Michigan State University

Entrepreneurship Association

The Entrepreneurship Association is an MSU Registered Student Organization
for students who are passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation.

Monthly Meetings

Share ideas, network with peers, and get motivated by ingenious speakers

Road Trips

Organize trips to business competitions, conventions, and other events


Connect with established businesses and organizations to grow your ideas

Identity Development

Establish yourself in the entrepreneurial community. Build some buzz


Here are some frequently asked questions about the EA and their answers

The association helps students by networking with established alumni, providing entrepreneurs with resources to get their idea off the ground, and members can go for free or very little cost to entrepreneurship events throughout the year.

Entrepreneurship is innovation and innovation is life changing. Without passionate entrepreneurs many of our coveted items such as the Internet, cellphone, and the latest app wouldn’t exist. We support entrepreneurship by forming a community of passionate doers. Bringing a bunch of people who believe anything is possible is the catalyst for innovation. If any of the entrepreneurs need help with their start up we find a way to help them.

The Entrepreneurship Association was started because their are many Spartan entrepreneurs who are currently working alone or have an idea but don’t know the next steps, that is where the association comes in. The Entrepreneurship Association was started to bring students together who love innovation and want to be a part of it in some way.

The Association has had everything from Uncle Jake’s Jerky, batch made jerky which is very delicious, to Snap Script App, and everything in between.

Yes! Any one can join the association. We are always looking for passionate members and spartapreneurs.

All you have to do is fill out our application form!


Admin Board

Volunteer community leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs

Bernie Eisbrenner

President | Treasurer

Bernie is an entrepreneur who loves the environment, cool ideas, and cool people. Bernie does not love bad ideas like burning fossil fuels, communism, or disregarding history. Feel free to talk to Bernie about your cool ideas and how to make the world a better place.

Adam Schoonmaker

Vice-President | Social Event Coordinator

Adam is a junior pursuing Computer Science at MSU, with a cognate in business. He’s a co-founder of OneSound, where he spends his time pitching their business and coding to make their iOS app even more awesome. Adam is also on the board for MSU’s programming club, ACM. Previous business ventures include a summer of selling $36,000 in fine cutlery, a stock investing blog, and an affiliate marketing website for luxury office chairs.

David Park

Brand Director

David is a Media and Information senior at MSU that's enthusiastic about graphic design to front-end development. On top of pursuing his design career, he's a co founder at Linx Digital, a digital branding firm.

Mitchell Schwartz

Director of Corporate Relations

My name is Mitchell Schwartz, and I am currently a Sophomore at Michigan State University pursuing a Supply Chain Management degree. Having worked jobs ranging from Swimming instructor and camp counsellor, to after school teacher, I love organizing creative events and making the world a better place. I like working with cool, down to earth people, and eating good food.

Joshua Ogundu

Director of Member Relations

Joshua Ogundu is a senior economics major with a passion for tech start ups and social activism. With his downtime he likes to chill relax and read up on other up and coming tech start ups.

Molly Duda

Director of Marketing

Molly is currently a senior a Michigan State University majoring in Economics. She currently works as Marketing Analyst for The Hatch student business incubator in East Lansing, and is looking forward to bringing her skill to the MSU Entrepreneurship Association!

Olivia Venuto

Graphic Designer

Olivia is a senior studying advertising with a creative concentration. She works as a graphic designer for the Hatch and Spartan Innovations and hopes to pursue a career in graphic design after graduation.


Application Form

Fill out the form and you are in

Application Fee: $25

Option 1: $25 for a semester membership
Option 2: $40 for a year membership

News & Events

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Donation & Promotion

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South by Southwest (SXSW)

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Valuable resources, opportunities, future partners


The Hatch

he Hatch is designed as a coworking space for area college students, which are prospective, creative, and innovative entrepreneurs ready to develop their business ideas. Hatch members share a common workspace on the third floor of 325 E. Grand River Avenue, each working on their own project, but collaborating to increase the probability of each venture’s success. Visit Website


The Hatching

The Hatching is a community effort to support and cultivate local entrepreneurs. It brings ideas from concept to reality in an effort to make the Lansing region the premier area for startup activity. It all starts with one idea. Participants can post ideas, get voted as finalists, and the top 5 will pitch to win the monthly $1000 prize. Visit Website


GreenLight Competition

The GreenLight Business Model Competition will bring together businesses that have been in existence for one year or less as new start-up ventures. This event will bring entrepreneurs from all over the State of Michigan to the East Lansing area to pitch their ideas to an amazing panel of judges with chances of winning up to $50,000 in prizes. Visit Website


The Hive

The newest addition to MSU’s entrepreneurial landscape! The Hive is a 3,800 s.f. dynamic “idea laboratory” scheduled to open Fall 2014 located in Wilson Hall. The space is equipped with the state of the art technology and a layoutScene 8 to encourage team building and idea development. The space will facilitate 100+ students and will be used as a teaching platform for faculty but also be a resource to students enrolled in accompanying course offerings. Visit Website


Startup Lansing

StarupLansing educates, connects and promotes startups in the Lansing area. As part of our mission to connect the community, we offer a weekly newsletter that features local startups, educational articles, and a summary of weekly events. Our goal is to use inbound and social media marketing tactics to grow our subscriber base, our event pool, and our community engagement. Visit Website


Start Garden

A $15,000,000 fund investing in one business idea a week. Ideas can come from anywhere. We created Start Garden as a platform for a lot of ideas to start moving forward. From those, some turn into projects. From those projects, some turn into a startup businesses. From those small businesses, some grow into big businesses. It's about focusing on the next step, and not despising the small ones. Visit Website


Startup Weekend

Our mission is to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and give them the motivation and networking they need to take the next step in creating a successful startup company. We are committed to delivering the world’s premier experiential education for entrepreneurs. No Talk. All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours. Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs Visit Website


Spartan Startup Career Fair

The Spartan Startup Career Fair specializes in connecting students with Michigan startup companies. Startups may be a small team of 3 dedicated professionals, or a large-scale team with experience in the entrepreneurial world. StartUps tend to be more nimble, work on a fast timeline, and need creative, flexible, independent problem-solvers to help make their business a success. Visit Website


Entrepreneurship Spec.

The Specialization in Entrepreneurship allows students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to take a leadership role in small and entrepreneurial businesses. Students in this specialization will be able to gain a broad knowledge of entrepreneurial business issues built upon entrepreneurially focused research in the core business disciplines including accounting, business law, finance, management, and marketing. Visit Website

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