Southeast Missouri State University Leading Missouri into Global Entrepreneurship Week


by News Bureau on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 11, 2011 – The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized as the top partner in the state of Missouri for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

This announcement is based on the level of activity celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs Nov. 11-19. Southeast’s CIE already has 10 events on the schedule. According to the Kauffman Foundation website, in addition to the CIE being ranked as the number one partner in the state, Missouri is ranked as the third most active state in the nation in terms of events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“There is a growing movement of entrepreneurial people generating new ideas and seeking better ways of doing things in all sectors of our economy and society,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of Southeast’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative that inspires people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity – to think big; to turn their ideas into reality; to make their mark,” he said. “We have structured events that will engage participants in various dimensions of entrepreneurship, including segments on entrepreneurship for women; entrepreneurship in the arts; a spotlight on local entrepreneurship; an opening keynote by Karla Bakersmith, a Southeast alumna and president of Scrubs and Beyond; and a keynote address by Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of the recently released book ‘Who Owns the Ice House?’”

Global Entrepreneurship Week, now in its fourth year at Southeast, will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators and to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and culture.

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services.  The CIE supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to accelerate economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the southeast region.

For more information about the CIE and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, contact (573) 651-2929 or visit