Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Students build an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and relationships that are invaluable to developing innovative and impactful solutions to today's problems.


To earn credit for Entrpreneurship and Innovation, you must:

A) Serve one year as a WSU University Innovation Fellow


B) Successfully compete in an approved entrepreneurial competition, such as:

Have ideas for additional opportunities in this new Engineering+ criterion? Talk to your academic advisor or department chair to seek pre-approval for entrpreneurial or innovation opportunities not listed above.

The Koch Innovation Challenge

The Koch Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Koch Industries, is an annual competition that will support the WSU College of Engineering in fostering a culture of creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and teamwork among students. Cross-disciplinary teams of new freshmen students studying engineering, art and design, business, and other disciplines will compete for funding and scholarships to invent products and technologies via a freshman introductory course. The grand champions of the competition will compete nationally at a collegiate entrepreneurs' conference. The goal is to immediately begin preparing students the moment they join WSU to become real world-ready graduates with an entrepreneurial mindset. The Koch Innovation Challenge is conducted through the ENGR 102B Entrepreneurship & Innovation Applied Project course (requires completion of FYET 102A) and ENGR 205 Applied Innovation and Design.  Visit the Koch Innovation Challenge website for more information.

Shocker Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

The program, administered by WSU Ventures, is an initiative of the National Science Foundation to nurture and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace in anticipation of profit. Ideas/projects can originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded) and institutional/industrial projects.  The topical focus of a project must be in a STEM area. Learn more about Shocker I-Corps here.