Four Pierce County universities and colleges are creating a network to nurture and train a new generation of local, young entrepreneurs.

The Tacoma College Entrepreneur Network will launch at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5  with “Innovate! Create!,” a competition that will include students from University of Puget Sound; University of Washington Tacoma; Pacific Lutheran University; and The Evergreen State College. The event will take place in University of Puget Sound’s Rasmussen Rotunda in Wheelock Student Center.
The competition will provide the kick-off for an entrepreneurship collaboration thought to be unique in the country, due to the involvement of several campuses within one community. The network aims to enable Tacoma’s college students to explore an entrepreneurial career path. The collaboration also will benefit Tacoma and Pierce County by encouraging a local culture of entrepreneurship and creating a community of diverse, young innovators who can help drive long-term economic health.

Student network members from the four institutions will be able to learn from practicing business leaders, experiment with entrepreneurship, work with mentors, and participate in activities that will build their confidence in their own abilities to turn ideas into practice.
The Tacoma College Entrepreneur Network will begin as a coalition of entrepreneurship clubs that will be established in January 2012 at each institution. Both student affairs and career services will be important partners. University of Puget Sound has provided leadership thus far and will continue to convene network activity.

For more information contact Lynnette Claire, entrepreneurship professor at University of Puget Sound.