The Portland State Business Accelerator sounds, on its face, like something for a Business major. And in a way, it is. It’s a business incubator, which is a facility that helps startup businesses grow, so you’ve got to have a running business if you want to get help from it.
But this business incubator is different. PSBA is focused specifically on technological-innovation businesses, so if you want its help you’ve got to be in the world of engineering and innovation.
Which means a business major might not be enough if you want to get your idea through PSBA. Have you considered a minor in business with a major in engineering, or even a double major in business and engineering?
Some people really enjoy doing the tedious trials and tests and redesigns—and that’s how they do their part to be engineers. These are the kinds of people who might like puzzle games—they’re addicted to solving little complex problems. But there are also people who like creating a creature that can do these innovations on its own. These are the kinds of people who might like playing games like Sim City—little problems are great, but the big issues are what stop the big progress.
If you’re a PSU student or plan on becoming one, there are also internships available through the companies incubated at PSBA if you don’t plan on starting your own. It’s a great way to move from the university world to the working world—a transition that can be difficult for a lot of students.
PSBA offers office space, research labs, and several other resources to growing businesses. If you’re the type of person who likes engineering because you have have good ideas that you want to share, starting your own business might be for you. And if that’s the route you want to take, consider a minor in business, or even a double major, and check out PSU’s opportunities.
- PSU School of Business Administration
- Wikipedia entry on business incubators.
- PSBA’s website (check out the apply page, the available internships page, and the incubated companies’ blogs), and the PSBA twitter.
- Portland Business Journal article on PSBA.