A program like no other.
A program like no other.
We built our program around our foundation. The DEN program consists of three main components to help our students get the most from out of it: your ideas, your network, and your learning.
The goal of our program is to provide you with tools for long-term professional success whether in your academics, your business, or your separate career path. These tools can be brought to any industry - business or otherwise. 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.
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 sophisticated 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!
You're going to need help 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 parts include résumé workshops for professional development and financial literacy.
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 application usually opens in the early fall. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you'll be notified when it does!
3. What does it cost to join?
DEN is absolutely free and we provide our program 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.