Student Entrepreneurship

Students from all backgrounds are interested in entrepreneurship because what it really means is leadership, collaboration and innovation. Regardless of whether you are ready to start your own venture or just interested in working for yourself someday, consider attending events on campus and in the community to learn about entrepreneurship or help someone with their idea.

The mid-Missouri region has long been a hotbed of student entrepreneurship, as students of all campuses engage with the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region. There are a number of organizations, events, and programs that students can utilize to get help with their idea or learn more about entrepreneurship.

Each year in the Spring, the Regional Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) organizes an entrepreneurship conference and pitch event with local partners like CORE. Columbia Startup Weekend & Hack Mizzou are held in the fall and are open to students from all schools. These events provide an intense dive into creating a new business or idea and forming teams with people with different strengths.

The SBTDC is a free resource for all types of students throughout the state of Missouri. Advisors are trained in developing your idea by meeting individually to talk through issues, teach entrepreneurial skills, and also connect you with other resources. On campus resources like student groups, faculty, and even Alumni can help you develop your idea or interest in owning your own business.