Events/Speaker Series

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Ross Venture Capital Investment Competition application deadline
8 a.m.​

Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is an investor competition in which students play the role of venture capital firms. Student teams evaluate real investment options presented by motivated entrepreneurs and decide where to invest their firm's money. Teams of four U-M graduate students apply with: team resume (highlighting strengths, one-page max), individual resumes, and email up to 500 words explaining why the team is entering/should be selected. The winner of the Ross VCIC contest will represent U-M at the VCIC Regionals held at Rice University on Friday, Feb. 6. Most travel expenses will be reimbursed by ZLI. If you cannot travel Feb. 5-7, please do not apply for this internal competition. The winning team from the Rice University competition will earn the right to compete at the Global VCIC Finals at UNC–Chapel Hill on April 9-12, 2015.

Selection Notification: The four teams that are chosen to compete on Dec. 11 will be notified via email by Nov. 25. All selected teams will be required to attend a VCIC prep session on Dec. 8 from 5-6 p.m. Email applications to with a single .pdf document attached with the application materials and the subject line of "VCIC Application for " (Please come up with a creative, but succinct team name for this application.)

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Startup Workshop: How to Pitch
5 p.m., Ross School of Business Room R1230

Learn how to ace your three-minute pitch for the Michigan Business Challenge and participate in a session on storytelling facilitated by the Design+Business Club.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Michigan Business Challenge Round 1
1 p.m.​

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams pitch their ideas for the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling more than $75,000, gain feedback from judges, and expand their business network. Additionally, this year's winning team will receive a prize pack from Fit​bit that includes Fitbit trackers, a Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi scale, and Fitbit gear!

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Working with Industry: How, When & Why?

5:30-7 p.m., G063 & G064, North Campus Research Complex Building 10​

What is needed before engaging with industry? How do I protect my idea? What do industry reps want to hear? Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as we welcome a panel of experts to discuss best practices for presenting your innovative idea to industry. Panelists include Michael Bishop, Director, Medicinal Chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Chris Fick, Licensing Specialist, Life Sciences, U-M Tech Transfer, and Debra Grega, Associate Director of Business Development, Fast Forward Medical Innovation. RSVP here.