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 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 Ph.D. 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.


Devin Pierson is a graduate student studying Business. Devin manages the Global Entrepreneurship Week events and the Big Ideas Challenge, our new venture competition. He also works with Dr. Cariveau to advance other initiatives of the Center.


  • Prerna Somaiya

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