Wolffest, originally started as BurgerFest, was first held on campus at The University of Houston in 2002. Now a spring tradition at WCE, BurgerFest has been renamed Wolffest, branding it under the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship banner. It was an idea, started by its own entrepreneurship students, to provide real-world scenarios for students to learn what it really takes to start a business.
Wolffest has become part of the WCE capstone course and is the final step in completing a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the Wolff Center. Seniors implement everything they have learned in the classroom into a written business plan that is implemented during 3 consecutive day competition held in mid-April.
Wolffest has inadvertently become the largest and most complex fundraiser the senior class participates in during their time in the program. However, from the beginning, Wolffest has had one primary objective; teaching WCE students how to write and implement an operations plan for a business startup. This experience has proven to be invaluable. Students experience all the challenges of organizing, researching, negotiation, revenue/cost modeling, operating, delegating, adjusting, competing and evaluating their own business’ success and/or failure.
WCE’s goal is to grow this event into a celebration of entrepreneurship, combining it with events such as 3-Day Startup and others, ultimately creating Entrepreneurship Week at the University of Houston.