Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri


Entrepreneurship is more than an academic discipline at Mizzou — it’s a way of life. The practice of entrepreneurship leverages theory in the classroom to turn ideas into commercial ventures.  Entrepreneurial skills are transferable no matter the size, type or scope of a business institution. The Trulaske College of Business provides a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Central Missouri is quickly becoming a great place to build a business. And the opportunities available to you can bring you one step closer to the action.

Entrepreneurship Alliance

Students positioned for entrepreneurship may apply for this select program. Members explore opportunities in business startups, franchises, and family run businesses. Students develop entrepreneurial traits such as a passion for business, tenacity despite failure, self-determination, management of risk, self-confidence, seeking opportunities, creativity, initiative, and detail orientation.

Student Angel Capital Program

This cross-disciplinary angel investment fund is managed by undergraduate and graduate students at Mizzou. By using angel and venture capital investment strategies, students are investing in high-growth Missouri start-up companies and igniting economic growth. Backed by the Trulaske College of Business and endorsed with a $50,000 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant, this program is investing in entrepreneurship while preparing students for careers in investment.

CLIMB (Collaboration, Leadership and Innovation for Missouri Business)

Designed to promote and facilitate the exchange of entrepreneurial ideas at Mizzou, CLIMB merges people with ideas and people with experience and resources to realize those ideas.

Missouri Innovation Center

MIC helps drive economic development in an effort to form a technology industry cluster in mid-Missouri. They accomplish this by creating and attracting new technology ventures that then create high-paying jobs and attract capital investment. MIC offers coaching sessions to provide opportunity assessment and business plan development.

University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a catalyst to bring a wide variety of entrepreneurial and economic development resources together, UCIE provides support and consulting for clients.

The Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations

OTMIR works to identify, assess, protect and market commercially viable intellectual property developed at Mizzou. The OTMIR evaluates new technologies, obtains patent protection where needed, identifies licensees and negotiates all intellectual property agreements.  The OTMIR offers support and guidance to new ventures formed to commercialize viable University technologies.