Western Carolina University

The Western Carolina University College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to serve as a catalyst for the creation of successful entrepreneurial ventures. The center provides educational support for aspiring and current entrepreneurs, and fosters cross campus and inter-institutional collaboration on the inclusion of entrepreneurship theory and practice for all disciplines. Faculty and staff of the center provide expertise to other organizations that work for economic development.

Through its distance and residential undergraduate and master’s level programs in entrepreneurship, WCU’s center offers practical hands-on education and service-learning activities facilitated by a faculty of experienced entrepreneurs. The center endeavors to provide students with the skills necessary to think creatively, to successfully launch their own businesses, or to work with an employer in launching and growing an entrepreneurial venture.

WCU is offering in fall 2012 a new freshman seminar course with a focus in social entrepreneurship through the First Year Experience program.

Students in the course will develop skills in creativity and problem-solving to come up with a business idea that is focused not only on financial sustainability for the enterprise, but that also helps address an important social need, said Dr. Robert Lahm, associate professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at WCU.

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