FAQs

GENERAL
How do I get plugged in?
What resources are available to me for entrepreneurial ventures while I am a student at MSU?
What is an “Entrepreneurial Mindset”??
I would like to talk to someone in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship. Who can I talk to?

THE MINOR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
How do I enroll?
Is this just for students who want to start a business?
What are the requirements to complete the Minor?
I am doing an internship, can this count as an elective or experience in the Minor?
Can I do a study abroad?
Can I substitute courses?
Is there a GPA requirement?

THE SOCIAL INNOVATION TRACK
What is it?
Am I stuck with one or the other?
Need more information?

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION (E&I) EXPERIENCES
How does this work?
Can I have an Experience in a Capstone class or on a Capstone project?
Can anyone have an Experience?
This will go on my transcript, right?
Can I have an Experience if I’m not pursuing the Minor?
Who approves them?
What courses are eligible?
How difficult are these projects (i.e., the Experiences)?
Can I have a group Experience?
Can I see a list of past Experiences?
What is the process for signing-up?

Information about E&I Experiences for the Social Innovation Track.

GENERAL

How do I get plugged in?
Sign up for our email newsletter. This has all of our entrepreneurial events delivered straight to your inbox on a bi-weekly basis.
(We promise we won’t spam you or sell your information!). You can also navigate to our Calendar and see what is coming up.

What resources are available to me for entrepreneurial ventures while I am a student at MSU?
We have resources to assist you at every step in your process. Navigate to our Resources section to see an explanation of the vast array of resources MSU has to offer student entrepreneurs.

What is an “Entrepreneurial Mindset”?
The Entrepreneurial Mindset is a set of attitudes, skills and behaviors that students need to succeed academically, personally and professionally. It includes: initiative and self-direction, risk-taking, flexibility and adaptability, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.

I would like to talk to someone in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship. Who can I talk to?
Fill out the Contact form and we will be in touch. We are happy to set up an appointment to talk to you!

THE MINOR IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

How do I enroll in the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation?
To enroll in the Minor go to: Courses

Is this just for students who want to start a business?
Absolutely not! The programs are open to any undergraduate students, and the concepts apply equally well to social entrepreneurs as well as to students pursuing for-profit business ideas. Mostly, however, the programs revolve on developing the skills to allow students to be effective regardless of the professional path they pursue.

What are the requirements to complete the Minor?
Fifteen credit hours consisting of two core courses and nine hours of electives. In addition, you have to have two Experiences. All of the requirements can be found on the Courses page.

I am doing an internship, can this count as an elective or experience in the Minor?
Yes, if you are earning academic credit for the internship. Pre-approval is needed from the Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Can I do a study abroad?
Yes! Please see the Education Abroad page for further details.

Can I substitute courses?
Students can request that other courses count as electives toward the E&I Minor by petitioning the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship. Please send a message through the contact page with the following information:

  • Name, major and graduation year
  • What courses have you already taken that will count toward the 15 credit-hours in the Minor?
  • What other courses do you intend to take to round out the 15 hours?
  • How you will complete your two E&I Experiences? Please provide a brief explanation.
  • For this course, please describe:
    • The course name
    • The instructor’s name and email address
    • A syllabus, website or detailed description of the course
    • How many credit-hours is it?
    • What is the MSU course number?

Is there a GPA requirement?
A 2.0 grade-point average must be maintained in courses completed for the Minor.

THE SOCIAL INNOVATION TRACK


What is it?
The Social Innovation Track is a variation on the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. As the name suggests, it takes a deeper dive into topics related to social innovation such as social impact, non-profits and social change. It is recommended for students who imagine themselves solving social problems or helping communities more so than launching a for-profit company.

Most of the requirements are similar except that students are required to take a special recitation section of BUS 190 that is focused on social innovation, choose from a narrower list of electives and one of the E&I Experiences (see next) must be socially-themed. Details can be found on the Social Innovation Track page. The sign-up procedure is the same, and when you Declare, you will be asked which track you are choosing.

Am I stuck with one or the other?
If you signed up for the regular E&I Minor and then want to take the Social Innovation Track, you may have credits to make-up. If you fall into this category, we suggest you schedule an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship to discuss. If you sign-up for the Social Innovation Track but then want to earn the regular E&I Minor, you can easily do that so long as all requirements are met by the time you graduate.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION EXPERIENCES

How does this work?
An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experience is a project that is done IN A COURSE in which the student is enrolled. The approval of the E&I Experience is done by the instructor of that course. They are not extra-curricular projects and they are not done during breaks.

Can I have an Experience in a Capstone class or on a Capstone project?
Yes!

Can anyone have an Experience?
Yes, any undergraduate can. Students enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation are required to complete two of them (and they must be done in courses that the student is NOT counting toward the 15 credit-hours of the E&I Minor), but anyone can do them and earn that distinction on their transcript.

This will go on my transcript, right?
When you satisfactorily complete an Experience, the following notation will show up on your transcript next to that course name: ENTREP & INNOVATION OPTION. This is true whether a student is enrolled in the E&I Minor or not.

Can I have an Experience if I’m not pursuing the Minor?
Yes!

Who approves them?
The decision about the project statement and its evaluation rests entirely with the instructor who is teaching the course. The Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship is available to both student and instructor to assist in crafting a good project.

What courses are eligible?
Pretty much any course is eligible except an Independent Study, but a student has to get the approval of the instructor of the course in which they are enrolled in order to have an Experience in that course. Please see the Experiences page for more detail about how to earn an Experience in a course. Students who are earning the E&I Minor must complete their E&I Experiences in courses that are NOT counted toward the 15 credit-hour requirment of the Minor.

How difficult are these projects (i.e., the Experiences)?
An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Experience is a contract between the student and instructor. The complexity and breadth of the work is decided between them. The guidelines say that the total amount of effort performed by the student to complete the project should be 20-30 hours. Please see the Examples page for further guidance.

Can I have a group Experience?
Students can work as a group if all students are in the same course (with the permission of the instructor), but each student will need to fill out their own form since there is currently no way to award an Experience to a group. That is, we encourage teamwork, but the instructor will evaluate the students independently.

Can I see a list of past Experiences?
Yes! It is a work in progress, but please visit MSU StartupTree to see a list of student projects. Ideas can be found on the Examples page.

What is the process for signing-up?
A student approaches their instructor with a project idea. The instructor agrees before the work is done. The student does the project. After the work is done, the instructor acknowledges that it was completed satisfactorily. The Experiences page has a lot of information about this process. Please read it. Also on that page is a guide which contains complete instructions.