About the Program Impetus for New Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Washington and Lee University is proud to unveil its new Entrepreneurship Program. The University aims to develop a strong, nationally recognized entrepreneurship program by leveraging its exceptional students and faculty, highly supportive alumni network, and demonstrated commitment to provide the highest quality educational experience for students. The University will deliver the Entrepreneurship Program in a unique academic environment that offers both strong liberal arts and business administration programs.

There is a natural fit between Washington and Lee University's liberal arts education environment and entrepreneurship. On the one hand, a liberal arts education fosters development of analytical and problem solving skills, while enhancing a student's ability to synthesize knowledge across a wide variety of fields. In addition, liberal arts education fosters creativity, innovation and flexibility. As a result, W&L students will have the requisite creative mindset to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities that students engaged in a more traditional business school environment may overlook.

On the other hand, the Williams School provides students with the opportunity to learn the concepts, theories, and analytical models for understanding business, economic, and politics. As a result and when coupled with what they have learned from liberal arts courses, W&L students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to develop realistically fundable and executable business plans based on applied research. Thus the natural fit between entrepreneurship and W&L's unique academic environment. W&L is excited about the many new opportunities that this program will provide.