These are frequently asked questions about the Detroit Entrepreneurship Network and our programs. Please contact us with any additional questions.
1. I am a high school student, how can I apply?
You can apply here.
2. I am a college student, how can I apply?
Please note that we are currently only accepting college students from the University of Michigan. The application on our site is ONLY for high school students who wish to join the organization. If you are a college student and interested in joining, please contact us directly and check out our MaizePaige site. Additionally, as a college student you’ll be a member of the DEN team and serve as a mentor to our high school students. At this time, our programs are NOT intended for your own startups as the curriculum is specifically designed for high school students.
3. Who is eligible to join?
Our applicants must meet the following requirements:
Must currently attend high school or a high school equivalent (9th through 12th graders in homeschool, technical schools, etc.)
Must be at least 13 years old
Must reside in the southeast Michigan area
4. When does the application open?
The 2018 application is now closed. The 2019 application will open up in the Fall of 2019. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you'll be notified when the application next goes live and stay up-to-date about important deadlines.
5. Which program should I apply to? The Startup program or the Accelerate program?
When you apply, you are applying to the our network. Upon acceptance, you are part of the DEN organization and immediately have access to all events, resources, and more. Additionally, you are automatically enrolled into the upcoming Startup program.
6. Are there any fees to join?
No! DEN is absolutely free. We are subsidized through a host of grants from the University of Michigan and other organizations. As part of our mission, we make sure that no financial barrier limits our students’ access to DEN.
7. Are there any costs to enroll in our programs?
Nope! All DEN programs are free. As part of our mission, we make sure that no financial barrier limits our students’ access to DEN.
8. When do DEN and its programs run?
Our network is active all year long with mentorship support, networking, events, etc. Our Startup program runs from mid-Fall to early Spring.
9. Where do workshops take place?
We host our workshops at various venues in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Most of our workshops are held in the Madison Building in Detroit and we occasionally host workshops at the Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor.
10. Wow, that’s far. I’m going to need a ride, can you help?
For sure! We often assist our students with transportation solutions. DEN helps organize carpools among students or find available public transportation options. As part of our mission to ensure sure that no financial barrier limits our students’ access to DEN, we also subsidize transportation costs. Please contact us if you have any transportation concerns.
11. What time are workshops?
Each workshop takes place on Sundays from 2-4pm.
12. Do I have to have an idea to join?
No! We’re ready to accept all motivated students who are willing to put in the effort. People have cool new ideas all the time, but what separates a successful student is one that works hard to make it happen.