(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.
(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.
(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!
(Founder Institute, December 6, 2017) I’ve started 9 businesses and have invested all of my time, all of my network, and most of my money into each and every one of them. Most have done well and others have failed, but I wouldn’t advise an entrepreneur trying to build an impactful company to pursue any other strategy.
(MSU Today, November 27, 2017) For Michigan State University Spartans, entrepreneurship is more than a skill or discipline—it’s a mindset. It’s a way of thinking and working that opens doors, creates connections and accelerates innovation across disciplines.
Spartan innovators imagine a better world, then work to make it a reality. MSU supports them by connecting them to experienced business leaders and start-up funding opportunities and by cultivating university-wide entrepreneurship programs and community collaborations.
(Jesse Yaker, 360 Perspective, September 13, 2017) Jesse Yaker is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Social Science who spent the summer in Israel on an internship. Read more about his story.
(Caleb Hoover, MSU Today, August 10, 2017) Ten teams, consisting of 14 Spartans, have been selected to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting at Northeastern University in Boston.
Michigan State University undergraduate and graduate students have commitments in the areas of peace and human rights, environment and climate change, education and poverty alleviation.
(venturewell.com, March 21, 2017) The concept of the Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) is gaining traction within higher education. There is a growing community focused on developing courses, trainings, workshops, degree programs, and minors that foster EM as well as research around the the best way to define, measure, and assess its impact. There’s a growing consensus that it is feasible and desirable to engage students in experiences that develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and that doing so will better prepare them for success.
(Jonathan LeBlanc, The State News, April 27, 2017) Land Grant Goods which was founded by environmental studies and sustainability sophomore Alex Marx and education senior Bethany Kogut, sells honey and herbal teas with the hope of producing jam and cosmetics.
Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment, or RISE, director Laurie Thorpe said the name of Land Grant Goods came from her veteran experiences with being a part of several land grant institutions.
(Michael S. Melfi, michiganbusinessnetwork.com, April 26, 2017) Why would an experienced entrepreneur, business executive and Forbes contributor decide to join academia? Perhaps to create an environment beyond the classroom learning experience.