OPEN Mini: Innovator Experience

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship: From Zero to 500 in Two Years
Neil Kane, Michigan State University
In four academic semesters, our newly launched undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation rose to over 500 enrolled students. This session will talk about our vision, closely-held beliefs, and how we got there.

The Incubation Process with Students: Discovery, Validation, and Launch of New Ideas
Paul Jaques, Michigan State University
Over the last 5.5 years we have built a strong program for students at MSU that requires them to reach certain milestones before they can utilize all the resources available to them. Every student team goes through the same process which has three steps, Discovery, Validation, and Launch. This session will discuss these steps and what resources we have available to our students.

Immersive Entrepreneurship: A Summer in Detroit
Ken Szymusiak, Michigan State University
In the summer of 2016, the Broad College of Business piloted a new type of learning experience immersing a small group of students in a live/learn setting in a “foreign” city only 1.5 hours from campus. The idea behind our program was to create student consulting teams in an untraditional live/study/work classroom. Teams were paired with small business owners to work on real projects and they witnessed the passion necessary to build a business in a city that is very much a startup again itself.



Neil Kane, Michigan State University
Paul Jaques, Michigan State University
Ken Szymusiak, Michigan State University

Moderator: Levi Lowe, Wichita State University

Track: Innovator Experience

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