Welcome to the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Our team believes it is more important than ever for individuals, businesses and communities to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit in order to maintain a high standard of living in the increasingly competitive global economy.
Whether you are a student in our secondary or postsecondary education programs who is trying to prepare for the new economy, an individual who dreams of starting a business, someone with an idea that might lead to a breakthrough, an existing business owner who wants to expand, or a leader that wants to develop opportunities for your community, we are committed to supporting you.
Please contact us so we can learn more about how we can serve you.
James L. Stapleton, Ph.D.
Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
To support the University’s strategic priority to advance Southeast Missouri’s economic appeal and strength by leading in the development of an increasingly entrepreneurial economy that inspires and encourages individuals to adopt a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship stimulates entrepreneurial growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities, and businesses in Southeast Missouri and beyond by:
Accelerating EntrepreneurshipProviding entrepreneurial training programs, venture mentoring services, and venture incubation that lead to the creation of an increasing number of new ventures.
Cultivating Innovative EntrepreneurshipConnecting faculty, students, researchers, and inventors with resources to transfer ideas to commercial products, processes, and services.
Facilitating Existing Small Business GrowthProviding business training, counseling, and mentoring services that increase the sustainability of new ventures and growth of existing and emerging enterprises.
Building & Strengthening NetworksConnecting innovators, entrepreneurs, and communities with resources that accelerate venture creation and growth and development of an entrepreneurial culture.
Inspiring and Educating Young EntrepreneursProviding K-12 and postsecondary student’s education and practical experiences that inspires them to adopt a philosophy of entrepreneurship in their personal and professional lives, encourages them to create new ventures, and equips them for careers in the new economy.
Building Knowledge About EntrepreneurshipConducting scientific and practical research that leads to publications in academic and professional journals and contribute to the growing body of literature concerning the teaching, practice, and science of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Recognition and Awards
The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives for excellence in the development of programs and services the Center delivers. Since opening in 2003, the Center has been the recipient of numerous awards, nominations and recognition.
Most recently, the Center was listed by the Kauffman Foundation as the top partner in the state of Missouri for Global Entrepreneurship Week(GEW). The Kauffman Foundation founded GEW in 2008 to develop young people’s knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises. Based on the level of activity celebrating GEW, Southeast Missouri State University has ranked high nationally in the four years since it started and was named a Distinguished Partner in the USA.
- Southern Growth Policies Board 2012 Innovator Award
- Global Entrepreneurship Week Distinguished Partner/USA 2010
- Douglas C. Greene Scholarship Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurialism
- Douglas & Heather Greene Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies
- James L. Stapleton Scholarship
- Training Model for MO Division of Workforce Development 2006-2009
- Southeast Illinois College’s 2008 Business of the Year
- Regional Exemplary Practices Model, Missouri Governor’s Summit 2008
- U.S. Department of Labor Best Practices Presenter 2010
- UEDA Summit Best Practices Presenter 2010
- Delta Regional Authority Leadership Institute Model Program Speaker 2007, 2008, 2010