Entrepreneurship Institute


From innovation and execution, experience the start-up world first hand.

Gain a 360 degree perspective on the start-up world while planning and launching your own business.  Meet and engage with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Tour start-up companies at different stages of development.  Learn key principles of innovation, identifying market opportunity, and financing new ventures. Put it all into practice by planning, pitching, and launching a start-up by the end of the week.

At a Glance

Dates: June 9-14, 2019 and June 16-21, 2019

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $1,550 (Non-Residential), $2,350 (Residential)

Location: Charlotte, NC – Wake Forest University Charlotte Center

Residential or Non Residential: Non-Residential and Residential Options Available

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Entrepreneurship Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Business Ideation
  • Design Thinking
  • Market Research
  • Pitching Your Idea
  • Raising Capital
  • Product Launch

Hands-On Experience:

  • Visit start-ups and meet the founders
  • Hear from venture capitalists
  • Tour business accelerators and incubators
  • Create your own start-up
  • Develop a business plan
  • Participate in a hands-on start-up competition

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Entrepreneurship Institute Costs:

Charlotte Campus (Non-Residential Program) | $1,550

Charlotte Campus (Residential Program) | $2,350

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and program introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:00 am – Innovation presentation
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Tour local start-up company
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Workshop: Introduction to finance
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm – Marketing and market research for your business
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm – Outline entrepreneurship group project and group project workshop
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm – Debrief for next day
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm – Residential students travel to residence hall
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

*This “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

hal Hal Eason

Academic Leader, Entrepreneurship Institute

A seasoned business leader, entrepreneur, dealmaker and investor, Eason’s career has included private equity consulting at Bain & Company; building a residential real estate investment firm; founding and leading a biotechnology company with a world renowned scientist; serving as CFO of a software company through $25M in capital raises; turning around a financially distressed light manufacturing company; and delivering strategic leadership development programs around the globe for a host of Fortune 100 companies.

As a consultant in the Private Equity Group of Bain & Company, he advised some of the nation’s most prominent private equity firms. Eason’s work included portfolio company growth and turn-around strategy formation and market due diligence for private equity acquisitions. Transactions ranged from VC stage to LBO stage companies.

Eason has negotiated numerous financing, technology licensing, grant, and partnership deals with major corporations, government agencies, top research universities, private foundations, and investors.

Eason received an MBA with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He also received the John L. Loeb Fellowship, the school’s highest academic honor in the field of finance. He holds a BA in English and mathematics from Vanderbilt University (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude), and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.