Kai Entrepreneurship (or Kai for short) is based out of Wesleyan University in Middletown CT. We're a completely student run 501(c)(3) non-profit (in formation) organization that creates programs and highlights existing programs that promote openness, inclusion, and community in tech and social entrepreneurship. Our focus on these principles springs from the troubling lack of diversity in the current entrepreneurship world and the technology industry overall, and we see college as an ideal time to encourage people of all interests and backgrounds to get involved.
The sound "kai" has several meanings in Asian languages. In Chinese it makes up the word Kaishi which means "to start," in Japanese it makes up the phrase "kaizen" which is a business philosophy stressing continual improvement, and in Thai it means "egg" and reflects new beginnings. Above all else, it's just an awesome sounding name.
Kai Entrepreneurship inspires and prepares liberal arts students to pursue careers in social and tech entrepreneurship. We bridge the skills gap so students can succeed.
1. Openness. All funded events and meetings have a substantial portion of the time open to the public.
2. Inclusion. Membership is inclusive, and active efforts are made to recruit women and minorities.
3. Community. Competition and collaboration among projects and groups are encouraged and celebrated.
Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan is run by an executive team that directly creates and maintains Kai's staple programs. Our goal with this organization is to add pressure and urgency to diversifying entrepreneurship, and we do this by providing additional resources to supplement what Wesleyan currently provides to individuals and organizations pushing for diversity and inclusion.
Sponsors and Partners
The Wesleyan entrepreneurship scene boasts rich diversity compared to the entrepreneurship and tech world as a whole, and we’re proud to work within such a progressive community. We’d like to thank our partners and sponsors for their help and support of our mission, and encourage everyone involved with us to utilize all the organizations available here at Wesleyan.