Two programs. An experience like no other.
Two programs. An experience like no other.
We offer two programs: Startup and Accelerate. Both of our programs are built on the ideals of our foundation. By joining the Detroit Entrepreneurship Network, members will develop skills for long-term professional success whether in academics, business, or any chosen career path. These skills are applicable to any industry - business or otherwise.
The goal of our Startup program is to provide you with all the necessary tools and knowledge to start your own business from scratch. When you join our program, you'll meet life-long friends, a strong network with potential employers, and receive a ton of high-quality, helpful information.
Our newest program, Accelerate, is for advanced students looking to commit themselves and their business to hitting the big time. You'll get to work with our talented team on a ongoing basis, receiving consulation and support on taking your awesome plan and building the real business.
Please note that when applying to DEN you're joining our community and will automatically enter the Startup program. Our Accelerate program is available on an invitation-only basis to students who have completed the Startup program.
Our Startup programs consists of three main components to help our students get the most from out of it: your ideas, your network, and your learning.
To succeed, your business must be something you're passionate about. We center our program around your ideas. We want to give you the skills to build your fashion boutique, your high tech start-up, your taco truck - whatever it is that you'd love to build. And no you don't need to have an idea to apply to our program, join us and we'll help you get those gears turning!
Pro-tip: You can't do it all on your own. You're going to need help from others to start your business. Our community is full of talented, motivated peers that you'll get to know and work with. In addition, our team will be there to support you and you'll even be assigned your own mentor for individualized attention. From your peers to business leaders in Detroit, our network is filled with professionals who are as committed to you as they are to revitalizing Detroit.
We developed our program to help you learn effectively. Our program consists of a series of engaging workshops comprised of team building activities, group and individual tasks, discussions, guest speakers, and field trips.
Throughout our curriculum, our students learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a successful business and gain the confidence and resources necessary to improve their communities. Key learning points include ideation, consumer discovery, marketing, management, and pitching. Our curriculum is comprised of lessons, lectures, and activities from the Ross School of Business, Professionals in Detroit, and our own experiences. Other components include résumé workshops for professional development and financial literacy.
Our program will begin with the first workshop on Sunday, November 12th, 2017. Please note that almost all workshops will be held on a Sunday from 2PM - 4PM. Students are required to attend a majority of the workshops, so please keep in mind any potential conflicts. Scroll through the calendar below to see the date and time of each event. You can also view the details of each workshop. Alternatively, to see a list format of this calendar please click here.
Our Accelerate program is starting this year! The newest DEN members will have an opportunity to further advance their businesses by receiving one-on-one mentorship from the DEN team. More information will be available to eligible participants.
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1. Who is eligible to apply?
Any high schoolers, entering 9th to 12th grade in the upcoming fall school year, in the southeast Michigan area.
2. When does the application open?
The 2018 application window will open this fall. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you'll be notified about important deadlines.
3. I'm confused. Do I apply to DEN, the Startup program, or the Accelerate program?
When you apply, you are applying to DEN. Once accepted you're immediately part of our group which means you'll have access to DEN events, resources, and more. Upon acceptance you are also automatically admitted into the Startup program. If you believe that you are prepared for our Accelerate program, you can meet with us to review your existing business plan, although, we highly recommend that everybody goes through our Startup program. You'll learn a lot you didn't already know!
4. What does it cost to join DEN or any of its programs?
DEN is absolutely free and we provide our programs at no charge through grants received. Additionally, we subsidize transportation costs, if necessary, and organize carpools and rides for students. We make sure that no financial barrier limits access for students to DEN.
5. When do DEN and its programs run?
Our community is available all year long for support, networking, events, etc. Our Startup program runs from mid-Fall to early Spring. All members who join DEN in a certain year will be eligible participate in the Startup program beginning that fall. Our Accelerate program is an invitation-only program and scheduling is determined with each business team.