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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Page address: http://cob.mnsu.edu/cie/
Cultivating innovation, accelerating entrepreneurship.

  
 
The College of Business Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship's mission is to facilitate the launch of the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and dynamic organizations through education, outreach and research. We serve all students and faculty from any discipline as well as the regional community.
 

CIE Events Calendar

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For more information about CIE events, email cie@mnsu.edu.

Regular Events:

  • 1MillionCups - first Wednesday morning of each month at 8:30am
  • Social Media Breakfasts - second Friday morning of each month at 7:30am
  • SCORE meetings - first Wednesday of each month at 7:30am
  • Entrepreneurship and Enactus Club meetings - every other Thursday 5pm (Oct 19)
  • University classes - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8:30pm
 

Hours:  

  • M-F 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Mon to Weds evenings - side rooms are available until 8pm
 
Goals:
  • bring together existing innovation and entrepreneurship programs to help nurture and expand them, such as
    • the innovation & entrepreneurship minor
    • the Big Ideas Challenge
    • student entrepreneurship organizations
  • provide expanded innovation and entrepreneurship education - academic and continuing education
  • facilitate student and community innovation projects
  • foster and mentor student business launches and development
  • serve as a resource in elevating faculty innovation and research expertise

 

Dream Big, Learn Big, Go Big WorkshopOn September 25, 2017, three finalists presented their ideas for the Dream Big, Learn Big, Go Big $20,000 grant. A regional community-based leadership team selected the winners.
· Mankato Makers Guild – creating opportunities for people to make things and learn new skills.  $15,000
· Connections Rotating Shelter – a multi-church initiative to provide shelter in the Mankato area . $5,000
 This event, and the grant, are made possible by a Community Growth Initiative grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The program is designed to accelerate economic growth and foster more business activity in the 20 counties served by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.  View pictures from the June 28 workshop event. 
Main collaboration space
 
 
Due to the generous donation of space by Curt Fisher, the CIE is located in 4000 square feet on the second floor of the Hubbard Building at 424 Riverfront Drive. 
 
CIE resources include:
  • access to a wide variety of talented students
  • access to university faculty with expertise in many areas
  • a space for videotaping business pitches and presentations
  • open collaboration space where multiple groups can meet and work on projects
  • several small meeting rooms
  • prototyping materials to help teams visualize and communicate their ideas quickly
  • a 3D printer and scanner for prototype creation
  • unique spaces and furnishings to stimulate creativity
  
Community businesses and organizations
Do you have a problem you'd like a student team to work on with you? A project that needs an innovative approach or a new venture that you'd like help getting off the ground?
Or are you looking for an innovative space for your event?
 
Students and faculty
Do you have a big idea that needs resources or help to take it to the next step?
Do you need a space for a retreat or presentation?
Does your student club need a great space to meet in?
 
Address:
Hubbard Building 
424 North Riverfront Drive Suite 210
Mankato, MN 56001
Staff

The first director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Dr. Yvonne Cariveau.  Dr. Cariveau has more than 24 years of experience as the owner and President of Internet Connections, Inc. (known as VoyageurWeb from 2001 to 2016). She is a regional Internet pioneer who has worked with many area businesses and nonprofits to create their online presence. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is active in the arts and as a community leader. Dr. Cariveau has her PhD from the Carlson School of Management at the University of MN and her MBA from Minnesota State Mankato. She has been teaching Entrepreneurship for three years and taught various business courses here and at the University of MN.

Channing Pick is the Graduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow. She is a graduate student studing Communications. Channing manages the Global Entrepreneurship Week events and the Big Ideas Challenge, our business plan and pitch competition. She also works with Dr. Cariveau to advance other initiatives of the Center. Email Channing

Akrem Basha and Steven Kopelke (Marketing) are our CIE Student Assistants.  They help with planning, social media, project work and events. 

For more information about the Center, contact Dr. Yvonne Cariveau, cie@mnsu.edu or 507.389.1018.

 

Hubbard 2nd Floor Meeting Room Calendar

Email cie@mnsu.edu to reserve this room.

Within the Hubbard Building, there are multiple spaces for meetings.
First floor Fisher Conference room (Strategic Partnerships) – seats 8-10, large conference table, doors for privacy Reserve by contacting valerie.roberts@mnsu.edu
Second floor Board Room (shared building space) – seats 14-16, large board room setting with projector and speakerphone, doors for privacy, kitchen area and table for serving food/drinks. Reserve by contacting valerie.roberts@mnsu.edu
Room 204 (training room within the CIE) – seats 12 with tables moved in or 18-20 with chairs only, has camera and microphone for web conference calls, doors can be closed for privacy. Reserve by contacting cie@mnsu.edu
Room 201 (main space in the center of the CIE) seats up to 75, no camera/microphone and no doors. Reserve by contacting cie@mnsu.edu
Rooms 202 and 203 are smaller meeting spaces for 2-4 people with presentation monitors and 203 has a camera/microphone for web conference calls. Reserve by contacting cie@mnsu.edu