The UMW Center for Economic Development offers a student entrepreneur education program, StartUpUMW, that teaches you essential skills and effective strategies for starting and running a business. Through this semester-long program designed to engage and inspire, you will learn by doing from successful business owners and local professionals.

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What will you gain?

  • A valuable set of skills and knowledge customized to fit your career goals
  • The opportunity to learn from 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 which can be used to seek funding for a business venture
  • Feedback and guidance from the UMW Center for Economic Development’s team
  • An opportunity to win academic scholarship money
  • Fulfillment of the Experiential Learning credit or Internship Experience or Independent Study

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 UMW sophomore, junior or senior
  • All majors are eligible
  • Must have at least a 2.0 GPA
  • 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. Day and time will be determined after reviewing all applicant schedules.

How do I apply?

The deadline to apply for Spring 2019 is Friday, January 18, 2019. To apply, you must be a current UMW student. Please fill out the online application.

We are no longer accepting applications to the StartupUMW program for the remainder of the year.

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