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Neil Kane - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Neil Kane Neil Kane

Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation | Michigan State University


Kane is MSU's first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship.





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Startup Cafe: Neil Kane



Kane is MSU's first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship. An experienced entrepreneur, business executive and Forbes contributor, his goal is to create a unified entrepreneurship strategy and introduce new programs, courses and initiatives focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. Kane has held entrepreneurship positions at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northern Illinois University. He was the founding CEO of several venture capital-backed companies in fields as diverse as consumer products, energy storage and nanomaterials. Kane was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum, was recognized for outstanding entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Research and Science Education on topics related to technology transfer and commercialization.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (5)

SBIRs Technology Commercialization Startups Venture Capital Small Business

Education (2)

University of Chicago: MBA, Finance and Policy Studies 1991

Included a semester as an exchange student at the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of New South Wales) in Sydney, Australia and a scholarship to the Institute for International Studies and Training in Fujinomiya, Japan.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: B.S., Mechanical Engineering 1985

News (3)

14 Spartans to Attend Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

MSU Today  online


Ten teams, consisting of 14 Spartans, have been selected to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting at Northeastern University in Boston.

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Neil Kane: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

360 Perspective  online


The traditional career path is an anachronism. Stats show 40 to 50 percent of students entering college in 2016 will be self-employed or will freelance at some point in their careers, according to a study commissioned by Intuit. The economy, students’ desires and the world’s expectations of students are all very different than what I faced when I graduated college.

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MSU First Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Director to Create Innovative Culture

MSU Today  online


Michigan State University has named a point person to continue developing a campuswide culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among its undergraduate students.

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