Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is advancing entrepreneurship at Mizzou by promoting experiential learning and academic scholarship. The Center, housed in the Department of Management in the Trulaske College of Business, provides an academic home for entrepreneurial offerings and engages students, faculty, and staff in cross-campus initiatives to drives increases in knowledge, discovery, creation, and ultimately, new student-owned ventures.

Center activities provide hands-on opportunities to develop skills in: integrative thinking and action; ownership and accountability; vision and discovery; and collaboration and teamwork.

One of our unique focuses is on creating programming and research focusing on Entrepreneurship and Neurodiversity. This includes establishing pathways to college graduation for more neurodiverse students. From an outreach perspective, we work to build awareness of the value that students with ADHD, autism spectrum, dyslexia, and other neurodiverse conditions can bring to interdisciplinary teams working on innovative projects. 

Watch our I-CAN webinar on Innovation, College, and Neurodiversity in which speakers share their experiences in creating pathways to college, innovation, and entrepreneurship for neurodiverse students.

Read about our Entrepreneurship Alliance program, a 10-week program in which students are provided with the guidance and support they may need to start a small business while in college. Students who successfully complete the program are invited to apply for funding to support the development and growth of their entrepreneurial venture.

We are always looking for mentors, guest speakers, and collaborators. Please reach out to our Director, Dr. Annette Kendall if you would like to be part of the adventure!

Upcoming events:

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Photo shows Clint Matthews from when he played for the Mizzou Tigers

Clint Matthews: From Division 1 Athlete to Entrepreneur

Tuesday October 19, 5-6 pm, Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall

As the co-founder of Start Right Foods, former Missouri Tigers football player Clint Matthews believes the grit, discipline and persistence needed on the football field has proven to be invaluable for success in his entrepreneurial business ventures.

Clint and his business partner, Kyle Rood, a fellow former Mizzou student-athlete, have watched their company grow from a couple of waffle irons and a rent-a-kitchen in Columbia to its current facility in St. Louis. It is there where they mass produce high-protein waffle sliders to consumers throughout the Midwest and beyond in a growing market space of frozen healthy breakfast options.

Learn more about Clint’s entrepreneurial journey and his advice for current Tigers with entrepreneurial dreams in this engaging session. Register at this link.