WISER creates program, funding for undergraduate women entrepreneurs

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) has established the Program Rewarding Innovation in STEM Entrepreneurship (PRISE) to support undergraduate students interested in STEM innovation, discovery and creativity.

Developed in collaboration with partners from CWRU LaunchNET, Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, PRISE aims to address the underrepresentation of women in entrepreneurial ventures. According to the Association for Women in Science’s “Revolutionizing the STEM Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” report, “less than 4 percent of venture capital is awarded to women.”

PRISE will provide women students with support to pursue entrepreneurship during their undergraduate years. Through this program students will:

  • Learn about processes of entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Design a solution (service, process, system or product) to a problem and introduce it into the marketplace;
  • Participate in workshops on how to be successful in an entrepreneurial venture; and
  • Take part in on-going coaching with industry professionals.

To learn more about PRISE and how to apply, visit the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women website.