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GSE 2017---July 5-25 at WVU

 West Virginia University Hosts

Governor's School of Entrepreneurship

Have you watched the videos?  Aren't they exciting?  We can barely wait to see yours!  Get it in by the end of the day May 17 and we will still accept it..  Like Uncle Sam in the last centurey, "We want YOU!"

"Wow! I never knew three weeks could pass so quickly."  "With the lessons I learned at GSE, I am running my own successful business...and I'm only a junior."  "If you have the chance to do this and you don't...well, what can I say?"

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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--even those who attended in 2016.

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.

Who Is Eligible?

Students in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades who live and attend school in the state of West Virginia are eligible to attend this outstanding and exciting program, including students who attended the inaugural session at Marshall in 2016.

What Should You Expect?

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 West Virginia University campus. After checking into the dorms, you’ll say goodbye to your parents or guardians, freshen up, and then join us for the opening ceremonies.


You’ll spend most of the three-week session living in West Virginia University’s Tower complex. These dorms have double occupancy with community baths, laundry, and a common living area. One the main floor is where Cafe Evansdale is located, which is where most breakfast and dinners will be served.


Most days you’ll have lessons in the morning with team sessions in the afternoon. After that, each team of entrepreneurs will find a quiet spot to plan together. Throughout the weeks there will be exciting activities and lessons that will garner the knowledge to be successful entrepreneurs. The curriculum is focused in four different categories: hospitality and tourism, healthcare, technology, and creative economies that are important to our state.

Throughout the entire three-week Governor’s School, you will be working with other young entrepreneurs to develop, pitch, and launch a new venture. All teams will have time to develop their idea before they will pitch it to a panel of investors who have the opportunity to invest in their ideas. After a successful pitch, teams will have time to develop, test, market, and launch their ventures on the last weekend in Morgantown. 


After dinner plan to head to the WVU Student Recreation Center (Rec Center) for a few hours of friendly competition. The state-of-the-art Rec Center at West Virginia University features a large swimming pool, numerous basketball, volleyball, badminton, squash and racquetball 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 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. 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 Jim Justice or his designee for the Governor’s Awards Ceremony. (black tie optional) Then, to cap off the experience, all entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff.


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.


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 ( 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.


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