Events/Speaker Series

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Developing Your Business Model Canvas

5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room W0770

​This 90-minute workshop will explore what a business model is; why a strong model is absolutely critical to anyone interested in launching a new product, service, business, or social venture; and how to develop an effective business model. Participants will learn how to use Alex Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas, a valuable one-page tool for generating and assessing business models. Facilitated by Josh Botkin, Ross faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Fireside Chat: How to Get into Private Equity Consulting

​4:30-5:30 p.m., Blau Auditorium

Free! Join us and connect with professionals in PE consulting during the upcoming Fireside Chat​ on how to get into private equity consulting. The panel will provide insight to U-M students on what it takes to get into management consulting for the private equity industry and how to navigate their career. Hear from leading consultants to the p​rivate equity industry and its key stakeholders. Panelists include Andrew Kunkel of Bain & Company, David Shapiro of Boston Consulting Group, and Chris Doughty of McKinsey & Company. Professor David Brophy will moderate the discussion.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Conducting Effective Customer Discovery

5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room R2240

​Customer discovery is a critical activity that allows you to develop and test hypotheses about your new business or social venture. This 90-minute workshop will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools to conduct effective customer discovery. You'll learn how to: identify and approach the "right" people and secure their participation; conduct effective interviews that extract useful information; capture/document your findings; and extract and synthesize the key insights. Facilitated by Josh Botkin, Ross faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Identifying & Sizing Your Market

5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room R0220

​This 90-minute workshop will help entrepreneurs understand how to evaluate the market for their product or service. Is it big and exciting enough for you to pursue? For investors to get excited about? We'll look at proven approaches to conducting secondary and primary research, in order to glean answers to key questions such as: How big is my market? Is it ready for my solution? How can I break up my market into useful customer segments, and then which segment should I target first, and why? Who are my competitors, and how do I position myself to compete successfully against them? Facilitated by Jim Price, Ross Faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Assessing Financial Feasibility

5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room W0770​

This 90-minute workshop will expose participants to several tools that can be useful in evaluating the financial viability of a startup business. The session will provide a brief overview of analytic tools to help address these key questions: How much money will it take to launch my company? Am I likely to be able to raise outside funding, and if so, from what sorts of sources? How big do we need to get to pay ourselves and quit our day jobs? How about to make a profit? Facilitated by Jim Price, Ross Faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Creating Financial Statements

5:30-7 p.m., Ross School of Business room R1220

​This 90-minute workshop will introduce participants to the three essential financial statements every entrepreneur needs to understand: income statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet. You'll learn what's on each statement, what purpose each document serves, and how to read/create these important materials. Facilitated by Mike Johnson, Ross Faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

ZLI Startup Workshop: Startup Funding for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Noon-1:30 p.m., Ross School of Business room R2220

This 90-minute workshop will help new entrepreneurs understand the different types and sources of funding—and which ones are right for you. We'll cover everything from bootstrapping and crowd funding​ to angel investors and venture capital. You'll learn about key concepts, essential vocabulary, and much more, all in an "investor-free, safe space" where you can feel free to broach Everything You Wanted to Know About Funding But Were Afraid to Ask™! Facilitated by Josh Botkin, Ross Faculty and ZLI Entrepreneur in Residence.​​

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Student Tech Trek sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK and the University of Michigan Career Center

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

​This immersion tour​ will connect students with entrepreneurial- and technology-focused companies in downtown Ann Arbor. These organizations include LLamasoft, Menlo Innovations, SPARK incubator tenants, and more. The application process opens Thursday, Sept. 24, and will be available through the Career Center.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

U-M Innovate Blue Co-sponsoring Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium in Detroit

College for Creative Studies, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education

6400 Cass Avenue, 11th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202

​New technologies and business innovations are creating disruptive opportunities for entrepreneurs to improve urban life. Join us for this informative, interactive, inspiring day of discovery. The $50 fee is being waived for students, and we have a bus reserved for free and easy transportation. Bus sign up is available here. More information and registration can be found at​.