Our Startup program teaches you the fundamentals of the startup process, taking an idea and building a business. Throughout our eleven workshops, students will learn entrepreneurial and business concepts as they develop their presentation, interpersonal, persuasive, and analytical skills. This foundational knowledge is essential for success in an entrepreneur’s career.
Our Accelerate program is for students who have completed the Startup program and are committed to making their business hit the big time. You'll receiving consultation with our team on an ongoing basis. You’ll take your pitch from Startup and build out the real business.
Our Startup program targets growth in three key areas: your ideas, your network, and your learning.
To succeed, your business must be something you're passionate about. We center Startup around your ideas. We want to give you the skills to build your fashion boutique, high tech start-up, taco truck–whatever it is that you'd love to build. And no, you don't need to have an idea to enroll in the program. Come along and we'll help you get those gears turning!
You can't do it all on your own. You need help from others to start a business. DEN is full of talented, motivated peers and college student mentors. At Startup, we take full advantage of this by engaging our members in the program. You’ll have the opportunity to work with amazing people and build your professional relationships. You'll even be assigned your own mentor. Additionally, guest speakers frequent our workshops to give their insight and experience. They are excited to meet you and help aspiring entrepreneurs. From peers to business leaders, there are plenty of opportunities to build your connections.
We have developed Startup to guide you through the startup process 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. As you venture through the startup process with your own idea, our workshop curriculum parallels this journey. Key workshop themes include ideation, consumer discovery, marketing, management, and pitching. Our proprietary curriculum is a curated collection of lessons, lectures, and activities derived from University of Michigan professors, professionals in Detroit, literature, research, and our own experiences.
Our Accelerate program is starting soon. Participants have an opportunity to further advance their businesses through consultation and mentorship from the DEN team. More information will be available soon.
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