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Entrepreneurs of All Kinds at MSU—Building an Ecosystem to Inspire

Michigan State University aspires to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem that integrates innovation, enhanced technology, new teaching models, professors of practice, business partnerships, and professional support for startups and hands-on experimentation. We are evolving curriculum to include entrepreneurship-based courses to help students chart their own paths, providing hands-on learning experiences to increase collaboration and communication skills, and meeting real need and demand through company-sponsored partnerships and design projects. We are also investing in programming and resources that help move ideas from concept to market. This requires a strong network of university units, community partners, and economic development agencies, venture and angel funders, regional accelerators, and incubators. Our success is supported by the voice and experience of real-world entrepreneurs in the design, development, and testing of new education and support solutions. This assembling of programs and relationships helps to break down silos and increase collaboration across units and services to bring path-breaking innovation to the marketplace and to establish a platform for experimentation. The upper bound for funding entrepreneurship at MSU is unlimited.


Christopher Sell
Director of Alumni & Entrepreneur Engagement
(517) 884-4546

“We are building an ecosystem to inspire and develop a community of self-motivated innovators and creators. At MSU, the definition of ‘entrepreneur’ is a person driven and capable of creating new opportunities in any context—launching a startup business, driving change as a corporate ‘intrapreneur,’ or inspiring positive changes in culture through social entrepreneurism.”

Charles Hasemann, Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development, MSU Innovation Center