Ancell School of Business

Constantine S. Macricostas Entrepreneurial Endowment Fund

Our mission is to encourage entrepreneurship.
We do this by funding entrepreneurial projects within the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University.
The goal is to benefit WCSU students and the greater Danbury community
by inspiring entrepreneurial activity.

Why the Ancell Entrepreneurial Experience?

The entrepreneurial journey can be exciting, but needs passion, resources, and guidance in order to succeed. Experience is necessary, and WCSU can help!

The idea is to do something that’s a significant undertaking!

How? By identifying opportunities, taking risks, and creating value where it didn’t exist before.

Thanks to the generosity of local entrepreneur and business owner Constantine S. Macricostas, the Ancell Entrepreneurial Experience was created to support entrepreneurial research projects and activities affiliated with the WCSU Ancell School of Business.

The word “entrepreneur” comes from the French terms “entre”, which means between, and “prendre” which means to take. So let’s take action to do something between us that helps solve problems, so we can all learn and grow!

For more information on the Constantine S. Macricostas Entrepreneurial Endowment Fund, click HERE.

To learn more about entrepreneurship in general, read Dr. Pauline Assenza’s BLOG  and comment! We want to hear from you.

How the Program Works

The Macricostas Endowment will provide funds for projects within the Ancell School of Business that educate the entrepreneur or promote the entrepreneurial process.

Any student, faculty member or staff interested in entrepreneurial activity is welcome to suggest an activity, or sign up to participate in a pre-approved activity.

What activities can be funded?

  • Field trips and guest speakers
  • Research projects and activities that test the feasibility of new ideas
  • Registration fees for conferences, conventions, or seminars such as those provided by the Small Business Administration, Startup Weekend, Business Plan Competitions, and others.

What can not be funded?

  • No seed money to start or finance a business
  • No prize money to reward student projects
  • No financial incentives for competitions or to cover operational shortfalls

How can I get involved?

Click HERE to submit something you think needs funding – an opportunity worth supporting!

Click HERE for the form to sign up to participate in a pre-approved activity

Click on the above link to find out what opportunities currently exist, and sign up to participate in the entrepreneurial experience!

Success Stories

Find Out About Past Activities & Project Successes HERE

Click on the above link to see our SUCCESSES after entrepreneurial projects/activities have concluded – including testimonials & photos!

Thanks for your interest in the Ancell Entrepreneurial Experience! Hope to hear from you soon.

For more information Dr. Pauline Assenza via phone: 203-837-3962 or email: assenzap@wcsu.edu