Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship &
Innovation Broad College of Business
Michigan State University
Adaptive Leadership With Inspired Innovation
Monday Oct. 15, 2018
Ken Szymusiak is Managing Director of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (IEI) at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.
The IEI is charged with developing and supporting entrepreneurship within the student body of Michigan State University through the development of curriculum, events, and entrepreneurial support structures.
In this capacity, Ken teaches coursework focused on entrepreneurial mindset, small business creation and management, and business model development at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Ken also works at Spartan Innovations where he mentors students in moving business concepts from idea to market. He also serves as faculty co-advisor for the MSU Design for American student organizations.
Prior to joining MSU, Ken had very successful career in economic development and as a small business owner. He and his wife sold their retail business after seven successful years and are actively exploring their next entrepreneurial adventure.
Ken also served as Co-Director at the New Economy Division at the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) where he co-managed a technology focused business incubator and worked to develop a culture of entrepreneurship in the greater Lansing region.
Ken received his MBA from Northwood University and his Bachelors in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.