Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship, as defined by dictionary.com, is “the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit”.  At Mizzou, there are many great opportunities for young aspiring creatives– people who want to take a leap and start something impactful. Within the MU Student Center, there are many students who have done just so.

The program that allows students to market their self-made items is called the Entrepreneurial Program. Through this program, companies like “What’s Poppin,” “Lost in the Sauce,” and “Sweet Tea Cosmetics” have been created. A downloadable application packet can be found on the website if this is something that sparks your interest. You may be wondering though, how does one start a company? How does one create a product or handle a business? Here at Mizzou, there are many wonderful opportunities for you!

  1. The Entrepreneurship Alliance through the Trulaske College of Business gives students the opportunity to execute ideas that have been cultivated through their coursework and life experiences. Not only do faculty and staff walk with you through the process, they connect you with alumni and other students who have gone through this process, giving you the tools you need to thrive.
  2. If your major is something other than Business or Entrepreneurship, but you still have a strong desire to one day create something of your own, Mizzou offers a minor specifically in entrepreneurship.  The minor consists of 16 credit hours and contains classes such as creative writing, computer design and new business management.
  3. Reach out to staff and alumni. On the website for entrepreneurship and innovation, there is a list of affiliated faculty; they likely have a lot of advice to give on how to make your innovative dreams come true.

It is best to be proactive now about making your ideas come to life. Take advantage of the resources here at Mizzou and start your path to creating change!