Discovery & Launch


The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is here to empower Spartans to discover, build, and launch their innovations and ventures. Whether you're an undergraduate or graduate student, you are welcome to participate in the Burgess Institute's venture creation program and community. The Discovery and Launch programs are extracurricular and non-academic. No matter your major, as long as you are currently enrolled at MSU, the Burgess Institute Discovery and Launch programs are offered free of charge.


Discovery — Startup Track

Have a startup idea? Have an invention? Experts at the Burgess Institute are here to help you get going. Your journey begins with discovering your venture. Join the Startup Track!

Discovery — Engagement Track

Curious about MSU's entrepreneurship ecosystem? The Burgess Institute can help you connect! Your journey begins with discovering your community. Join the Engagement Track!



The Discovery Startup Track is designed to give Spartan venturers the tools and resources they need to build firm foundations for their ideas and early startups. Once established, entrepreneurs who are ready to take their startups to market can apply to pitch their ideas to enter the Burgess Institute's highly competitive program, Launch. If accepted into Launch, founders will receive greater access to tailored services, concentrated mentorship, as well as funding opportunities!

If you've completed the Discovery Startup Track and think your startup is ready for Launch, contact the Burgess Institute's Assistant Director, Lori Fischer.