The Future Face Of Entrepreneurship
WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Marie Mayes, director of the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and her colleagues are helping shape the future face of entrepreneurship. The Center’s innovative methods take students from concept to a commercially viable product using a variety of hands-on skills and learning-by-doing exercises. Mayes, herself a double-graduate of Washington State University, and clinical assistant professor teaching business-plan classes. As such, she interacts daily with students, coaching them to become entrepreneurs. WSU offers both a major and minor in entrepreneurship, within the College of Business.
“We’ve had five student businesses go on to form launches,” she says. “Students of all majors are involved (with the Center). Part of my role is to help them organize resources around their business plans.”
Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™
Mayes also oversees the annual WSU Business Plan Competition, which just wrapped up its 14th contest. Twenty-four college teams and five high school teams vied for $60,000, in what’s become a top such competition in the Northwest.
The Pullman resident, who enjoys snow skiing and tennis in her free time, is a veteran contributor and presenter for the Palouse Knowledge Corridor™ Be The Entrepreneur Bootcamp™. She was on the BTE Bootcamp™ program in 2014 and 2015, and is set to return again for this year’s camp session.
As a regular, she knows what others can expect.
“BTE Bootcamp™ benefits a wide range of participants, from those who attend with just an idea to those having already formed a company. Teams help each other, and the wide breadth of experience creates a dynamic that’s a plus.”