The Griggs Innovators Nexus, in partnership with the Missouri Student Unions and U.S. Bank, offers retail spaces that Mizzou students can use to operate their own businesses inside the MU Student Center. Each 300-square-foot space is rent- and utility-free for one year and comes as a “white canvas” for entrepreneurs to design with their business needs in mind.

A committee will review applications and select finalists, who will give a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. The top student ventures will be awarded a retail space for the next academic year. Each will be asked to sign a memorandum of understanding with the university that covers the space terms of use.

Students selected for the spaces receive hands-on experience, including developing and pitching a business plan, leading a team, designing a space, marketing and logistics. They also are encouraged to seek a mentor. U.S. Bank generously provides each business with $2,000 for start-up costs, a Square credit card reader and an iPad to manage sales.

2023 timeline

  • January
    Application available.
  • March 
    Applications due.
  • April 
    Finalists give a 10-15-minute presentation followed by Q&A.
  • April
    Winners notified and awarded space for the next academic year.
  • August
    Space available for use.

For more information, please email innovators@missouri.edu.


Contact Us

1210 MU Student Center
Email: innovators@missouri.edu Phone: 573-882-2073