We offer two programs: Startup and Accelerate. Both programs are built to support our mission and both programs are absolutely free.

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.

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. 

STARTUP PROGRAM

Our Startup programs targets growth in three key areas: your ideas, your network, and your learning.

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YOUR IDEAS

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, 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 apply to our program, join and we'll help you get those gears turning!

 
 

YOUR NETWORK

You can't do it all on your own. You need help from others to start a business.  Our community is full of talented, motivated peers that you'll have the opportunity to work and build relationships with. In addition, our team of college will provide mentor support. You'll even be assigned your own mentor for personalized help. 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 make connections. Our network is filled with awesome people who are as committed to you as they are to Detroit.

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YOUR LEARNING

We developed our program 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 process with your own idea, our workshop curriculum parallels the journey. Key themes include ideation, consumer discovery, marketing, management, and pitching. Our 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.  Other highlights include résumé workshops for professional development and financial literacy.

 

ACCELERATE PROGRAM

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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