Event Calendar

Nov2

For many startups, a key component of their overall value is their intellectual property. Whether it is a novel technology that should be patented or a strong brand that needs to be protected, entrepreneurs need to know how to secure their intellectual property, especially if they plan to seek venture capital.

Nov3

Develop your own authentic story that conveys not only who you are and what you do, but also communicates to the world what you stand for and your current life purpose.

Nov9

Michigan Investment Challenge is U-M’s investor competition in which students play the role of venture capitalists. Student teams evaluate real investment options presented by motivated entrepreneurs and decide where to invest their firm’s money. Judges are real VCs.

Nov9

Your Shopify store isn't going to manage itself. The purpose of this session is to help you unlock new tools and perspectives so you can utilize Shopify to its fullest extent. Please come prepared with questions.

Nov10

Learn the best sources and processes for going after funding whether it's Friends and Family, grants, loans, or venture capital. We will talk about the different sources and how to go after these funds and stay sane while doing it. Fundraising can be very arduous, so having a process and the right mindset can make all the difference.

Nov15

Travel to Silicon Valley with the Zell Lurie Institute to connect with leading founders, CEOs, executives, and investors, all of whom hail from the University of Michigan. See what it's like behind-the-scenes at some of the most innovative companies and venture capital firms on the West Coast.

Nov17

This year's Women Who Fund Forum is stepping out and stepping up to make a difference in the lives of businesswomen, entrepreneurs, and investors in our community through knowledge sharing, networking, and connection.

Nov17

This 90-minute 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.

Nov28

In this workshop, we'll focus on the format used for Round Two of the Michigan Business Challenge: a live 3-minute pitch in front of a panel of judges, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A with judges. We'll discuss how to build and deliver an effective venture pitch with no slides, props, or demos.

Nov29

If you ever want to raise money, or if you're thinking about investing in a startup, you'll need to have a conversation about how much the new venture is worth. How much is it worth now? How much might it be worth in the future? And what would have to happen between now and then to make that future vision a reality?