As the Director of Student and Community Engagement for Spartan Innovations, Paul Jaques works with the MSU undergraduate students on their business ideas and inventions to potentially get them to market. This effort is combined with funding from two endowments, Forest Akers and Gerstacker, which are available to the undergraduate students. He also works with the State of Michigan community on all entrepreneurial efforts and events.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Advertising/Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and followed up with a Masters in Public Relations from Michigan State University. He has worked in the career placement field for 12 years and has gained a great deal of experience through his work with CareerQuest, OnLine Employment Services, and most notably Michigan State University. Paul was awarded the “10 over the next 10” award in 2010 from the Lansing Chamber of Commerce. At Michigan State University, Paul was the Associate Director of Student and Business Engagement where he played a significant role in connecting students and businesses with internship opportunities and providing guidance through these processes. In addition, he also has taught classes at the university and has focused his energy on social media and its effects on commerce and society. He is the Co-Creator of Art Alley, an Art Gallery in Lansing’s REO Town, and a Founding Member of The NEO Center, a business incubator in Lansing.