Faculty Champion:Julie Messing

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Julie Messing
Central Michigan University
Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship


Julie is an experienced entrepreneurship educator and ecosystem builder. She works closely with entrepreneurs and business leaders to bring opportunities to students as well as support entrepreneurial development across the region.

She joined the CMU team after 16 years at Kent State University where she led the development of the Kent State NEOLaunchNET program (originally Blackstone LaunchPad) that serves students and faculty from all disciplines. She also led the efforts in a grassroots initiative to create a connected innovation ecosystem across the university, and also designed, developed, and led the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation in the College of Business.

Julie is one of the founding directors of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium, for which she accepted the USASBE Innovative Pedagogy Award in 2010 and the recipient of the Paul L Pfeiffer Creative Teaching Award and the Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award. Both awards recognize faculty for excellence in teaching. Julie and her team were recipients of the 2019 Deshpande Excellence in Student Engagement award. She has also presented at multiple conferences and economic development groups.


Founding Director, LaunchNET at Kent State University (formerly Blackstone LaunchPad at Kent State), Founding Director and Former President, Entrepreneurship Education Consortium in Northeast Ohio (EEC), Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation at Kent State University

Awards and recognitions:

Paul L Pfeiffer Creative Teaching Award, Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award, Deshpande Excellence in Student Engagement Award, 2019, USASBE Innovative Pedagogy Award on behalf of the EEC, 2010

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