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    • MSU student consulting course1260 students have participated in the consulting courses.
    • The students have provided well over 20,000 hours of pro-bono business analysis
    • More than 317 clients (businesses, organizations, and non-profits) in Montana have been served including:
      RightNow Technologies
      Ligocyte Pharmaceuticals
      Zoot Enterprises
      Foundant Technologies
      Gallatin Valley Land Trust
      Bozeman Public Library
      Shakespeare in the Parks

The program was one of 19 recognized by the SBA in 2005
and 2007 for demonstrated market-based results.

The mission of the Jabs Entrepreneurship Center (JEC) is to help Montana businesses flourish by connecting them to Montana State University students and resources. The center incorporates hands-on experiential education by pairing students with start-up or growth technology companies and serves as a connection to businesses and organizations throughout Montana.

Student Consulting Projects
In BMGT 463, The Entrepreneurial Experience and BMGT 475, The Management Experience, students provide pro bono consulting to businesses and non-profit organizations every semester, including clients such as RightNow Technologies, Yellowstone Bees, and the Ellen Theater. Projects for these clients include market assessments, creating promotional materials, writing employee handbooks, and assessing the feasibility of new technologies. Students gain valuable, real-life experience working with start-up companies, while entrepreneurs gain valuable consulting for their businesses. Since 2002, when the Center was founded, more than 1,200 MSU business students have provided more than 20,000 hours of pro bono consulting, which resulted in more than 500 new jobs in these companies.

Alderson Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Each year approximately 50 students graduate with the Alderson Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. The JEC recently added two new elective classes to the 30-credit minor—Community and Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Practices—to round out this solid offering of entrepreneurship courses. The minor is open to students across campus.

Benefits to MSU Research Faculty
The JEC facilitates in helping to commercialize science that exists on campus. Research faculty in agriculture, bio-agriculture, plant-science, chemistry, engineering, and biology hold literally dozens of patents that have high commercialization value. The activities of the center will provide interaction between scientists, students and business practitioners that can help bring this science to market.

National Recognition
The center has been recognized with generous grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Labor totaling $450,000. The center received $25,000 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) (now known as VentureWell) in 2009, and has also received grants from the Kauffman and Coleman Foundations.

The Alderson Program and the Jabs Entrepreneurship Center were named by the SBA Office of Advocacy as an Economic Development Best Practices Program national finalist in 2005. The center was also a Finalist for EDA’s 2007 Excellence in Economic Development Award.

Future of the Center for Entrepreneurship
Thanks to the recent $3 million gift from Jake Jabs, the Center has permanent funding for a variety of new programs and services. Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, brings in experienced entrepreneurs to spend a week with students and faculty. The center will also provide funding for student and faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows and other opportunities in entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for more exciting news.


Other Center and Entrepreneurship Highlights:
Business student's entrepreneurship blog article featured on Huffington Post
Alum's app for reducing drunken driving accepted into prestigious accelerator program
Business alumni support entrepreneurial education at MSU with $570,000 gift
MSU alum Ryan Rickert advises budding entrepreneurs to try, try again
MSU alum and successful businessman gives more than $3 million to College of Business
College of Business Entrepreneurship Course Provides Students with Real-World Business Experience
MSU and Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West Highlighted in Entrepreneur Magazine
Jim Alderson: A Whistleblower's Odyssey