Introducing Ignite Entrepreneurs @ MSU!

You spoke loud and clear!

The world is changing fast and presenting new challenges that require innovative ways to look at opportunities, effective tools delivered in hybrid formats, expert advice, and a diverse community that helps you take your idea or business to the next level.

We heard you!

Our new Ignite Entrepreneurs @ MSU program was created to offer you that and more, and it will bring together students and business owners in forums and formats never done before.

Ignite Entrepreneurs @ MSU will consist of:
  • A self-paced, hybrid Learning and Community Platform
  • Mentorship by expert entrepreneurs and faculty members
  • Seed funding and investment
  • Real-world application via events, speakers, masterminds and community meetups

You will walk away from the program with valuable experiences and an expanded skillset.

Our program will support you to:
  • Expand your critical thinking
  • Better manage your finances
  • Build a business plan
  • Market your idea
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Build your network
  • Launch and Grow your business

This program consists of self-spaced learning fully accessible through on-demand, virtual content, combined with expert and faculty guidance, community events in hybrid settings, and opportunity to pitch for seed funding.

First cohort starts April 2022, at no cost to students or businesses in the community. If interested apply below and we will be in touch with you.

Business Idea? Apply Here!Existing Business? Apply Here!

Questions? Please contact us at: entrepreneurs@montclair.edu


Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021: An Amazing Celebration!

Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021 was a huge success! From October 18th – October 22nd, over 250 colleges and universities from around the globe celebrated female founders in their communities!

On October 20th we held our Women Entrepreneurship Week hybrid event on MSU’s campus and were inspired and awed by conversations with some of the most amazing female founders, innovators and entrepreneurs like: Bobbi Brown, Melissa Gorga, Rebekah Borucki and many more!

If you missed our event, make sure to check out the full livestream! 

It’s never too early to start planning for WEW 2022. If you would like to discuss or brainstorm how you can bring WEW to your campus or university, please contact us at: entrepreneurs@montclair.edu


Our Mission and Values

The Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation is a collaborative and dynamic community, bringing together innovative thinking, roadmap design, mentorship and funding, to support current and future entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their ideas. We actively work to support for profit and non-profit entrepreneurs that seek to serve the highest good.

Our values inform and infuse everything we do:

  • we encourage an entrepreneurial mindset
  • we foster a diverse and inclusive community and demand respect for all students
  • we uphold a commitment to quality
  • we believe in success for the collective, not just the individual 
  • we are committed to serving the highest good

Startup Montclair
FCE&I Annual Pitch Contest

Startup Montclair, our annual pitch contest, was held virtually on May 12th. This competition identifies the most innovative business ideas and awards cash prizes to winning teams. We were joined by a panel of esteemed judges, including leading entrepreneurs, who awarded prizes to the most compelling concepts.

Watch the full competition on our YouTube page!

Students conversing inside Montclair Innovation Lab

Academics
Go Beyond the Books

Our curriculum is founded on the core principle that problem-solving and creativity — and the ability to shape your creative ideas into successful opportunities — is the key to success in any field. Our classes are experiential and hands on, and teach students real-world skills to succeed in any career. Our students are budding actors, designers, teachers, scientists, inventors and accountants — anyone can be an entrepreneur, which is why our ENTR courses are open to any student of any major.

Concentration in EntrepreneurshipMinor in EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship CertificateInnovation Design CertificateCo-op OpportunitiesHigh School Partnerships

Programs
Printing, Pitching and Practicing

Our center places a premium on innovation design and creative problem-solving. This philosophy is infused in everything we do, but is perhaps demonstrated best in our 3D printing and digitally mediated making initiatives through our MIX Lab.

Our pitch contest, Startup Montclair, is held each spring, with prizes for the winning teams. Anyone who is a student enrolled at Montclair State or an alum is eligible to pitch in the contest.

Women Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated on campus and around the world, to inspire and motivate female founders and women leaders.

MIX LabStartup MontclairWomen Entrepreneurship Week 2021