For nearly two centuries, Spartans have ventured to feed a hungry world, fight cancer, invent new technologies, and kindle the imaginations of learners around the globe. Here, we don’t just dream about tomorrow’s solutions. We create. We venture.

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation empowers students to learn through action by providing programs, courses, and resources to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, develop empathy, and create new ventures. Our program is designed to prime students to embrace failure mindfully, explore unknowns, and develop skills that matter.

So, come artists and engineers, biologists and physicists, changemakers and activists, makers and marketers. No matter the area of study. No matter the discipline or college. All your venture requires is the courage to take the first step.

What’s your venture?

Jeff Grabill

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Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, & Technology

Ken Szymusiak

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Managing Director of Academic Programming

Paul Jaques

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Managing Director of Venture Creation

Lori Fischer

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Assistant Director

Aaryn Richard

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Communications Manager

Christopher Sell

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Director of Alumni & Entrepreneur Engagement

Desiree Melfi Bozzo

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Student Success & Advising Manager

Neil Kane

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Faculty, Author, & Entrepreneur

Aubrey Haase

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Events & Projects Coordinator


Important Message: COVID-19
Campus Update: Visit msu.edu/together-we-will for the latest information on MSU’s preparation.

Reopening the MSU Hatch: Visit https://entrepreneurship.msu.edu/about/together-we-will-venture-safely/ for the most up-to-date process.