Michigan State University student entrepreneurs pose with ABC’s Shark Tank judges at NAMA One

#GiveGreenDay Is on Nov. 27th, 2018

Be part of giving back to your favorite Spartan passion project

By Chris Sell, Director of Alumni & Entrepreneur Engagement

Being an entrepreneur can be difficult, time-consuming, and stressful. It’s a risky proposition. Being a student entrepreneur can be all of those things and more, which is why we commend students who take on the risks of starting a company or studying entrepreneurship through experiential learning. We believe we must support the students who go the extra mile to pursue innovation outside the classroom while also maintaining a full class schedule at a world-renowned research university.

At Michigan State University, we celebrate the extraordinary. Over the last five years, we’ve invested heavily in academic programs, infrastructure, faculty, and co-curricular programming—all dedicated to student entrepreneurs. We’ve worked hard to create an award-winning standard of excellence, providing students who wish to study and/or participate in entrepreneurship the opportunities to do so.

Our first James Ian Gray Scholar, Zoe Zappitell

The student response to these investments is nothing short of astonishing: today, the MSU Hatch — our student startup incubator — now counts over 300 student startups as members; over 600 students from every academic college across campus are enrolled in the academic minor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Accomplished alumni routinely come back to MSU’s campus to guest lecture in classes, mentor startups, and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs through speaking engagements and special events. Students can now truly immerse themselves in a comprehensive program, both inside and outside the classroom, tailored to those who wish to pursue innovation or entrepreneurship.

MSU Alumnus & Entrepreneur, Justin “Bugsy” Sailor, Comes Home for Innovate State, Nov. 2018

Every year, more and more students take on the challenges of starting a company and/or studying entrepreneurship. The journey of balancing coursework and being a student entrepreneur can be daunting, posing a tough balancing act. Thankfully, at MSU, one resource we provide is the James Ian Gray Scholarship Fund for Entrepreneurial Studies. This fund awards scholarship money annually to an exemplary student who demonstrates both academic promise and genuine engagement with MSU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This scholarship fund reduces the cost of attendance at MSU and provides resources so that the awarded student can pursue innovative ideas, challenge assumptions, and strive to solve critical problems.

Each year, on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, MSU hosts a Day of Giving. Called Give Green Day, the 24-hour window is about coming together. It’s a call-to-action for our more than 550,000 alumni across the world to consider giving back to their alma mater and their fellow Spartans.

No donation is too small! In fact, Give Green Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone — students, recent graduates, seasoned professionals, and retirees alike — to make an impact. By giving an online donation, you can support the program or project of your choosing.

This year, on Tuesday, November 27th, we hope you will consider giving to the James Ian Gray Scholarship Fund for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll continue to read about success stories of former Ian Gray Scholarship recipients and how their engagement with entrepreneurship at MSU has impacted their lives for the better. We hope you are inspired as we are—and we hope you will help us support the next generation of game-changers, innovators, and doers.

So, mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 27, and use the link below to support MSU students on #GiveGreenDay.

On behalf of your fellow Spartans: Thank you in advance for your support!

GIVE HERE: https://go.msu.edu/LTH