Michigan State University Entrepreneurship in Top 15 Ranking

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Michigan State University in East Lansing has been recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship education by the Princeton Review for a sixth consecutive year.
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MSU’s Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation earned a spot on the Princeton Review’s top 15 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. // Photo courtesy of MSU

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Michigan State University in East Lansing has been recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship education by the Princeton Review for a sixth consecutive year. 

According to the Princeton Review ‘s new rankings, MSU comes in at No. 13 and is among the nation’s top 15 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. Significant investment in MSU’s program since its inception in 2012 has been able to foster a culture of innovation at the university, attracting the attention of talented, motivated students and alumni venturers alike.

“Providing students with real-world opportunities to take action on their ideas is a serious undertaking,” says Lori Fischer, director of operations at the Burgess Institute. “Since 2012, we’ve helped Spartans build the courage to take calculated risks and provide tangible resources to those willing to take a chance on their ideas. Our programs are designed not only to assist students in launching successful ventures but also aid them in cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset.”

MSU’s minor in entrepreneurship and innovation began in 2016 and it is one of the fastest-growing minors in the university’s history. With nearly 800 students currently enrolled, the minor includes undergraduates from every MSU college and area of study.

“When we started the undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, our vision focused on nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship at MSU,” says Ken Szymusiak, managing director of academic programs at the Burgess Institute. “Being recognized for a sixth consecutive year confirms we’re doing something right.”

This recognition highlights the depth and breadth of what MSU offers students — from an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation to a student-exclusive incubator to a summer pre-accelerator to a venture capital fund — students will find a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem at Michigan State.

Year over year, participation in the Burgess Institute’s programming has seen strong growth. Over the last five years, student venturers have launched nearly 1,000 startups and gone on to raise $160 million in follow-on funding.

Beyond the entrepreneurship and innovation minor, which boasts 50 entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses, MSU’s student offerings include participation in national startup competitions, like South by Southwest and the Consumer Electronics Show; mentoring opportunities with successful entrepreneurial alumni; student organizations and clubs; as well as spaces where students can create.

“We had over 5,000 students participate in our academic entrepreneurship courses last year, representing 154 unique majors across all colleges,” says Szymusiak. “This is what sets Michigan State apart.”

In the fall of 2022, the Burgess Institute launched new programming to further support the work of graduating Spartan entrepreneurs and alumni launching new ventures. The director of alumni venture support role within the institute offers startup resources to alums who request assistance in establishing and growing their ventures.

“Alums are essential to our students’ success,” says Laurel Ofstein, the faculty director for the Burgess Institute. “Their involvement with our students brings industry-specific expertise while connecting aspiring student entrepreneurs with MSU’s extensive alumni network. We’re thrilled to begin offering this same kind of support to alums looking to build and grow their own ventures.”

Since its inception, the Burgess Institute has provided financial support and mentorship resources to student entrepreneurs at MSU. Through academic programs, funding and mentor engagement, the Burgess Institute provides opportunities to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset and inspire professional and startup growth.

“The colleges on our list have truly superb entrepreneurship programs,” says Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of the Princeton Review. “Their faculty are genuinely engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and their students receive extraordinary financial and networking support from donors and alumni.”

To compile the 2023 ranking, the Princeton Review surveyed more than 300 schools offering entrepreneurial studies across data points related to scholarships and grants, successful alumni entrepreneurs, and faculty support.