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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Serving the students and faculty of Minnesota State University, Mankato and the broader regional community, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was formally established in November, 2016.
It's mission is to facilitate the launch of the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and dynamic organizations through education, outreach and research.
The CIE will:
  • 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
  • serve as a resource in elevating faculty innovation and research expertise through grants and entrepreneurship training
Through the generous donation of space by Curt Fisher, the CIE will be located in 4000 square feet on the second floor of the Hubbard Innovation Building at 424 Riverfront Drive. View video of building
That space will contain resources to help accomplish the mission and goals stated above. Those resources will include:
  • the Small Business Development Center
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) counselors
  • access to university faculty with expertise in many areas
  • a space for videotaping business pitches and presentations
  • a large and a small training room for workshops
  • an open collaboration space where multiple groups can meet and work on projects
  • several small meeting rooms for project work in teams
  • prototyping materials to help teams visualize and communicate their ideas quickly
  • unique spaces and furnishings to stimulate creativity
The Center location is under development and is expected to open in the spring of 2017 with a grand opening for the wider regional community to be announced later.
Get Involved
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?
Students and faculty
Do you have a big idea that needs resources or help to take it to the next step?
Contact us by emailing



The first director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Dr. Yvonne Cariveau.  Dr. Cariveau has more than 23 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 working with many area businesses to create their online presence. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and his 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 two years and taught various business courses here and the University of MN in the past.


Channing Pick is the Graduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow. She is a graduate student studing Communications. Channing manages the Big Ideas Challenge, organizing student teams, judging and mentoring and the event itself in April. She also works with Dr. Cariveau to advance other initiatives of the Center. Email Channing


For more information about the Center, contact Dr. Yvonne Cariveau, or 507.389.1018.