Below are programs and activities supporting entrepreneurship students, startup companies and curriculum at MSU.
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Startup Office Hours: Hive, Hatch or Spartan Innovations
Share your experience as an entrepreneur with MSU student and faculty startups. Describe your skills and experiences, and startup teams will sign up to benefit from your guidance. Scheduling is managed by Spartan Innovations staff – volunteer mentors help make a difference by committing to timetables that work with their schedules. | Email to learn more
Classroom Guest: The Hive
Freshman and sophomore students enrolled in the Hive’s early entrepreneurship program benefit from in-classroom guest speaker interaction. This interactive classroom identifies projects and business ideas, and seeks virtual or in-person speakers on topics such as business development. Commitment: 1 hour classroom presentation held on MSU’s campus. | Email to learn more
Student Org Guest: MSU Entrepreneurship Association
MSU students interested in entrepreneurship join the MSU Entrepreneurship Association and attend monthly meetings with speakers who engage 40-80 students (in person or virtually) on specific, pre-identified topics. Students have requested more exposure to topics such as fundraising, market research, promotion, valuation. Commitment: 1 hour presentation, held after hours, on or off MSU’s campus | Email to learn more
Innovate State: MSU Innovators Speaker Series
In Fall 2014, MSU launched an entrepreneurship-forward speaker series called Innovate State, to help give students more exposure to special topics in entrepreneurship, startups, small business growth and emerging technology. Groups of students and professionals in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in East Lansing attend these events. Commitment: 1 hour in-person presentation, in 300 Room at MSU Innovation Center. | Email to learn more
Presentation Feedback & Coaching: SXSW Pitch Competition
Michigan State University is the only school to send student teams to the Entrepreneurial 8 finals three years running in the South By Southwest Business Pitch Competition, Student Startup Madness, held annually in Austin, TX. Student teams benefit from practicepresentations given to professionals who can ask tough questions and give constructive feedback. Teams practice with professionals before heading to SXSW. Commitment: Attend pitch evaluation panel virtually or in person in Late January/early February. Attendee provides feedback for a student team to improve their business pitch for SXSW Interactive. | Email to learn more
Spartan Innovations: Mentor In Residence
Interested in a deeper commitment to helping MSU startups? We are always looking for talented entrepreneurs to take the reins on one or more of our startup projects, and lead the business development planning that takes an idea to the marketplace on an investable startup. Mentoring requires spending time in East Lansing, time that could be supplemented by virtual engagements. Interested? Let’s talk. | Email to learn more.
Women in Entrepreneurship Affinity Group
MSU would like to explore the creation of a “Spartan Women in Entrepreneurship” affinity group and advisory committee. Discussion items would include student needs, mentor roles, expectations, and leadership. | Email to learn more