The Westminster Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) is located in the School of Business and offers Westminster students the opportunity to be exposed to concept creation, innovation of ideas and business ownership strategies. These activities are nurtured through practiced entrepreneurial exposures, state-of-the-art facilities, leadership collaboration, dynamic entrepreneurial engagements, competitions and events designed to offer students an unparalleled exposure to real world practical experiences.
The WEC provides an informal meeting space for students, entrepreneurs, and advisers (in varied spaces) where groups can conduct conference calls on the wide screen smart TV, brainstorm in the Idea Center or meet in the Proto-Type Lab to use one of the 3-D printers.
Highlights of success include:
The WEC offers Personalized innovation programs augment students’ personal and professional development whether they decide to establish a startup organization, join a Fortune 500 company, participate in social enterprises, or continue through academia.
Through offering idea acceleration, corporate incubation, mentoring, networking, competitions, and events, students can customize a program to advance their innovation efforts.
The WEC has a dedicated Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR’s) and other business leaders to provide individual coaching and mentorship through workshops and advisory services to assist with market research, business planning, models and presentations to understand market potential of business ideas.
Student members are introduced, connected and develop on-on-one relationships with industry leaders to learn from their industry experiences. These relationships offer students a road map to success as well as a way to network with small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
The WEC is in the rare position to have engaged executives & leaders from over 65 organizations who are willing to develop personalized student to mentor relationships.
WEC External business outreach program offers each student to be part a of a consulting project team and work with an external company/opportunity in which the students will have an impactful influence over corporate decisions and due diligence reporting.
The WEC offers year long consulting programs allowing developing organizations to engage with students on a regular basis. The value of the program is witnessed by the increasing number of applications received by the WEC by developing organization’s desire to join this program. This program operates on opportunities both domestically and internationally.
This unique program is open to CEOs, small developing businesses, family businesses and developing new ventures who have an established entity that needs experienced guidance. Applicants for the program are carefully vetted to ensure both parties have an exceptional experience.
The recent outreach projects have involved:
One of the fastest growing sections of Entrepreneurism is Socio- Entrepreneurship/non-for-profit sustainable entrepreneurship activities. At WEC, there is a partnership with Enactus- a community of students, faculty, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress. https://enactus.org/
As a growing entrepreneurial center, WEC has been recognized nationally and is currently a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO). https://www.c-e-o.org/