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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute

Three-Semester Program

The three-semester program includes:

  • Entrepreneurial Courses and Activities
  • 3-Week Summer Program: Visit San Francisco, a center of innovation & product development

Courses and Activities

Academic year activities for the entrepreneurship program vary depending on what courses and events are available. The following are examples of past activities:

Technology Ventures Course

This introductory course provides students with an understanding of how ideas move toward impact on society. Students develop ideas, work in teams, and compete in the WSU Business Plan Competition.

Engineering 420

This 1-3 credit course, which may be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 6 credits, covers new or time-sensitive topics in entrepreneurship.

  • Example Engineering 420 class: “Capstone Projects in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” This 3-credit, one-semester course was taught jointly by the Carson College of Business and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Students were given academic material on starting and operating small businesses. In addition, they worked on interdisciplinary teams to prepare business plans for entrepreneurial ideas that were often their own.

Engineering Senior Design Course

Entrepreneurship students in this course are asked to use their own ideas as the basis for engineering design projects.

Business Plan Competition:

Students participate in this competition that is sponsored by the Carson College of Business and judged by external referees.

Entrepreneur interviews

Students participate in interviews with several visitors throughout the year.

Alumni Get Together in Seattle

Current and past Frank Scholars get together to network and tell stories.

Summer Program

On Campus

On the Pullman campus, students spend a week learning a variety of skills that provide them with a firm foundation in entrepreneurship. Focus areas include:

  • Visits with local Angel Investments, Startups, and IP legal firms
  • Marketing seminars
  • Business etiquette
  • Building a professional profile
  • Oral communication boot camp
  • Research companies that will be visited in the San Francisco Bay area

Field Trips

Following the initial week in Pullman, the students head to Silicon Valley where they are provided with experiences in one of the centers of the innovation and product development, including:

  • Informal interactions with entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Bank, Angel and Venture Capital Funding
  • Founder, CEO, and corporate attorney interviews
  • Company operations from the inside
  • Visits to Silicon Valley companies. Past visits have included Google, Tesla, Facebook, Bloom Reach, Plug and Play Tech Center, HP Labs, Pebble Tech, BWise Vineyards, Chocolate Garage, Coherent, Pivotal, Alta Devices, CMC Rescue, and Stanford Product Realization Lab.