Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Opened: 2004

Cost: $7 million


Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
1201 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

Major Funding

Burton D. Morgan Foundation


16,000 assignable square feet, including space for offices, meetings and conferences.


Purdue University’s innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization and partnership programs are co-located in the Burton D. Morgan building in Discovery Park in an effort to streamline access to these programs. The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship programs are housed in the facility along with the Office for Corporate and Global Partnerships. In 2013, the Purdue Research Foundation launched the Purdue Foundry, a commercialization hub designed to enhance the University's robust entrepreneurial ecosystem involving every Purdue college, school and department. The Office of Technology Commercialization also staffs an office in the building. Burton Morgan also provides space for the Certificate for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, and the Small Business Development Office. In addition, it offers central meeting places for workshops, seminars and classes, The integration of innovation and entrepreneurship with corporate and global partnerships positions the Burton D. Morgan building in Discovery Park as Purdue’s gateway for turning research advances into new technologies, companies and products.

Unique Features

The facility includes the Venture Café, a central meeting place for faculty, staff and students to network and for more formal events and workshops in Discovery Park. An outdoor patio, overlooking the scenic Discovery Park Fountain in McGinley Plaza, provides a comfortable spot for interaction and informal meetings. The 80-seat lecture hall in Room 121 is open to campus for presentations, workshops, business-plan competition presentations and other activities. The facility won the Boston Society of Architects' 2005 Design Excellence Honor Award.


Steve Rudolph, Building Deputy