July 5-25 West Virginia University
In order to be considered for admission, students must be residents of the State of West Virginia who are currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades in a public, private, or home school high school located in the state of West Virginia. There is no GPA requirement; however, all students must be recommended by a teacher and a school principal or assistant principal. All application materials must be postmarked by April 15, 2017.
What Makes a Good Candidate
Students applying to the GSE must have an innovative idea for a product or service or have skills or talents and an interest in entrepreneurship that will make you a valuable addition to a business team. It is possible that you may be invited to attend because the judges see your potential but your business would not be chosen. In such a scenario, you would be assigned to work on someone else's idea as part of a tem.
If you have an existing company, you may not apply with that company or its product. You may, however, apply with a new and different idea.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a number of criteria, including the merit of the proposed business idea in one of the four categories and student skill set. Building a company (even a virtual one) is hard work and we will select participants who show us they will apply themselves wholeheartedly to the experience. The decisions are a bit subjective so show us your passion and creativity! The best applications will be sincere expressions of who you are and why you want to attend.
Applications will be scored by a committee. The Governor's School of Entrepreneurship is looking for a balance of individuals with team-work skills and abilities that can effectively help the teams create a business during the three week period. An effort will be made to select students from all areas of the state.
If you are currently in 9th or 10th grade and do not make it into the first year of the program, we encourage you to reapply next summer - many successful entrepreneurs have failed the first time. Resilience and persistence are essential qualities.
Students participating in the West Virginia Governor's School of Entrepreneurship will be eligible to earn up to three credit hours of university credit in the area of entrepreneurship. In order to receive college credit, students must complete the two-step process application (k12.wvu.edu/access/apply) by April 28, 2017. This will be an online application and then a form signed by the student’s guidance counselor confirming their GPA. If you intend to enroll as a freshman at an institution other than West Virginia University upon graduation from high school, please contact that institution directly to obtain information regarding the transferability of courses and how any college course(s) taken while in high school might impact your enrollment status. Based on appropriate student participation in the Governor's School of Entrepreneurship, three credit hours will be formally entered into the records of West Virginia University. Official transcripts and additional information will be required in order to obtain the credit hours.
Participation and Consent
Students admitted to the program cannot be absent from the Governor's School for any reason except emergency, illness, or an overriding personal reason. Students are expected to abide by the code of conduct provided to each accepted candidate on or before July 5, 2017. Parents are invited to attend the parent orientation on July 5, but will not be permitted to visit the students during the three-week program. Parents who violate this rule (unless receiving prior authorization or during an emergency) will subject the student to immediate termination from the program. By signing this form, both student and parent (or guardian) agree to these terms by West Virginia University and the West Virginia Governor's Schools.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Governor's School of Entrepreneurship admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students while participating in the program. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, physical capabilities, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nation and ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admission policies.
Application materials must include (1) completed application form, (2) original, signed letter of recommendation from the student’s high school principal or counselor, (3) a link to a 60-second original video pitch uploaded to the WVGSE YouTube channel for public display. The links at the bottom of this page will take you to the applications.
60-Second Video Pitch
During the 2017 Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship, students will be asked to develop exciting new business ideas in one of the four different categories. The 60-second video pitch is to explain why the student's idea is key to West Virginia’s business success.
Part I (There are currently some technical issues with this form, but do not despair. It takes only five minutes to complete)
Part II--paper application and directions
Part III--YouTube Video