Entrepreneurship accelerator will aid students, faculty, state

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Icorps-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to teach its faculty and students how to come up with the “Next Big Thing” and become better entrepreneurs.

The three-year Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant will support the launch of a LEAN Accelerator program – an advanced eight-week course designed to increase student and faculty participation in entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more at http://vcea.wsu.edu/icorps.

WSU has grown its entrepreneurship efforts significantly in the past five years by cultivating and training student business development teams.

“This program is a great way to fulfill WSU’s land grant mission of providing experiential learning opportunities that will lead to real economic impacts for the state, including increased commercialization of WSU research,” said Brian Kraft, director of business development for the College of Arts and Sciences.

The free program is not part of an academic course, and no prerequisite experience is required to participate. The first session will begin in the fall.

“WSU I-Corps will help our aspiring entrepreneurs better determine whether their ideas will work before they try to launch a startup business,” said Travis Woodland, the WSU I-Corps site director and director of business development in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

“Our long-term goal is to provide a pathway for hands-on entrepreneurship training at WSU accessible to all students and faculty,” said Marie Mayes, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at WSU’s Carson College of Business.

The NSF developed the I-Corps program in 2011 to help move academic research to the marketplace. The grant also designates WSU as one of 51 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.

WSU has grown its entrepreneurship efforts significantly in the past five years. The university has cultivated student teams and supported faculty entrepreneurs with training and business development help. Since 2009, WSU has launched 30 startups, including 15 companies in 2015, and they have raised almost $9 million in financing.



Travis Woodland, director of business development, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 978-733-0318, t_woodland@wsu.edu

Tina Hilding, communications coordinator, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095, thilding@wsu.edu



Next Story

Recent News

Aging societies more vulnerable to collapse

Societies and political structures, like the humans they serve, appear to become more fragile as they age, according to an analysis of hundreds of pre-modern societies.

Insider will return Monday, Nov. 27

WSU Insider is taking a break to join with the rest of the university community in celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back the morning of Nov. 27 with fresh posts and all the latest WSU information.

Charting a clear path forward for WSU Athletics

Statement from WSU President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun about today’s ruling affirming that the future of the Pac‑12 should be determined by the members who remain in the conference rather than those who are leaving.

Marshall Scholar finalist Katy Ayers explores fungi

WSU senior Katy Ayers, a bioengineering major minoring in biochemistry and mathematics, is the latest finalist for a Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.