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 organization that coordinates and supports educational resources to create programs and highlight 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. Programs are run by the executive team, more information about program leadership and structure can be found here.
Kai Wesleyan Trips
The Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan trips give an opportunity to some of Wesleyan’s most involved students to talk to entrepreneurs and tech employees. From startups to corporations, students visit some of the most interesting companies in tech and social entrepreneurship. More Info
Kai Speaker Series
The Kai Entrepreneurship Speaker Series brings in entrepreneurs and investors from around the country to the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, CT. The series strives to bring in a diverse group of individuals that are making a positive impact in the world and are leaders of their field. More Info
Kai Core Team
Kai Core Team are members of a community of entrepreneurs (in all senses of the word) that support and help one another with their projects and believe in Kai's mission. Members create and run Kai programs in addition to pursuing their own ventures. Recruitment is year round. More Info
Kai Labs is an innovative student forum that teaches design, engineering, and management in a project based format. The projects have real clients from administrative departments at Wesleyan University. The students work throughout the semester with their clients to build a functioning product that can be used an maintained by there clients.
The course builds upon previous student forums on Human Centered Design taught over the past two years, in addition to linking with the mission of Kai Entrepreneurship to bridge the skill gap between liberal arts students and the real world. More Info
Innovation Through Design Thinking
This for-credit student forum started by Mika Reyes, Shirley Fang, and Mia Deng in Spring 2015 teaches students how to understand, experience, and build using the design thinking methodology. The class was continued by Tess Counts in Fall 2016. More Info
Hackathon + Designathon
Bi-annual hackathon and designation open to students of all majors and backgrounds. Students spend the weekend drafting and building solutions to problems that matter, while tireless mentors and great food keep everyone motivated! Last Hackathon was Spring 2017 for the Kai Labs student forum.
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
The PCSE, the Allbritton Center for the Student of Public Life, and the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (which includes Service-Learning, Office of Community Service, the Civic Engagament Certificate, and the Center for Prison Education) form a hub of civic engagement on campus. We work closely with the Gordon Career Center, Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS), Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan, and other campus partners. We invite alumni to volunteer as speakers, mentors, grant reviewers, and more.
The PCSE, the Allbritton Center for the Student of Public Life, and the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (which includes Service-Learning, Office of Community Service, the Civic Engagament Certificate, and the Center for Prison Education) form a hub of civic engagement on campus. We work closely with the Gordon Career Center, Wesleyan Alumni in Philanthropy and Public Service (WAPPS), the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society, Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan, and other campus partners. We invite alumni to volunteer as speakers, mentors, grant reviewers, and more.
Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society
The Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society was forged in 2012 to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit at Wesleyan by providing its members the necessary skills, resources and support to ideate, innovate, and change the world. The society aims to become the place for students who share a common interest in generating change and/or honing their entrepreneurial skills to congregate on-campus through weekly lecture series and hands-on workshops.
NOTE: As of Fall 2016 Kai has absorbed the society.
Stay current with all that's happening with Kai Entrepreneurship Wesleyan. We have events and programs all year long (including summer and breaks) that engage Wesleyan students, alumni, and friends in tech and entrepreneurship.