Answers to the questions you ask us the most!
How do I join WISE?
To join WISE, come to our WeLearn workshops and community events or apply for WeBuild or WeSupport! We're always sharing more about our virtual programming, opportunities, and more ways to get involved on our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn!
Do I have to be a business major to join?
Absolutely not! All majors, backgrounds, and genders are welcome at WISE. The "I" in WISE stands for "Interdisciplinary." Entrepreneurship and innovation are for everyone to explore!
Will WISE be having in-person or virtual events?
All of our programming this semester, and until further notice, will be held on Zoom and similar softwares.
Who can attend WeLearn events?
WeLearn is WISE's only open program, meaning anyone and everyone can attend regardless of gender identification, major, interests, involvement, or skill level. WeLearn prides inclusivity throughout its series of interactive workshops that aim to inspire members of all disciplines.
Do I need to bring or prepare anything for the workshops?
Workshops do not require any preparation!
Do I need my own business idea to apply?
While you don't need a full, thought-out business idea, we ask our applicants to simply have passion to start a business and an idea of the industry they wish to go into! Whether it's beauty, sustainability, technology, or other industries, we are here to support your entrepreneurial journey with mentorship, resources, and an amazing community.
What is a passion project?
A passion project refers to anything with the potential of becoming a venture. Some examples of passion projects that we've incubated are YouTube channels, clothing lines, sustainability consulting services, an exciting good, etc.
What is the time commitment?
Our Monday workshops last 1.5 hours, and we ask our WeBuilders to complete 1-2 hour homework assignments on their free time each week.
How do you make the matches?
Matches are made according to each member’s top preferences for their mentor/mentee, which are based on their personal "about me" slides and a speed dating event as well as according to who WeSupport team believes would fit well together.
Are we given any help to guide us through the sessions?
Yes! We provide session guides that provide structure and a foundation for the conversations that you have with your mentee/mentor. So you'll have a starting point for every conversation. Each session guide also follows a specific track so that you can target your goals and conversations. We also have WeSupport specific newsletters and workshops that are filled with resources from our leadership team!
What is the time commitment?
WeSupport pairs are expected to attend at least 2 office hours with our WeSupport team, 3 bi-weekly community events, and 3 sessions with their mentor/mentee over the course of the semester.