April 24, 2019
Oftentimes, when we meet with alumni to talk about MSU’s growing entrepreneurship education programs, or when we give them a tour of our student incubator, our entrepreneurship labs, or our prototyping labs, it is not uncommon for alumni to exclaim, “I wish that existed at the University when I studied at MSU!” or some variation of the same sentiment. It’s true, Michigan State University has come a long way in the last 5-6 years with respect to the entrepreneurship programs and resources available to today’s current students. It’s exciting to see the program evolve, particularly as accomplished alumni entrepreneurs become engaged with the MSU ecosystem and help advance the program even further ahead.
Today’s students at MSU, particularly those with an interest in starting a company or learning entrepreneurial skill sets that prove immensely valuable in the workplace, have the opportunity to engage in multiple ways. The MSU Undergraduate Entrepreneurship degree program now offers an academic minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation that is available to any and all undergraduates at MSU. The core curriculum introduces students to critically important skill sets, yet is flexible enough to accommodate students’ varying interests. Those that are interested in starting a business can look no further than the MSU Hatch, the student startup incubator for the University. At the MSU Hatch, upwards of 300 student members are actively leveraging unique resources offered by MSU to participate in the Business Model Canvass, create their own startups or take their business ideas and products to market. The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is overseeing much of the core instruction that has been developed to teach students the entrepreneurial mindset across campus.
Michigan State University’s progress in this space has not gone unnoticed. Just a few months ago – for the first time – MSU was recognized for having one of the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation by the Princeton review, and our current students are garnering national acclaim for their innovative prowess as well as their own student startups. It is truly an exciting time to be involved with Entrepreneurship & Innovation at MSU.
Are you interested in seeing the people and places involved with MSU Entrepreneurship in person? Looking for an opportunity to meet with academic leaders in charge of the growing program, or perhaps interested in hearing more about the experience from current student entrepreneurs at MSU? Consider attending Alumni University at MSU, which includes a session – “Discovery, Validation, and Launch: Fostering an Ecosystem for MSU Student Startups” – meant to give attendees a firsthand look at the process and resources in place for entrepreneurial students at MSU. Alumni University is a dynamic two-day educational experience, scheduled to take place May 30 – 31 on MSU’s campus. Other Alumni University sessions will give participants a chance to experience unique tours, meet with world-renowned faculty and university researchers and more! Consider registering now for this unique opportunity.