Ken Szymusiak is Managing Director of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Burgess IEI) at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. The Burgess IEI is charged with developing and supporting entrepreneurship within the business college, as well as throughout the university's student body, through the development of curriculum, events, and entrepreneurial support structures. Additionally, Ken teaches coursework focused on the entrepreneurial mindset, small business creation and management, as well as business model development. Ken also manages the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab, an innovative student “idea laboratory” assisting students in moving business concepts from idea to market. He also serves as faculty advisor for the following student organizations: MSU Entrepreneurship Association, Phi Chi Theta business fraternity, and MSU Design for America. He joins Conquer Accelerator's fourth cohort as Venture Advisor-in-Residence.
Ken earned his Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and his MBA from Northwood University. Prior to joining MSU, Ken had a career in economic development and real estate. He and his wife founded and operated a successful retail business for over seven years prior to selling the company.