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“What’s emerging in the field of innovation is the necessity of having a lot of cross-discipline cooperation,” MSU’s new director of undergraduate entrepreneurship Neil Kane tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “It doesn’t make sense on any level to isolate entrepreneurism and believe that it maps to a traditional academic discipline or college.

“My goal is to turn potential energy into kinetic energy, and I’m really trying to inspire and motivate undergraduates to expose themselves to entrepreneurship while they’re here. That includes touching the curriculum and creating new programs so that there’s a way for students to engage academically and not just have all the opportunities be extracurricular.”

Kane explains what he means by “founder dating” and adds that “the skills that you develop as an entrepreneur serve you well inside large organizations” no matter what career path one chooses to pursue.

Kane says 40 percent of the class of 2020 will be self-employed at some point in their careers “so we have to change the way students are prepared for their professional lives and entrepreneurship is a big part of that.”

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