In 2015, Jack M. Wilson, Ph.D., President Emeritus University of Massachusetts and his wife Judi made a generous donation to establish the Jack M. Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship. The Center became an integral part of the newly opened Pulichino Tong Business Center in 2017. The Center administration was formally organized and became operational in 2019, with appointment of its co-directors, Yi Yang, Ph.D. and Prof. Ashwin Mehta.
An internationally recognized voice for entrepreneurship that serves as connective tissues across all constituencies at the University, in the region as well as globally.
Five years from now, through the work at the Center, UMass Lowell will be recognized as a global leader in the entrepreneurship area.
The Center is organized in the Manning School of Business where world-class entrepreneurship education and research take place; and it will serve as a catalyst for the university wide interdisciplinary entrepreneurship educational initiatives.
The Center will achieve its Mission through:
The Center fully supports the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) strategic pillars related to innovation and entrepreneurship. UMass Lowell has a number of entrepreneurship-related curricular and co-curricular programs in support of the university’s major strategic pillars:
I. Transformational Education
II. Global Engagement & Inclusive Culture
III. Innovative Research & Entrepreneurship
Through GE2 initiatives, the Center will promote global entrepreneurship education and assist UMass Lowell international partners in their efforts to establish entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Working with key business and industry partners, the Center will enhance students learning experiences and faculty research potentials.