Starting a business is hard. Starting a business while you’re in high school is even harder. With class, homework, sports, clubs, and all your other commitments, it’s amazing you’ve even considered starting your own business. However, that’s what makes you standout. Putting up the effort to build an idea into a startup is a work-intensive, nonstop, yet invaluable experience. You’ll learn along the way determination, creativity, flexibility, innovation, perseverance, and a host of other values essential for a successful career. You’ll gain an understanding of your product and market that will put your experience years ahead of your peers and competition. Entrepreneurial skills such as leadership, communication, and collaboration are increasingly important in today’s economy. Top employers are looking for candidates with these skills. Better yet, with all these skills you can be your own employer.

That sounds great, but how do I get started?

That’s where the Detroit Entrepreneurship Network comes in. The core of our mission is to help you through the startup process, taking an idea and building a business from it. This includes navigating all the challenges that come along with it. While we provide workshops that teach the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship, we specifically designed our network to provide tailored support to each student. Since no two entrepreneurs are the same, no two entrepreneurs will have the exact same set of obstacles. You’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a member of our team of University of Michigan students. Additionally, you’ll collaborate with your peers and have exclusive access to DEN developed content and other curated materials. This holistic approach is designed to provide you with the best support to tackle the uncertainties of the startup process.

By joining the Detroit Entrepreneurship Network, students will be eligible to participate in all programs. You'll meet life-long friends, build a strong network with potential employers, and learn how to build your own business.

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