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The Dow Entrepreneurship Institute at SVSU was funded by the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation. The institute stimulates creation of new business ventures, serves as a resource for research activities aimed at business innovation, and provides internship opportunities with area businesses for student entrepreneurs.

The Dow Entrepreneurship Institute works closely with faculty teaching Entrepreneurship at SVSU to accomplish the goals of the Institute. It assists by supervising and mentoring student projects, developing new opportunities for students such as the creation of business plans for competition or a new start-up, elevator pitch competitions, business concept competitions and serves as an institutional resource to promote and support entrepreneurship initiatives among SVSU students, faculty, and the region. The Institute also participates in assisting and coordinating with academic units to develop Entrepreneurship curriculum at SVSU. It implements strategies and develops outreach to advance and engage students and faculty in the area of entrepreneurship among the community.