Event Calendar

Jan15

Join us to learn about our program and application process for receiving venture shaping and Applebaum Dare to Dream startup grants. This program supports U-M students through the business creation process by providing startup workshops, mentoring, and funding of $300-$5,000. Grants are awarded fall and winter terms.

Jan22

The ZLI Internship program helps startup companies and venture capital firms hire Ross School of Business students for a 12-week, hands-on work experience during the summer. Come learn about the internship application process, as well as student-initiated internships and self-hosted internships.

Feb3

This workshop will explore what a business model is; why a strong model is absolutely critical to anyone interested in launching a new product, service, business, or social venture; and how to develop an effective business model.

Feb4

This workshop will help entrepreneurs understand how to evaluate the market for their product or service. Is it big and exciting enough for you to pursue? For investors to get excited about? Weʼll look at proven approaches to conducting secondary and primary research, in order to glean answers to key questions such as: How big is my market?

Feb5

Customer discovery is a critical activity that allows you to develop and test hypotheses about your new business or social venture. This 90-minute workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and tools to conduct effective customer discovery.

Feb12

This workshop will help new entrepreneurs understand the different types and sources of funding. Weʼll cover everything from bootstrapping and crowdfunding to angel investors and venture capital. Youʼll learn about key concepts, essential vocabulary, and much more...

Feb17

This workshop will expose participants to several tools that can be useful in evaluating the financial viability of a startup business. The session will provide a brief overview of analytic tools to help address these key questions: How much money will it take to launch my company?

Feb18

This workshop will explore the various tools and approaches entrepreneurs use to communicate with investors, all examined through a common framework.  We’ll discuss elevator pitches, executive summaries, investor slide decks, business plans and other elements – the requirements for each, and how they can all work together in a powerful and coher

Feb21

Attend the Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) Finals to discover innovative University of Michigan entrepreneurs.

Feb24

This workshop will introduce what you need to know about financial statements for a startup company including the three core financial statements (income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet), how to make projections, and what investors look for in startup financials.