Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

By Executive Director, Dan Cohen (Note: This is a blog, and not an academic paper. If this topic interests you, please read Cognitive mechanisms in entrepreneurship: Why and when entrepreneurs think differently than other people, by Robert A. Baron. This post draws heavily on that paper, particularly the downsides of entrepreneurial mindset section) Entrepreneurship is a hot topic and stories …

“Be a horse, not a unicorn.”

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

Although this might seem like strange advice to give a young entrepreneur only months into his journey of building a business, this is the essence of the feedback I received from Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Professor Greg Pool. With hair beginning to sprout my bald head and a new bill of health after a year …

5 Tips on How to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed as an Entrepreneur

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

  Written by Susan Barrett, Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Entrepreneurship There are certain times when we all face stress and pressure in our lives. Sometimes it’s a regular daily hassle, such as having the alarm go off for an early class when you feel like you’ve just fallen asleep. But other times the pressures of life, school, and …

Mobile Apps and Entrepreneurship – A View from The Trenches

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

Written by Paúl Pauca, Ph.D, Faculty Director Back in 2010, three students and I decided to publish an app in Apple’s Appstore that turned the recently released iPad into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device for people with speech and communication disabilities. The app was called Verbal Victor and was developed around the needs of my then 5-year old son, in …

8 Creative Ways Startups Can Use Instagram

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

As a student entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Not only are you juggling classes and extra-curricular activities, but you’re also working hard to launch your startup. One of the key components in launching a startup includes creating a social media presence that attracts and engages your target audience. But the reality is, building an effective social media …

The Blueprint for Making an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

I was excited to be named Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship on July 1, 2017. Prior to Wake Forest, I was at Cornell University for eight years. While at Cornell, I taught entrepreneurship and business strategy at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels.  I was also the founding director of eLab—Cornell’s startup accelerator program hailed by Forbes Magazine as …

Entrepreneurship is Contagious

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

The question I get asked most as a 25-year-old entrepreneur: “How do you know how to do all of this?” My response, always with a laugh: “I don’t!!” There’s something exciting and liberating about this truth. I take risks because I don’t know any better. I think unconventionally because nobody has taught me the rules. I pivot when necessary because …

Sharks are dangerous, especially on TV!

In Blog by Jennifer Bennett

Why Shark Tank Skews Reality for Nascent Entrepreneurs Written by Dr. Dan Cohen, Executive Director, The Center for Entrepreneurship First, reality doesn’t matter as much as the perception of reality. If you are like most people, your exposure to entrepreneurship and investors may be limited to watching Shark Tank on TV. While entertaining, the show can have some negative impact …

Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship—the tie that binds in the Entrepreneurship Minor at Wake Forest University

In Blog by Paul Pauca

A paradigm shift has occurred in the discipline of entrepreneurship that has replaced the “build it and they will come” mentality that preceded the current approach known as evidence-based entrepreneurship (also known as lean startup or lean launch pad). The outmoded approach looked something like this: create a novel idea, sell the vision to venture capitalists (or angel investors or …