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Craig Silvernagel

Craig Silvernagel


Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management

Office Building

Harding Hall



Mailing Address

Harding Hall 137
Economics-Box 2220
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Craig Silvernagel is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. His experience in higher education includes roles as an academic program director and entrepreneurship department chair. His primary teaching interests include new venture creation, entrepreneurial finance, and innovation. Craig’s scholarly activity focuses on intellectual property & entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and entrepreneurship program development.

In addition to his work in higher education, Craig co-founded and operated his own venture (Ad Monkeys, Inc., a marketing and commercial art/production firm) for seven years prior to selling his interest. Craig grew up in a family business environment where his parents co-owned and operated a custom plastic injection-molding manufacturing firm in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metro area (Duo Plastics, Inc.) that employed around 100 people. Craig earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota.


B.B.A. - Marketing, University of North Dakota (1992)
M.B.A. - University of North Dakota (1995)
Ph.D. - Teaching & Learning, Higher Education Focus, University of North Dakota (2014)

Academic Responsibilities

BADM 101: Survey of Business
ENTR 237: Entrepreneurship Development
ENTR 338: New Venture Creation
ENTR 410: Entrepreneurial Finance
ENTR 485: Entrepreneurial Studies Capstone
BADM 485: Business and Financial Decisions in a Global Economy
MGMT 788: Mater's research Problems/Projects
MGMT 792: Graduate Capstone "


McKillip, A., Cutler, K., Letcher, T., & Silvernagel, C. (2021). Living and Working in Space – Children’s Museum Traveling Exhibit Design. SD Space Grant Consortium.

McKillip, A., Cutler, K. Letcher, T., Lucchesi, R., Silvernagel, C. (2018). Rich Normality Design Collaborative. South Dakota Community Innovation Grant, Bush Foundation.

Silvernagel, C. & Mettler, C. (2015). NSF Pathways to Innovation.

Professional Memberships

Member of Society for Effectual Entrepreneurship

Area(s) of Research

Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property
Entrepreneurial Finance
Entrepreneurship Education

Applications of Research

Silvernagel, C. A., Olson, M. R., & Stupnisky, R. H. (2021). Mine, yours, or ours? Perceptions of student-created intellectual property ownership. Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, 4(3), 204-224. (First published August 16, 2019).

Clement, T. & Silvernagel, C. (2019). A conceptual framework of entrepreneurial finance. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, 2(4), 308-332.

Silvernagel, C., Langelett, G. & Tande, B. (2018). The new intellectual property race: Run, walk, or sit it out? Entrepreneur perceptions of the America Invents Act. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 7(2), 106-116.

Clement, T., LeMire, S., & Silvernagel, C. (2015). The bias in favor of venture capital finance in US entrepreneurial education: At the expense of trade credit. Journal of Education for Business, 5, 233-240.