“There are entrepreneurship and marketing classes at many of our high schools, but this will give students the opportunity to develop their ideas with actual professional mentors who will volunteer their time,” Allen says. “The center will also provide a risk-free environment for students, where they can plan and test their ideas without having to invest any money like they would if they were on their own.”
Allen says when the idea for the center was being developed, a facility committee formed to plan its design, with committee members gathering ideas by visiting places like the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and The Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University.
“The design for the WCS facility is still being worked on,” he says. “It could possibly be a large open space for groups and individuals to work, or it could feature office spaces of different sizes and private meeting areas. However, about 4,000 square feet of the 12,000 total square feet will go toward high-tech equipment like 3-D printers, laser cutters, prototyping equipment and fabrication machines.”