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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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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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Regular Events:



  • M-F 8:30am-5:30pm   (when Minnesota State Univ is in session)
  • Mon and Weds evenings - side rooms are available until 8pm for quiet meetings
  • 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, were 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 Foundation.  View pictures from the June 28 workshop. 
Main collaboration space
Due to the generous donation of space by Curt and Debbie 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 talented students
  • access to university faculty experts
  • a space for videotaping business pitches and presentations
  • open collaboration space where multiple groups can meet and work on projects
  • several meeting rooms
  • prototyping materials to help teams visualize and communicate ideas
  • 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?

We are seeking organizations who would like to offer their services and resources at a reduced or pro-bono rate to help entrepreneurs grow.  Contact us at

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?
Hubbard Building 
424 North Riverfront Drive Suite 210
Mankato, MN 56001

The first director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Dr. Yvonne Cariveau.  Dr. Cariveau has more than 25 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 organizations to create their online presence. She has served on numerous boards and is active 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 since 2015 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 (IT) 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 or 507.389.1018.


Hubbard 2nd Floor Meeting Room Calendar

Within the Hubbard Building, there are multiple spaces for meetings. Request a room reservation here.
First floor Fisher Conference room (Strategic Partnerships) – seats 8-10, large conference table, doors for privacy Reserve by contacting or use the link above.
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 or use the link above.
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. 
Room 201 (main space in the center of the CIE) seats up to 75, no camera/microphone and no doors. 
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.