Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) focuses on developing and supporting student entrepreneurs at Mizzou. Housed in the Management Department within the Trulaske College of Business, the CEI's mission is to provide experiential learning opportunities and training beyond the classroom. The CEI is developing opportunities for students to leverage emerging technologies in their business and for students to work with international collaborators.

There is no better time to start a business than right now! The barriers to entry have lowered dramatically, and the world desperately needs innovative solutions to the challenges we all face. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation aims to ensure students have the resources, mentors, collaborators, and experiences that will enable them to have the best chance at launching a successful enterprise.


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The Trulaske College of Business and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offer several programs and opportunities that directly support student entrepreneurs. Learn more:

Entrepreneurship Alliance

The Entrepreneurship Alliance is an intensive program for students who have a startup or business idea and want to develop it. Students are encouraged to apply to the program as a team but are not required to do so. By the end of the 8-week program, students are ready to launch their business. 

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Darby Fellowship Program

The Darby Fellowship for Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is the result of a generous gift from Scott (BS BA ’06) and Stephanie (BS BA ’06) Darby to support student entrepreneurs. Darby fellows receive additional mentoring, networking opportunities, professional development funding (travel to conferences, memberships, training) or small grants for startup/prototype costs.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management Minor

Students pursuing a Minor in Entrepreneurship value innovation, hard work, and self-sufficiency. The required coursework focuses on developing creativity, identifying opportunities for innovation, and the skills needed to manage a new organization. 

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Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate (online)

The online graduate certificate in life science innovation and entrepreneurship from MU will help you translate biomedical research into health-related and economic benefits. If you want to help bring new discoveries into the marketplace, this may be the certificate for you.

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CEI Innovation Space

The CEI Innovation Space is Trulake's hub of entrepreneurial activities and a gathering place for students to "Explore > Learn > Build > Share" new ideas about the latest technology and business innovations. CEI offers workshops and events in the Innovation Space each week. To view the full calendar of events, click the button below. Contact with questions or your ideas for programming.

Innovation Space Calendar of Public Events

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Scott Christianson

For more information about the CEI's programs and future direction, please get in touch with the CEI Director.