Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Entrepreneurship

    At Worcester State University, the Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to encouraging and supporting students and alumni to be entrepreneurial in the broadest sense possible—anything from starting a business with a brand-new idea, to bringing innovation to a family’s business, to being an “intrapreneur” who nurtures innovation within an existing organization.

    For students, we sponsor activities that enhance the written and oral communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, and critical-thinking skills taught in the classroom and provide opportunities to apply that learning. Our courses and extracurricular activities focus specifically on collaboration and how to work for, own, or manage small businesses.

    Alumni can benefit from our relationship with Worcester’s Idea Lab. Through a special arrangement, WSU sponsors office space in the Idea Lab for new start-ups whose founders have ties to WSU.

    The center, which is housed in the Business Administration and Economics Department, also oversees 2 contests designed to spark the entrepreneurial spirit of WSU students and made possible by generous donors: the Robert K. O’Brien Next Big Idea Contest and the DCU Innovation Contest. Both contests are outstanding opportunities to showcase WSU students’ ideas and work.

  • Next Big Idea Contest
    The Next Big Idea Contest offers aspiring entrepreneurial students the opportunity to present their ideas for a new business to a group of experienced professionals and the chance to earn cash prizes to start or grow that business. If you are a WSU student with a dream to make a difference in the world, you can participate in this contest by preparing a formal proposal defining the “Next Big Idea” for a business, service, or product.
    Learn More
    DCU Innovation Contest

    DCU, a credit union with branches throughout Central Massachusetts, wants to hear your cutting-edge banking and financial innovations that could drive future success in the financial services industry. Ideas may be for-profit or social entrepreneurship (not-for-profit).

    To enter, submit a 2-page summary describing your idea and how it can help the banking industry. Teams of 2 to 5 people must register by Friday, March 10, and send in their complete submission by Friday, March 17. Finalists will be announced by Monday, March 27. Finalists must attend workshops on the evening of Tuesday, April 4, and must present their ideas on Thursday, April 13.

    • $100 for each member of a finalist team
    • $500 for each member of the winning team

    Learn More