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Washington State University Innovation & Entrepreneurship

PursueYour Potential

When you’re ready to launch your career or take your own idea to the next step, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is here with the resources, connections, and experience you need.

The CES provides many opportunities for you to be innovative, create a product or service, and then to launch that product or service out into the world. The Center hosts an annual Business Plan Competition, provides an accelerator, helps students access internships, and is a partner with other WSU departments in the iCorps program; all intentioned to help students gain tangible, valuable real-world experience that will enable them to launch successful careers or real companies.

We know entrepreneurship doesn’t exist in an academic vacuum, so our Center gives students diverse opportunities to pursue their potential by launching a new venture or becoming an innovator at an existing firm. Our program fully equips you to realize your entrepreneurial mindset and embrace your potential. We give you the extracurricular activities and spaces to explore what startup work means in your life. Understanding our roots as an access-based public land grant university, we also provide opportunities and resources for you to be involved in ventures that are launching, providing an opportunity to experience working in and for startups.

It is a great time to be a student entrepreneur and innovator. Our young adults are changing the world.— Andy Barrett, founding partner of Toolbox

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.

Internships

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.

iCorps

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.