6 Entrepreneurship Programs at MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

Some of the country’s most promising and innovative minds exist at colleges and universities across the country. Interestingly, some countries across the nation have come to this realization and created space for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Today’s MSI Monday Morning Line Up highlights 6 MSIs with dynamic entrepreneurship programming.

1) San Diego State University (AANAPISI)San Diego, CA

San Diego

San Diego State University’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center is a leader in developing student’s entrepreneurial talent through hands on learning experiences. The Center’s  annual VentureStart competition allows teams of student entrepreneurs to develop a business model that exemplifies the students’ “ability to pivot in response to customer input and interaction” (lavincenter.sdsu.edu). In addition to a cash prize, the top three teams get the opportunity to network and receive mentorship from with the world’s top entrepreneurs, potential partners and even investors. Learn more about SDSU’s  Lavin Entrepreneurship Center here.

2) Rust College (HBCU)Holly Springs, MS


Rust College


Rust College is one of six HBCU’s in the delta region that recently received a grant to help expand entrepreneurship programming for students and residents of the local community. Funding partners, The Delta Regional Authority and Allen Entrepreneurial Institute, created this program to address the gap in entrepreneurship in local communities and advance the delta’s region’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem”. Partnered HBCUs received support services “to host a two-day technical assistance and rapid acceleration workshop that teaches both aspiring and advanced student entrepreneurs about skills and resources needed to launch and scale their businesses” (dra.gov). Learn more about specific entrepreneurial programs at Rust College here.

3) Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus (HSI)Roswell, NM

Roswell College Logo

Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell helps develop students’ entrepreneurial skills through a community partnership with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NM SBDC). The organization has an office on ENM Roswell’s campus and fosters community based development through “entrepreneurship education and business assistance activities” (roswell.enmu.edu). Learn more about the great work the New Mexico Small Business Development Center is doing to train up entrepreneurial community leaders here.

4) Florida International University (HSI)Miami, FL



Florida International University helps connect students with unique entrepreneurial opportunities through the entrepreneurship center–The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center. Through education programs, business competitions,  network events, and much more, FIU connects aspiring student entrepreneurs with contacts and resources needed to start up new ideas. Interestingly, the Pino Entrepreneurship Center also invests in existing family firms and supports their growth for the sake of South Florida’s economic vitality. Learn more about the amazing work FIU and The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center do to develop student entrepreneurs here.

5) East Central University (NASNTI)Ada, OK


East Central Universtiy

East Central University  supports students in entrepreneurial endeavors through both academic and practical means. The university’s school of business offers an entrepreneurship concentration that discusses topics such as “business plans, the value chain, revenue models, venture capital, technology, new venture growth, and harvesting the new venture” (ecok.edu). In addition to course work, the School of Business’s Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship offers business plan development support for aspiring student entrepreneurs and mentorship opportunities for students and experienced entrepreneurs in the community. Learn more about how the Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship is development student skills here.

6) Clayton State University (PBI)Morrow, GA


Clayton State University

Interestingly, Clayton State University’s entrepreneurial support programs exists through partnership with the University of Georgia. UGA established the UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University to “provide economic development assistance for small businesses with no-cost consulting services and low cost educational programs” (clayton.edu). Experienced personnel offer support in the following areas: updating business plans, identifying sources of capital, setting up record keeping systems and analyzing financial records, conducting specialized research, creating marketing strategies, and much more. Learn more about the great work Clayton State University is doing to support aspiring entrepreneurs here.

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