Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

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Sara Cochran

Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Office of Research and Economic Development; Interim Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Adjunct Professor
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
470 McReynolds Hall
(573) 882-1667

Dr. Sara L. Cochran is the Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives for the University of Missouri System (UM System), Interim Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Mizzou’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, and an Adjunct Professor in Trulaske’s Department of Management. Sara serves as a Director-at-Large SIG Liaison on the Board of Directors of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and has published articles in the Journal of Small Business Management,Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and PedagogyEntrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (EIX), and Columbia Business Times. She is a regular presenter at international conferences including the USASBE and the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). Sara received the Emerging Scholar Award from the USASBE Minority and Women Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group in 2019, was a 2019 Columbia Business Times’s 20 Under 40 Honoree, received a Schulze Publication Award in 2018, and is a Fellow with the Direct Selling Education Foundation. In the local community, Sara is a mentor with the Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service, session chair and presenter for Jr. Leadership Columbia, is a graduate of Leadership Columbia’s 2015 Class, and member of the Women’s Network. An entrepreneur herself, Sara founded and previously owned an online boutique and currently operates a consulting brand. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education with research focused on entrepreneurship education from Mizzou, as well as a B.A. in accounting and a M.A. in integrated marketing communications from Drury University. Sara previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and Special Instructor for Drury after beginning her professional career as the Director of Special Events and Promotions for Pyramid Foods (dba Price Cutter).  


Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Missouri, 2017

M.A. in Communication, Drury University, 2006

B.A. in Accounting, Drury University, 2004