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Spartan Athletics Companions with MSU Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation


EAST LANSING, Michigan (MSU Athletics) – Spartan Athletics and Michigan State University’s Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation have announced a partnership to train exercise students to sharpen their entrepreneurial mindsets, master business fundamentals, and learn the process Create ventures.

Located in the nationally renowned Michigan State Broad College of Business, the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation enables students to learn through action by providing programs, courses, and resources that incorporate the entrepreneurial mindset and develop skills necessary for the Essential to a company’s success are changing market.

The Burgess Institute, a high-level entrepreneurship education center, will bring Spartan teams to a six-week training camp on entrepreneurial mindset, taught by faculties and staff at the institute, and storytelling and business model building. The course ends with “Pitch Day” in week 6 as the teams vote on the winner of the entrepreneurship training camp.

Desireé Melfi Bozzo, the student success and advisory manager of the institute, is committed to the entrepreneurial education of students. “Student-athletes are conditioned to work hard and driven by expectations of excellence,” she said. “The Burgess Institute team provides student-athletes with focused entrepreneurship training and focuses on life skills that ensure success long after student-athletes graduate.”

“Students are increasingly demanding more learning that is based on hands-on experience and prepares them for a job market that thirsts for innovative thinkers,” said Ken Szumusiak, director of the Burgess Institute for Academic Programs. “The Entrepreneurship Training Camp was designed with three specific goals in mind: sharpening the entrepreneurial mindset, promoting business acumen, and exposing athletes to the process of starting a business.”

The Spartan soccer team will be the first sport to use the training camp from Wednesday February 24th.

“This partnership will be a great resource for our players and help them develop their life skills that they can use both during their time here on campus and after graduation,” said MSU head football coach Mel Tucker. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a world-class business school in Michigan, and the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides valuable tools, including personal branding strategies, extensive networking opportunities, and access to MSU Hatch, to prepare our players for the future Success. I am excited that our entire team will have access to this groundbreaking course. “

“Innovative collaborations and partnerships are a top priority for MSU Athletics and the success of our student athletes,” said Elliott Daniels, Associate Athletic Director for Student Athletics Engagement. “Through the Eli Broad College of Business, sports students at the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation have a nationally recognized top 15 program to develop entrepreneurial skills for the present and beyond. The combination of world class corporate leaders and resources with world class student-athletes will have a tremendous impact on current and future Spartan student-athletes. Creative ideas, solutions and ventures are limitless and we are very happy about this campus partnership. “

The Burgess Institute, through the Broad College of Business, offers a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as resources and collaboration spaces designed to help Spartans build their ventures. See eship.msu.edu for more information.

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