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Doan Winkel

Doan Winkel

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Illinois State University

Normal, Other

I am an entrepreneur and an educator. I help people create more meaningful futures.




In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists Eric Hoffer – social writer and philosopher
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I want to change the world by motivating younger generations to take the future in their own hands and create something glorious. My passion and sweet spot is breaking down processes into small experiences, flipping those experiences, and reassembling the process as something much more impactful.

I have it! Honest. I get to spend my days mentoring and learning from a constant flow of younger generations of innovators and disruptors

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow

Create and take responsibility for leadership development gatherings and trainings, conduct research on entrepreneurial leadership

USASBE Launch!

Co-Creator and Organizer

USASBE Launch! is an exciting global student startup competition designed to provoke and reward undergraduate students from any discipline who can

1) design an impactful idea,
2) identify, test and validate business model hypotheses using customer development tools, and
3) show traction which measures how well a startup is delivering its business model and how well the target demographic is accepting that business model

This competition brings together the network of over 1,000 collegiate educator members of USASBE, the student membership of the 750 chapters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO), the 1,200 members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the international entrepreneurship educator reach of ICSB, and the hundreds of arts educators from Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA), among others, in an annual competition that seeks to foster business development through entrepreneurship and to create a global mentorship network to assist student entrepreneur teams.

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The George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Associate Director of Programs

Developing programs to spread entrepreneurship across the campus of Illinois State University, and to build bridges between ISU and the Bloomington-Normal community


SproutEcon, LLC


A revolutionary regional economic development platform driven by an online intern place where careerists and business owners connect and grow with mini projects

Illinois State University

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Developing and delivering experiential entrepreneurship education that encourages undergraduate students to practice entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Education Project

Founder and Director

We are a community of professors from over 400 universities across over 70 countries interested in developing and delivering impactful entrepreneurship education.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - School of Business Administration

PhD, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior

Colorado State University

Master of Business Administration (MBA)