Highlighting Student Business Innovations: The Columns Creative Showcase at Washington and Lee University

Creative Pursuits and Innovative Thinking: W&L’s Connolly Center Hosts First Entrepreneurship Showcase

Washington and Lee University’s Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting its first Creative Showcase on April 4 from 5-8 p.m. The event, which takes place in the Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning in Leyburn Library, is open to all and completely free of charge.

The Creative Showcase aims to bring together academic theory and entrepreneurial practice, providing W&L students with an opportunity to showcase their ability to innovate and bring their ideas to life. Students have been working in groups to develop their own business concepts and products, which they will present at the event. This collaborative effort allows them to gain valuable real-world experience and navigate the dynamics of innovative practices.

Anushka Daunt, assistant professor of business administration, emphasizes the importance of this showcase for students, stating that it provides them with practical experience in presenting their work professionally, similar to what they would do in a business setting. “This showcase is a fantastic opportunity for our students to demonstrate their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit,” she says.

The Creative Showcase will feature a wide range of innovations, including new applications for social media usage, cutting-edge medical devices, consumable goods for daily use, and engaging board games. These projects are interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating contributions from various academic departments to showcase the diverse talents of W&L students. Attendees can expect to see a variety of creative pursuits that highlight the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of the university’s students.


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