Welcome to the Cottrell Center
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center fosters entrepreneurship across West Chester University and throughout Chester County by preparing students to contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, providing access to a rich network of entrepreneurship resources and enhancing the startup and growth of new ventures to develop a strong WCU entrepreneurship culture and a vibrant Chester County entrepreneurship ecosystem.
|HackWCU||8th Annual Business Idea Competition||2020 Lean Launchpad Program|
March 21st - 21st
A 24 hour student hackathon hosted by the West Chester Univeresity. Join us and over 250 students for weekend full of fun, innovation, and problem solving. You’ll enjoy tech talks, free food, and fun activities while you build innovative and exciting projects with your fellow students.
Submissions Due Feburary 24th
The 8th Annual Business Idea Competition is hosted by the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Center, the Keiretsu Forum and GWCC. Sponsored by Meridian Bank, the BIC promotes creativity, idea generation, and entrepreneurship by recognizing innovative ideas for new products, services, and technology!
May 15th - July 15th
To encourage entrepenuership amoung WCU students, faculty and early age startups in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Cottrell Center will host a seven week lean launchpad program from May 2020 through July 2020. Program participants will be selected through an application proccess.
Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Zimmerman, PhD, CPA, is a professor of Management in the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University where she teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Zimmerman earned her PhD from Temple University's Fox School. Dr. Zimmerman has published and presented many research papers on initial public offerings (IPOs), angel investing, and management teams. She served as the director of the Cottrell Center from its founding through 2014, after which she served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs and took a sabbatical to study angel investing.
Patricia Diggin, Director email@example.com
Pattie Diggin is a faculty member in the Department of Management at WCU. She has over 30 years of experience in Sales & Marketing. She earned an MBA from West Chester University and has been teaching at WCU in the Marketing and Management Departments for the past six years. She is active in Chester and Delaware County SCORE member and sits on the Development Board of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls. She has extensive experience in working with small businesses and assisting them in developing effective marketing communications strategies. She has also owned her own business and has a clear understanding of the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.
Brittney Brooks, Graduate Assistant BB853179@wcupa.edu
West Chester University, '17
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
Brittney Brooks is the Cottrell Center Graduate Assistant. She is a student in the WCU MBA program. Brittney joined the Cottrell Center team in Summer 2019. She graduated from West Chester University in Fall of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies. Brittney has experience in the non-profit sector and volunteers her time to organizations throughout Chester County.
Gabriell Velazquez, Undergraduate Assistant
Gabriella Velazquez is the Cottrell Center Undergraduate Assistant. She is a student in the WCU College of Business and Public Management. Gabriella joined the Cottrell Center team in Fall 2019. She graduated from Northampton Community College in Fall of 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science in Marketing. Gabriella has experience interning for non-profit establishments and volunteers her time to SCORE of Chester and Delaware County and the American Marketing Association at WCU.
Brandon Barker, Undergraduate Assistant
Brandon Barker is an undergraduate assistant at the Cottrell Center. He is a Computer Science Major in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Brandon joined the Cottrell Center team in Fall 2019, and he is involved in multiple organizations throughout West Chester University’s campus. Brandon is the creator of HackWCU, a 24-hour student Hackathon hosted by the West Chester Computer Science Club.
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is named in honor of Dr. Edwin Cottrell, West Chester University Professor Emeritus of Health and Physical Education. The naming of the center was through the generosity of a gift by Claire and Gary Daniels in honor of Dr. Cottrell, Mr. Daniel's golf coach.
Dr. Edwin Cottrell served as associate dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and as professor in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He also served as the head coach of golf at West Chester University for 20 years. He is a graduate of Slippery Rock State College (class of 1943). While at Slippery Rock he lettered in football, basketball, and tennis, and he captained the tennis team. Dr. Cottrell earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University. He joined the West Chester University faculty in 1955. Dr. Cottrell was very active in many professional and academic organizations. He was named "Outstanding Physical Educator" in Pennsylvania by PSAHPER, was a member of the National Golf Coaches' Associate, and an educational consultant for the National Golf Foundation. He was also on the staff of the Duke University Junior Golf Camp and served as chair of the Concord Country Club golf committee where he was the club champion. Dr. Cottrell was a fighter pilot during World War II with the 48th Fighter Group ETO and flew 65 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations. He received the air medal with eight clusters plus unit and battle citations. After 28 years in the Air Force Reserves he retired as a Lt. Colonel having served as a Liaison officer to the Air Force Academy. Dr. Cottrell is currently an instructor at Duke University Golf School and Pine Needles Country Club. Dr. Cottrell is married to Mildred (Millie), and has two daughters: Carol Fisher and Susan Nation.
In the News
- Conference on How Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Success in Business Set for Nov. 19
- Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at WCU Announces Winners of the 2018 Business Idea Competition
- WCU Students Making Connections with Local Businesses
- GWCC Partners with WCU to Provide Business Owners A Way to Collaborate with Students