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WMU program fast-tracks student ideas to business launch

Starting Gate business  accelerator is open to all WMU sophomore and older undergraduate and all graduate students through a competitive application process where students must demonstrate a promising idea for a product or service, which can be launched within a short period of time

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Student entrepreneurs clinch e-Fest prize

Western Michigan University industrial and entrepreneurial engineering student Tyler Skibicki and mechanical engineering student Noah Schultz earned a $3,000 prize from the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge e-Fest competition in March.

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Meet The 30

The Haworth College of Business is proud to present its 2021 edition of The 30, a publication that recognizes emerging business leaders who are providing thought leadership and innovative perspectives in the business world.

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Designing an entrepreneurial journey

Self-discovery has been a big part of Rose Soma's WMU journey. “Pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship was one of the best choices I made coming to Western. But more important than the classes we register for is the content each class provides and what each student chooses to do in the class," she says. "If I can give any advice to another student, it would be this: if you love your work, don’t let anything get in the way of it.”

Read how Soma is using her WMU education to run an authentic brand, Rose Soma LCC, which offers designs available through Etsy, online and in retail stores, including

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Alumni publish new book

Alexis Lenderman Black and Justin Black, both graduates of WMU, have published a new book titled, "Redefining Normal: How Two Foster Kids Beat the Odds and Discovered Healing, Happiness and Love." The pair are founders of The Scholarship Expert, a resource dedicated to helping college students graduate debt free. 

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Seeds of inspiration

For as long as she can remember, Megan Gesler has loved hearing the stories of entrepreneurs. Now, this Bronco has not one but two businesses that she is operating as she goes into her senior year.

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2020 Business Magazine

During a year where adaptability and innovation have been more important than ever, the Haworth College of Business is proud to share how our students, alumni and faculty address business issues in creative and meaningful ways. The 2020 edition of Business magazine is now exclusively online.