The UMW Center for Economic Development offers a student entrepreneur education program, StartUpUMW, that teaches students how to start and run a business. Through this semester-long program designed to engage and inspire, you will learn by doing from successful business owners and local professionals.

What will you gain?

  • The opportunity to learn from and network with experienced, successful entrepreneurs and professionals
  • A greater understanding of what it means to be entrepreneurial
  • Access to research databases, business consultants and office space to grow your business idea
  • Tools to write your own business plan
  • Feedback and guidance from the UMW Center for Economic Development’s team
  • Fulfillment of the Experiential Learning credit or Internship Experience (*must have at least 12 UMW credits for Academic Internship)

What are the program requirements?

  • You do not need to have business experience
  • If you do not have a business idea, you will develop one during the program
  • Must be able to attend all seminars
  • Must be a current UMW or Germanna student
  • All majors are eligible
  • Must submit a summary of your experience and offer a testimonial at the end of the semester

What is the program schedule?

We will meet once a week throughout the semester. Outside of the live sessions, there will be one additional asynchronous self-paced lesson per week. Day and time of synchronous meeting will be determined after reviewing all applicant schedules.

How do I apply?

Accepting applications for Fall 2024 Now. To apply, you must be a current UMW or Germanna student. Please fill out the online application.



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