting a growing business is where you’d like to be after graduation. Internships also provide invaluable work experience to help you launch your own company or start being “intrapreneurial” within an established organization once you graduate.
No matter your path, completing your internship will make you more marketable and more successful as you pursue your potential after graduation. More information can be found on the WSU Internship site.
Managed by the Innovation Research Engagement Office (IREO), WSU’s iCorps Program is an 8-week program where faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and staff with innovative and entrepreneurial ideas are given the training, resources and support they need to turn those ideas into successful business products. Supported by the National Science Foundation, teams receive $2,500 in funding, meet with industry experts, conduct customer research, and receive feedback from the teaching team all with the specific intent of evolving their idea into a viable business at the end of 8 weeks. WSU’s iCorps program is available at all WSU locations and applications from all colleges and programs of study are encouraged.