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Burgess New Venture Challenge Announces Inaugural Competition Winners Circle with Right Arrow Icon

(April 18, 2019) The Burgess New Venture Challenge (BNVC), an early-stage pitch competition bringing together Michigan State University student entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, announces the winners of its first annual contest. Last evening, fifteen Michigan State University student startups pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges, competing for scholarship prizes totaling over $40k in scholarship funding.

7 Ways College Degrees Can Expedite Startup Success Circle with Right Arrow Icon

(Martin Zwilling, startupprofessionals.com, October 28, 2018) A popular myth these days is that finishing college only dilutes your entrepreneurial instincts, and the best of the best, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out early to hasten their success. I agree with Robert E. Litan, former VP of research at the Kauffman Foundation, that these are exceptions to the rule, rather than a model to emulate.

The Best Advice For Student Founders, From Student Founders Circle with Right Arrow Icon

(Techstars Stories, August 21, 2018) It’s back to school time, founders! We can just smell the new books and excitement as students get ready for a new year. Why are we so excited about the new school year? Because we know that for some ambitious young people out there, this will be the year they start a company, inspired by some new problem that they see or learn about at school. It means new students at the proliferating entrepreneurial programs at universities around the world. It means more smart startups from more smart entrepreneurs — and we’ve gotta love that.

Why Pitching Your Product Is Not Enough For Investors Circle with Right Arrow Icon

(Martin Zwilling, startupprofessionals.com, July 27, 2018) Creating a great investor pitch is probably more difficult for technical entrepreneurs than creating a great product pitch. But it’s critical to have one. Just as a great business can’t exist without a product, a great product won’t survive without a business to sell it. It’s up to you as an entrepreneur to create both, with the ability to pitch either one, to the right people.

Support Students, Shop the Student Marketplace Circle with Right Arrow Icon

(MSU HR SourceLIVE, December 7, 2017) This holiday season, give back to the MSU student community by purchasing your gifts from the Student Marketplace! The MSU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Student Marketplace  was developed to showcase businesses run by MSU students who are beginning their journeys as young entrepreneurs. The idea behind the Marketplace was to create an online space where products made by students can be featured, with new products being added all the time!