Professor Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Phone: (314) 272-2553
Office: 355 JC Penney Building
You can download Professor Miller's CV here. 


Chris Miller is the Founder and CEO of The Mission Center L3C, Founder and Managing Member of The Mission Center Nonprofit Services LLC, Founder of The Missouri Community Healthcare Co-Op Inc. and serves as the Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship for the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Truman State University and his Masters from the University of Illinois, he was a community organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS). Through this role, he assisted hundreds of low-income social entrepreneurs start, scale and sustain non-profit organizations that were organized to address issues of common concern in their communities. 

In 2007, Miller joined Washington University in St. Louis’ Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. There, he helped develop the community based social entrepreneurship education program and oversaw the University’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition (SEIC) which awards over $200,000 a year in social venture capital. As a direct extension of his work at the University, he began to develop the concept of The Mission Center in early 2007 with his colleague, Barbara Levin.

Miller left Washington University in the summer of 2009 to join Yurbuds and worked with the rest of the management team to get through the initial product launch that resulted in the company being named Forbes Magazine’s “9th Most Promising Company in America for 2009”. After helping to launch and scale Yurbuds, Miller founded his flagship social enterprise, The Mission Center L3C, in April of 2010.

In 2011, Miller was recruited to help lead the curriculum development for the MSW/MPH social entrepreneurship specialization at Washington University's Brown School of Social Work. As Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Social Entrepreneurship Curriculum Committee for the Brown School, Miller worked with colleagues across the University, as well as practicing social entrepreneurs in the field, to develop cutting edge graduate curriculum in social entreprise, social innovation, and impact investing. In 2015, Miller left the Brown School to lead a complete overhaul of the Skandalaris Center’s Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC) and worked with his staff at The Mission Center L3C to develop a free, 22-week community-based education series for both commercial and social entrepreneurs. 

After successfully training over 115 student and community entrepreneurs through the WashU Startup Training Lab (WUSTL) and overseeing the largest SEIC competition in its history, Miller began collaborating with Dean Charlie Hoffman at the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to design, develop, and launch multiple interdisciplinary degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In close collaboration with Dan Lauer’s UMSL Accelerate and The Mission Center L3C’s Director of Education, Alice Layton, Miller continues to develop, execute, and refine a broad based ecosystem of support for UMSL students with a primary focus on curriculum, pedagogy, and in-class instruction.

University of Illinois, Springfield, IL: 2005-2007
       Master of Arts in Political Studies, magna cum laude
Truman State University, Kirksville, MO: 2000-2004
       Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science, cum laude                        
       Minors in Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, and International Studies
ENT 1001: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENT 3650: Experimental Entrepreneurship
ENT 4614: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
ENT 4001: Accelerate Capstone
EDUC/ENT 2002: Social Entrepreneurship
  • Miller, C. (2016). Millennials and Hybrids Are Here to Stay. Published on Stanford Social Innovation Retrieved here
  • Miller, C. (2016). Appeal to Millennials Minds not their Hearts. Published on Retrieved here
  • Miller, C. (2016). Social Entrepreneurship and the Fight for ROI. Published on Retrieved here
  • Miller, C. (2016). 10 Things Social Entrepreneurship Is Not.  Published on Retrieved at here
  • Miller, C. (2016). Why Social Entrepreneurship Seems Harder. Published on the Triple Retrieved here
  • Miller, C. (2016). Is All Entrepreneurship Social? Part 1 of 3.  Published on Retrieved here
  • Miller, C. (2016). “The True Costs of the Triple Bottom Line.” Published on Retrieved here
  • St. Louis Regional Chambers’ Arcus Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Inaugural Recipient: 2013
  • New Leader’s Council Award for Entrepreneurship: 2013
  •  “30 Under 30,” St. Louis Business Journal: 2011
  • St. Louis Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Business Plan Competition Winner: 2011