Michigan State University launched a campuswide minor in entrepreneurship and innovation this week.
“Michigan State is committed to creating an entrepreneurial culture on campus and preparing our students to solve the world’s most pressing problems in innovative ways and to embark on careers that won’t resemble those of the past,” said Neil Kane, who started July 1 as MSU’s first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship.
With the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation launched for spring semester of 2016, MSU is establishing a way for students to develop entrepreneurship skills whether they aspire to start a business or become more competitive candidates for traditional employers.
Required for the minor are 15 credit hours consisting of two core courses and an assortment of electives that allow students to tailor the curriculum toward their interests. The minor signifies that entrepreneurship is not just a business discipline. It applies equally well to musicians, journalists, lawyers, theater majors and engineers.
“A university is an ideal setting for students to experience the entrepreneurial journey because there is no financial or professional risk in trying,” Kane said. “Once students leave campus, the cost, which is measured in many ways, goes up a lot.”
The minor is an additional part of MSU’s resources for entrepreneurship and innovation. Other resources include the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which teaches students about entrepreneurship; the Hive and the Hatch, both student idea incubators; and Spartan Innovations, which turns MSU research technologies into businesses. MSU is creating a portal for its entrepreneurship resources athttps://entrepreneurship.msu.edu.
MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt noted that innovation often occurs at the intersection of disciplines.
“The new Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation represents another significant step forward in a series of commitments MSU is making to develop learning environments that foster multidisciplinary entrepreneurship,” said Youatt.