Events/Speaker Series

Friday, May 1, 2015 (application deadline)

Desai Accelerator

Turn your passion into a successful business: Apply for the inaugural cohort of the Desai Accelerator. Our startups get unmatched resources in mentorship, talent, community, and visibility. We're looking for technology-based companies in the critical phase between early-stage development and external investment. Our program runs June 8 to Sept. 4 and includes a $25K investment, office space in downtown Ann Arbor, access to student interns, more than $500K in resources, and mentorship from one of the most expansive alumni networks in the country. Apply here​.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 (entry deadline)

2015 Ford College Community Challenge

The Ford College Community Challenge is an innovative national challenge-grant initiative designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led, community-building projects that address pressing local needs. This year's theme is "Building Sustainable Communities." Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and these winning schools or student organizations will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas. To enter, visit the Ford College Community Challenge contest page​ and input your proposal in the available online form or download the proposal template.

Friday-Sunday, May 29-31, 2015

Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Entrepreneurs
Ford Resource and Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley Ave., Detroit ​

Want to make an impact on the world? Join fellow visionaries and entrepreneurs for a special social impact-focused startup weekend in Detroit. Whether you are a developer, designer, business-minded or team leader, they want you! Details and info on how to register are here​, and if you're a U-M student, use the code studentSW for 50 percent off tickets.