Are you interested in starting your own company?
Do you want to work for an entrepreneurial venture?

Students presenting to a clientJabs has a number of courses that will help prepare you for a successful career. For example, you get to work directly with entrepreneurs when you take "The Entrepreneurial Experience."

Our Entrepreneurship minor is open to ALL MSU students interested in gaining practical management skills. In the class, BMGT 463: The Entrepreneurial Experience, students are paired with a local company to learn first-hand which skills are needed to solve business issues dealing with management, marketing, and finance. This class places students in the position of consultants to start-up companies while they work in a small team with other students and the members of the firm to which they are assigned.

While BMGT 463 is a required course for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management minor, it is an invaluable experience to all students interested in entrepreneurial ventures. Students deepen their understanding of starting a business while attaining essential on-the-job experience. In the past, students have worked on projects dealing with product-value analysis, market research, and venture capital funding. The skills learned through this course at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship are important tools that will help each student to stand out to prospective employers and to begin their own business ventures. We encourage students from all colleges at MSU to enroll in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Minor or to take "The Entrepreneurial Experience."

Many students choose to participate in an internship opportunity with a local business. We interviewed senior business student, Ellie Van Dyke about her internship experience:

London Study Abroad Program

The Jabs Entrepreneurship Center continues to offer an Entrepreneurial and Small Business Experience trip to London, England. It is a 3 credit class in the spring with travel that summer. The next cohort of students were to visit London in May 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a cancelled trip.

This program is coordinated by Mike Gold, assistant teaching professor of marketing. The two-week trip is organized between the Jabs Entrepreneurship Center (JEC) and International Studies Abroad (ISA).

Students and faculty in London, Summer 2019

Photo of the 2019 group in London.


To expand upon entrepreneurship and international business opportunities, Gary Bishop, an associate teaching professor of management, coordinated a trip to London, England, June 2016. Eleven MSU students joined Gary on the two-week trip organized between the Jabs Entrepreneurship Center (JEC) and International Studies Abroad (ISA). This trip has continued every summer, now led by Mike Gold.

Click here for the 2016 photos.

Click here for the Summer 2017 trip photos.