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History of the Center for Entrepreneurship 

The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) was founded in 1977 by Wichita State University professor Fran Jabara, who decided it was time to change society's image of business people. With his own funds and university support, Jabara created the first program under the Center for Entrepreneurship, a workshop titled “Entrepreneurship: Your Future in Business.”

The Center expanded following the success of the initial workshop. In 1987, with a large donation from local entrepreneur and WSU alum Tom Devlin, a free-standing building was erected on campus to house the Center for Entrepreneurship, making WSU one of the first universities in the world to dedicate a building exclusively to entrepreneurship education. Not long after, academic programs in entrepreneurship were solidified.

The Center for Entrepreneurship serves emerging entrepreneurs from idea to commercialization of their venture.  Student engagement programs, such as the Shocker New Venture Competition inspires campus innovation and develops entrepreneurial mindsets.  In addition, the Center serves established entrepreneurs each year through community programs, such as Growing Rural Businesses and the Kansas Family Business Forum.

Through Wichita State University's W. Frank Barton School of Business, the Center offers an entrepreneurship major, as well as an entrepreneurship minor for both business and non-business majors, a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation, and an MBA entrepreneurship concentration.