The Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship at ECU grows entrepreneurs. The Center for Entrepreneurship provides the best practices in the United States and Europe with small classes and personal attention giving students and community members the opportunity to determine their own future.

The Entrepreneurship Concentration at ECU is an undergraduate entrepreneurship concentration designed to create entrepreneurs. Our content is derived from the best practices in entrepreneurship from the United States and Europe. The Concentration is divided into three interrelated components:

  1. Course Work
  2. Business Plan Development
  3. "Aftercare"

Course Work
Each of the six courses in the curriculum is specifically designed to fulfill the mission of the Center by delivering a portion of the total set of tools the student will need to successfully start and grow a new business. The six courses include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • High-Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Marketing for the Entrepreneur
  • Managing the Growing Business
  • Entrepreneurial Internship

Business Plan Development
The curriculum provides the entrepreneurship student with the tools to create a business plan in the capstone course, "Managing the Growing Business." These business plans are entered into the annual Center sponsored business plan competition. The winner of which will receive assistance from the Center and its personnel in seeking start-up capital and resources.

Experience tells us that if the first-time entrepreneur is mentored by an experienced entrepreneur, the new entrepreneur is more likely to be successful. This is what we do. The Center has formed an Angel Network that complements the business plan competition by mentoring the winners. The Angel Network, which is comprised of successful entrepreneurs, is a significant resource for the entrepreneurship student.