The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was established through a generous gift from alumni Mark Wilson and his wife Shelly Wilson. Mr. Wilson serves as Chairman of the Wilberforce University Board of Trustees and is the CEO/Founder of Chime Solutions, Inc. The Wilson give their time and talent to Wilberforce University and are models for our students. The Wilson’s generosity has positioned The Center as a place where entrepreneurship and innovation become reality.
The mission of The Center is to generate change through entrepreneurship and innovation.
The Center’s Structure
The Center is led by the Collaborative Leadership Model. Faculty and Staff oversee the efforts of The Center, while the day to day operations are led by an Executive Director. The Collaborative Leadership Model identifies opportunities to engage our communities in solution making through entrepreneurship and innovation.
Project Director – Ms. NaAsiaha C. Simon
Collaborative Leadership Model
Dr. Micheal Robinson, Assistant Provost
Dr. Micheal Simmons, Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Dr. Anu Venkateswaran, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Charles Fox, Director of Telecommunications and Assistant Professor of Mass Communications
Wilberforce University uses a collaborative leadership model that provides an interdisciplinary approach to the work of The Center. The Team strategizes, plans, and implements together. We believe this model provides the strongest outcomes and deliverables for The Center.
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The vision for the Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation focuses on entrepreneurship in our students. We embrace transformative practices that inform, empower, and impact our communities. Participants in The Center emerge as entrepreneurial change agents, shaping a future that is self-reliant, collaborative, and forward-thinking.
The Center’s Strategy
The Center’s foundational strategy consists of engagement, experiential learning, and research. The Center seeks:
- to increase entrepreneurship in the communities our students represent
- to facilitate change through experiential learning opportunities
- to serve as a research hub that produces accessible resources for our communities
- to develop innovative strategies to generate new ideas and practices
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
The University strategy is to engage students in the entrepreneurial mindset. The following skills characterizes this mindset:
- critical thinking
Past Events and Opportunities
February 27-28, 2018: Emerging Entreprenuers Learning Series – Social Media Marketing and Branding.
January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Students engage the community through service! Sign up to interact with a community organization. Transportation will be provided, lunch served following the event.
Past Emerging Entrepreneur’s Selection Process
The selection process for the 2018-19 Emerging Entrepreneur’s Program and Road Trip is closed. Please check back in April 2019 for more about the 2019-20 application process. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or review the 2018 selection process below.
Step I: Prepare an Executive Summary (your two-paged, double spaced, typed-12pt font) that communicates the following:
- Overview of your business idea
- Product or services offered
- Customers or prospective customers
- Sales & marketing strategy
- Clear vision of the business you’re trying to create
- The potential and issues of the intended business
- Your contact information.
Step II: Meet with one of the following IDEA Coaches:
- Dr. Marvin Reid (email@example.com)
- Rev. Gerald Poe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dr. Charles Fox (email@example.com)
- Dr. Anu Venkateswaran (firstname.lastname@example.org) LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Step III: Submit Executive Summary to email@example.com
Step IV: Interview with the Selection Committee (in-person or via technology)
Step V: If selected, prepare to travel to Atlanta, GA to embark on the Wilberforce University Emerging Entrepreneur’s Road Trip!
Please note: A business plan is not required to enter. You will have an opportunity to develop a business plan during the competition. The business submissions must be your original work and ideas.
To participate, you must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior currently enrolled at Wilberforce University.
WU Underground Student Run Dining Enterprise Summer Internship
Minority Business Enterprise Day
Emerging Entrepreneur Road Trip 2018
November 8, 2017
Gathering of the Mind Think Tank
9-5PM, Think Tank, Aerobics Room
Re-Imagining the Educational Reality
Ribbon Cutting of The Dr. Mark and Shelly Wilson Center For Entrepreneurship, Social Good, and Transformational Leadership
12NOON, Wolfe Administration Building Ground Floor
7PM, Aerobics Room
(Re-)Considering HBCUs as Solution Makers
2018-19 Emerging Entrepreneurs
Jalen Martin Wilkerson
Emerging Entrepreneur Resources and Opportunities: