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Entrepreneurship Links


Small Business Innovation Research Program

Government grants available to entrepreneurs for the purpose of technological innovations that are of interest to Federal Government agencies

Kauffman Foundation

A Kansas City-based organization encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship nationally and globally

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is an entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North America and beyond. CEO currently supports entrepreneurship on over 240 chapters in over 43 states.

Social Venture Network

A nonprofit network providing resources for socially and environmentally responsible entrepreneurs


Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

Private/public partnership that was formed to achieve an integrated regional economic development strategy

Mid-Michigan Innovation Team (MMIT)

A network of people, projects and partners reinventing mid-Michigan’s economy

Michigan State University Product Center

Helps develop and commercialize high value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture and natural resource sectors

The Edward Lowe Foundation

Providing information, research and educational experiences that support entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system, based in Cassopolis, MI

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The State of Michigan’s one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan

Michigan Venture Capital Association

An association of venture capital professionals and researchers from across Michigan

Spartan Consulting

A professional consulting firm composed of current Broad School MBA students

Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations

Offers consulting services to area nonprofits and nonprofit startups

MSU Business-Connect

Business-CONNECT serves as MSU’s front door for corporations, directing businesses to the right MSU resources – from recruiting students to finding a researcher for a specific project– and enabling two-way strategic communications and planning for business customers.

The Hatch

The Hatch is a student business incubator, provided by Michigan State University, LEAP, the City of East Lansing, and Spartan Innovations.

Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs (ICE)

The Mid-Michigan Innovation Club for Entrepreneurs (ICE) provides a new forum for professionals of the Greater Lansing Area to share and explore ideas in a positive and supportive environment, create or strengthen existing networks for collaboration and find resources to bring ideas to life.

MSU e-Net

msuENet connects venture and social entrepreneurs with education, know how, resources, mentors, advocates, and funding. The network’s primary focus is on student entrepreneurs, but it welcomes the opportunity to work with anyone with entrepreneurial aspirations.

Spartan Innovations

Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy.

Michigan State University Black Chamber of  Commerce (MSUBCC)

MSUBCC is the first Collegiate Chapter of The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) to be established at an institution of Higher Education. We strive to cultivate and grow the entrepreneurial spirit of undergraduate students while providing them with the network, resources, and experience necessary in order to succeed in the business world.

Getting Started

Small Business Development Center

Tips for starting and funding your small businesses Starting a Business

If you’re thinking about starting a business, Entrepreneur Magazine’s website offers a wide array of information and advice. Topics range from business plans and financing to running a green business and being a successful teen entrepreneur. offers guides for starting many types of businesses (franchises, e-commerce, home businesses, etc). also puts out the Inc 500 and 5,000, lists of the top public and private small businesses. These rankings offer information and inspiration for those considering entrepreneurship.


Start Garden

Gerstacker Foundation

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