- a student-centered program championing self-motivation
and inspiration at Western Oregon University. The program:
- encourages students
to explore what it means to be an entrepreneur.
- awakens desires for self-employment.
- exposes students to the skills needed to begin and manage their own business.
a partnership between faculty and students at Western Oregon University
and Oregon entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs share their experience and insights with
- speaking during classes and forums
- mentoring student entrepreneurs
- sponsoring student internships
- hosting a business project for student teams
- supporting scholarships and awards for entrepreneurship students
reaches WOU students across campus, in a wide variety of majors. Students enroll
in a Minor in Entrepreneurship and take courses such as:
- Accounting & Finance
- Planning & Creating New Ventures
- Small Business Management
- Entrepreneurship in Action · Creativity and Entrepreneurs
- Innovation and Strategy
These courses include many opportunities to interact with Oregon entrepreneurs,
work on projects for local businesses, and develop a business plan for the student
entrepreneur's business idea.
needs of today's young entrepreneurs, bridging the gap between their desire to
own a business and their knowledge of how to do so. Recent studies have shown:
- as much as 30% of all new business owners have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday;
- 58% of respondents aged 21-30 want to start their own business, and 6% already
- almost 70% rate their knowledge and understanding of starting and managing
a business as fair or poor.
(See The E Generation by Marilyn Kourilsky and William
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