Events/Speaker Series

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Finding Michigan's MOJO
​9:30-10:30 a.m., STAMPS Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Avenue
(Doors open at 9 a.m. with light refreshments, panel begins at 9:30 a.m.)

Participate in a town hall panel discussion moderated by Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty on the topic of entrepreneurship in Michigan. Hear from entrepreneurs and experts in and out of Michigan, and voice your opinion. Panelists include Mike Finney, president and CEO of MEDC; Dug Song, founder of Ann Arbor-based Duo Security; and Jeff DeGraff, clinical​ professor of business administration and founder of the Innovatrium. Registration is not required but is helpful.

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Fireside Chat with Geoffrey Prentice, former chief strategy officer of Skype
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Ross School of Business Room R0210​

Join us for a fireside chat with Geoffrey Prentice, former chief strategy officer of Skype, and moderator Jeff Gelfand, senior managing director and chief financial officer of Centerbridge Partners.

Skype has significantly changed the way the world communicates, obliterating the notion of distance. Skype transformed itself from a rowdy startup to a multi-billion dollar Microsoft asset. Geoff Prentice was employee number-one and witnessed Skype's impact on the world. As chief strategy officer, Geoff was tasked with building Skype into the de​ facto global communications platform. Today, Skype has 280 million active users and 250 billion minutes of traffic annually, equating to 44 percent of international telephone traffic. Since exiting Skype, Geoff has focused on investing—first, as founding partner of Atomico, a technology investment firm with $1.5 billion in AUM and now at Oriente Holdings, based in Hong Kong. Geoffrey graduated with a sports management degree. 

Brought to you by the Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance and the School of Kinesiology. For more information, visit http://umfiresidechats.com. Tweet to RSVP "Excited to attend #UMFiresideChats Oct. 31 with Geoff Prentice @MichiganRoss!"

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Michigan Business Challenge Info Session & Startup Workshop: How to Ideate
​5-5:30 p.m., Ross School of Business Room W2760

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition w​here 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. Round 1 kicks-off Dec. 5. Be a part of it!

New this year: Social Impact Track! This $15,000 award recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal through its product/service offerings and underlying operations. Eligible teams will be selected during the first round of MBC to compete in the Social Impact Track starting during the second round. This award is co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute.

Attend our info session and Ideation Workshop to learn more about MBC and start brainstorming.

Any student that submits an application will be invited to compete in Round 1. Intent to Compete is due Nov. 17 at 8 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

SpaceX: The Road to Mars, with Gwynne Shotwell
1-3 p.m., Boeing Auditorium in FXB​

In celebration of the U-M Aerospace Engineering's Centennial, Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, will be on campus presenting "The Road to Mars" and answering your questions!

Submit your questions here.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014-Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Startup Weekend Detroit!
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. It's simple: pitch your startup idea and get feedback from your peers.

Register now with student promo code: STUDENTEB.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Transforming Medicine through Innovation and Design Thinking

Noon-1 p.m., Dow Auditorium at the Towsley Center​

Join the Fast Forward Medical Innovation team as they welcome Uday Kumar, MD, a groundbreaking cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist taking innovation to the world stage through biodesign. Featuring a casual dialogue and informal Q&A, Dr. Kumar will dive deep into the challenges and rewards of being a clinician-inventor, and how he made the leap to becoming an entrepreneur. Registration is required.