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GSE Moves to WVU

Great News!  GSE is hosted in 2017-2108 by West Virginia University. 

Come back after March 6 to learn all about it!.


GSE Packing List 2016  

Student and Parent Handbook 

Student Forms to Be Completed and Mailed   

West Virginia University Hosts "Learn to Run a Successful Business" Experience

Governor Jim Justice and the Secretary of Education and the Arts are highly enthusiastic about our joint venture with West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics as we usher in the second session of the West Virginia Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship.   

This initiative exemplifies our strategy to create small businesses that will energize the economy of West Virginia, and we are attempting to foster that growth through fashioning an atmosphere of imagination, innovation, and creativity for our young potential entrepreneurs.   Entrepreneurship among young people is not a new thing. Our country has a history of capitalizing on the fresh, new ideas of people who are willing to take a chance.

The West Virginia Governor's School of Entrepreneurship is a three-week, intense experience open to high school students currently in 9th through 11th grades. The young innovators will learn about business models, design thinking, and scaling new startup ventures. There will be team competitions, a pitch competition, and the opportunity to actually launch a new business venture. In fact, every young innovator will be an entrepreneur by the end of the three weeks.


High School students in West Virginia who are accepted into the program will receive a full-ride scholarship (room, board, and tuition) and receive first priority for admissions.  The three-week Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship is for high school students from all parts of West Virginia. If selected, you’ll join a select group of aspiring entrepreneurs for three weeks to learn about how to develop successful new businesses. On the first day, plan to arrive early. All participants and their parents will register and go through a brief orientation and tour of the Marshall University campus. After checking in to the dorms, you’ll say goodbye to your parents or guardians, freshen up, and then join us for the Director’s evening reception. 

You’ll spend most of the three-week session living in Marshall University’s Commons Dorm complex. These dorms have four-bedroom, two-bath suites with a common living area that comfortably houses up to eight students per suite. Just a few steps from the Commons, you’ll find the Harless Dining Hall. Almost every meal will be served here – with a wide assortment of choices at a number of stations including vegan selections.  



Most days you’ll have workshop sessions in the morning with interactive sessions taught by experts in their fields. After that, each team of four to six entrepreneurs will find a quiet spot to plan together. After lunch, we’ll welcome a number of successful entrepreneurs to share their stories and lessons learned from challenges they have faced. Each afternoon, teams can head downtown for access to Huntington Kitchen, the School of Art and Design, and the Robert C. Byrd institute where students have access to 3D printers, machines, and equipment that can bring ideas to life. 


 Throughout the entire three-week Governor’s School, you will be working with five other young entrepreneurs to develop, pitch, and actually launch a new venture. All teams will have one week to develop their idea before they will pitch it to a panel of five investors who have the opportunity to invest in their ideas. After a successful pitch, teams have two more weeks to use the investment to develop, test, market, and launch their ventures in retail spaces during the a two-day weekend festival in downtown Huntington. 


 After dinner plan to head to the REC (Marshall University Activities Center) for a few hours of friendly competition. The state-of-the-art REC at Marshall University features large pool, racquetball courts, multiple basketball courts, weight training facilities, an indoor rock climbing wall, spinning classes, yoga, aerobics, a large assortment of cardiovascular equipment, and an elevated indoor running track.  


Entrepreneurs should plan on at least one over-night field trip where we’ll meet highly successful entrepreneurs, hear their stories, and see their businesses first hand. You’ll also spend one day on an outdoor adventure. One weekend, the entire group will head to Heritage Farms for a bonfire and a country hoedown – so get ready to get your boot-scootin’ boogie on. The final day of the Governor’s School, you’ll have a chance to recount everything you’ve learned, meet with your investors to give them a report, and then join Governor Earl Ray Tomblin or his designee for the Governor’s Awards Ceremony. (black tie optional) Then, to cap off the experience, all entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff will attend an all-night lock-in neon bash in the Memorial Student Center. 


In addition to the experience students attending the GSE will gain, there is also the opportunity to earn six hours of college credit. six hours will consist of two 3-hour elective courses (ENT 280 and ENT 281). Marshall is providing this credit for absolutely no cost.  In order to obtain these hours, students must earn a 70% of higher on digital badge online exams during the Governor’s School session. A grade will be entered on the transcript based on exam results. More details about applying for these credit hours will be provided to all accepted students of the West Virginia Governor’s School. If you have specific questions about the summer admissions process, please call us at (304) 696-7084.
 Application Requirements

 In addition to the application requirements for the West Virginia Governor’s School, students wishing to earn the available six (6) credit hours of college credit will need to submit the following information once accepted into the program: 

  • Short form of Marshall University Admissions Application
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official High School Transcripts/Immunization Records including measles and rubella (MMR)


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