The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was established through a generous gift from alumni Mark Wilson and his wife Shelly Wilson. Mr. Mark Wilson serves as Chairman of the Wilberforce University Board of Trustees and is the CEO/Founder of Chime Solutions, Inc. The Wilsons have given their time and talent to Wilberforce University and are the examples we seek for our students. The Wilson’s generosity has positioned The Center as a place where ideas of entrepreneurship and innovation become reality.

About the Center

The Center’s Mission: The mission of The Center is to generate change through entrepreneurship and innovation.

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 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 is charged with identifying opportunities to engage our communities in solution making through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Executive Director – Ms. Cynthia W. Roseberry

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
Ms. NaAsiasha Simon, Director of Public Relations

Wilberforce University is using a collaborative leadership model to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the work of The Center. The Team leads the efforts by strategizing, planning, and implementing together. We believe this model will allow for the strongest outcomes and deliverables for The Center. 

 Contact Information: thecenter@wilberforce.edu

2017-18 Emerging Entrepreneurs

Carvell Garrett
Major: Social Work
Sophomore

Shawn Smith
Major: Business
Freshman

Romello Morris
Major: Mass Communications
Junior

Past Events and Opportunites:

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 event.

Past Emerging Entrepreneur’s Road Trip Selection Process:

The selection process for the 2017-18 Emerging Entrepreneur’s Program and Road Trip is closed, please check back in October 2018 for more about the 2018-19 application process. For more information email thecenter@wilberforce.edu or review the 2017 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 what business you’re trying to create, Good ideas of the potential, as well as the issues of the intended business, and your contact information.

Step II: Meet with one of the following IDEA Coaches-
Dr. Marvin Reid (mreid@wilberforce.edu)
Rev. Gerald Poe (gpoe2@wilberforce.edu)
Dr. Charles Fox (cfox@wilberforce.edu)
Dr. Anu Venkateswaran (avenkateswaran@wilberforce.edu) LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Step III: Submit Executive Summary to thecenter@wilberforce.edu by Nov. 22, 2017

Step IV: Interview with the Selection Committee (may do so 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 own original work and ideas. You must also be currently enrolled at Wilberforce University (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester) to participate. Must be an enrolled student who is a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior.

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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

Community Discussion
7PM, Aerobics Room
(Re-)Considering HBCUs as Solution Makers

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