Paul Jaques is the Burgess Institute’s Managing Director for Venture Creation at Michigan State University. Paul works directly with Spartan student venturers as they take their ideas to market reality.
Paul brings a long track record of successful venture creation, with several startups of his own, including CarTropic.com- making the way people buy cars easier, a recruiting firm WeConnectTalent, Brickshield, a semi-permanent adhesive for plastic brick toys like Lego, Three8, 3PL, a logistics and e-commerce company. He’s also an early-stage investor and Venture Partner with Exit Quotient Ventures, an early stage fund located in Lansing, MI. He serves as an advisor for several startups, and, in his spare time, wrote a children’s book, Best Friend Dad.
Before the Burgess Institute’s formation, Paul worked at Spartan Innovations as the Director of Student & Community Engagement. He also served as the Associate Director of Business & Career Engagement for MSU Career Services.
He is the co-creator of Art Alley, NeoCenter, YSG, the Hatching, Conquer Accelerator, and the Momentum Pre-Accelerator. Paul earned his Bachelor’s in Advertising/PR from Grand Valley State University and his Master’s in Public Relations from Michigan State University.
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