MSU Conquer Accelerator

Economic Development Organization

MSU Conquer Accelerator

Designed to help both newer and established companies overcome business hurdles, the Conquer Accelerator emphasizes smart planning and growth. Built with a strong bench of more than 40 entrepreneur and business leader mentors, each of the ten weeks in the Conquer program focuses on completing specific goals, as well as working with mentors and instructors on topics like fundraising, technology, and sustainability. The Conquer Accelerator is a collaborative effort between Michigan State University, the MSU Foundation, Spartan Innovations and MSU Federal Credit Union.



  • Tom Stewart
    Accelerator Manager, MSU Conquer Accelerator
  • Jesse Flores
    Entrepreneur-in-Residence, MSU Conquer Accelerator
  • Paul Jaques
    Director of Student and Community Engagement, Spartan Innovations (Grand Rapids SmartZone)

Company Stages Served

  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Seed

Industry Sectors Served

  • Alternative Energy
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Other

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Business Retention/Expansion/Attraction
  • Capital

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