By Viviane Nguyen
Every sweltering April, University of Houston students can count on one thing– they will not go hungry during Wolffest On April 10th-12th, students will be able to feast on food from popular local restaurants. Everything from fried oreos, to gyros, to tamales will be brought straight to campus.
Wolffest is an annual event that is hosted through The Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE), ranked #2 in the nation by The Princeton Review for 2018. The undergrad entrepreneurship program, named by its generous benefactors the late Melvyn Wolff and his surviving wife Cyvia, is known for its rigorous application process and real-world simulations.
Among the senior capstone project is Wolffest Students and split into teams to enlist donors and food sponsors and create a menu for a 3-day popup restaurant battle right in from of the MD Anderson Library. Students will apply the skills they’ve gained from class and create a working business plan to cover the cost of setting up, marketing, and running a popup restaurant. They will then compete for the title of Best Popup Restaurant for the best overall business.
“Wolffest is a way to give back to the Wolff Center while combining the community and a passion for food together. Through engagement with the community, I find what makes Houston great: the southern hospitality and diversity. This can be seen in the food, the donors and the students. As future entrepreneurs, this is everything we want to see, and it’s a lot of fun to be able to make this 3 day pop up happen while we’re still students,” senior Wolffest CEO Tiffany Thai said.
This is a great opportunity for companies who value entrepreneurship to get involved with these cream of the crop graduating seniors, and help donate to the cause. All donations are tax-deductible and go towards funding student scholarships, trips to meet Warren Buffet and visit Wall Street and Silicon Valley, graduation banquet, and retreats. These donations help forward The Wolff Center and put UH on the map as one of the best places for entrepreneurship. “Wolffest is the best way to support the community” senior WCE student Andrew Lee said.
Former food vendors include The Crawfish Shack, Niko Niko’s, BB’s Cafe, 100% Taquitos, and Bombay Pizza Co. For local restaurants, this creates great exposure in front of 45,000 hungry students, faculty, and alumni.
“Everyone is bringing their competitive spirit, but at the same time, we want to combine our effors to make it the best Wolffest ever,” said Thai.
For more information about Wolffest and The Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship visit http://www.bauer.uh.edu/ecel.
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