The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (Cottrell Center), at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Designed to inspire students to engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them first hand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments and to foster economic development in Chester County and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, the center provides access to the many resources of West Chester University. The center offers seminars and workshops, guest lectures, and online resources, as well as places interns to work in small and startup companies. Each year the center also hosts a speaker series featuring our distinguished alumni and regional leaders in the entrepreneurship process.
Funding for the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center has been provided by Claire and Gary Daniels, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and West Chester College of Business and Public Affairs.
The Cottrell Center is under the direction of Monica A. Zimmerman, PhD, CPA. Dr. Zimmerman is a Professor of Management in the College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University.
The center is located at the West Chester University Graduate Center (GC) Room 319, 1160 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19380.